Viewing a work of WONDER
Experience WONDER at the Renwick Gallery
. Even if you’ve already seen it, a repeat look is just as enchanting. And if it’s your first time, well, you’re in for quite a treat. Hours are 10am- 5:30pm. Admission is free.
Tuesday – Join the Loudon Heritage Farm Museum for Toddler Tuesday. Enjoy a themed story time, songs, and crafts with your little one, all free with regular Museum admission ($5/adult, $3/ages 2-12, free for under 2). The program begins at 10am and is best for ages 18 months to 4 years old.
Wednesday – Get a nature fix at the Brookside Nature Center in Wheaton, MD. Check out the plant and wildlife exhibits, including live animals, and play in the Children’s Discovery Room. Later in the day, head to Hooray for Books and listen to local author Laura Gehl read her new picture book, Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching! There will be free crafts, treats, and games at 4pm followed by a special story time at 5pm.
Thursday – Visit the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. I just posted about the spot where kids of all ages can explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits and activities. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $12 (under 2 are free).
Friday – Explore some of our country’s most spectacular places at a viewing of National Parks Adventure 3D at the National History Museum’s Johnson IMAX Theater. The film is full of stunning cinematography and thrilling adventure that will transport you and spark wanderlust. Tickets are $9, and there are several showtimes throughout the day. And be sure to plan for some museum time beyond the movie — hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.
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One of our favorite parts of the National Gallery
Monday – Rise + Rhyme at Busboys and Poets
in Takoma or Hyattsville, Md. The weekly series welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Admission is $5. Plan on breakfast, too — full service will be available while the little ones are grooving! (FYI: The series also takes place in Shirlington, Va, the last Tuesday of every month.)
Tuesday – Go ice skating under (hopefully) sunny skies! Enjoy art as you glide at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; meander the paths at Canal Park; or do some holiday shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. Several local rinks offer push aides to help newbie skaters. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area, including bonus activities to enjoy while you’re there.
Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones at The Puppet Co. The lights stay on, and doors remain open during Tiny Tots performances for the youngest audiences. Winter Wonderland is this week’s production. Showtime is 10am. Tickets are $5 for everyone, including babies.
Thursday – Visit the animals, roam the peaceful grounds, and possibly join in a children’s program at Oxon Hill Farm near National Harbor. Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, and admission is free.
Friday – Check out some art at the National Gallery. Plan on spending most of your time in the West Building, as the East Building is currently undergoing renovations (the atrium, gallery shops, and cafes remain open). Be sure to take a walk/ride on the moving sidewalk for a dazzling light show, always a delight for kids (and adults, for that matter). Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.
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Do you want to build a tiny snowman?
[Note: Regular hours should resume at most places by Tuesday, January 26, but in these post-storm situations, I always recommend calling ahead to confirm. Also, I’m still accepting submissions for the KFDC Blizzard of 2016 Photo Contest — enter your best shots by emailing them to email@example.com!
Monday – Take advantage of Snowzilla’s outcome before it gets too slushy. Build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight! But if you want a break from the snow, go bounce some energy off at Flight Trampline Park. They are open today starting at 12pm, and it’s Open Jump all day! I recommend buying tickets and signing waivers online in advance.
Tuesday – Let the kids take the wheel at the Washington Auto Show. The annual event showcasing the newest models of cars and trucks will be at the Washington Convention Center through January 31. Kids (and adults) can sit in the driver’s seat, pretend to cruise around, check out dashboard details, and more. Open this week 12-9pm Tuesday – Thursday (12-10pm on Friday and varying hours on the weekend). Admission is $12/adult, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under. Read more about what to expect in this post about one of our past experiences there.
Wednesday – Show the kiddos relics from the nation’s past at the National Museum of American History. Explore the new Innovation Wing and gets hands on in the Spark!Lab, take little ones to play in Wegmans Wonderplace, see the progress of transportation in America on the Move. Toys and games, items from pop culture past, sports memorabilia, and the star spangled banner will also grab young kids’ attention. The museum is open from 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.
Thursday – Get a nature fix indoors at Watkins Nature Center. There, you can see and learn about birds, reptiles, and other creatures that inhabit the surrounding area. If possible, head over to the Wizard of Oz-themed playground to romp outdoors and Old Maryland Farm where ponies, cows, chickens, rabbits, and other animals live. The Nature Center is open 8:30am – 5pm, the Farm 9am – 4pm, the playground dawn to dusk. Admission to everything is free.
Friday – Visit the National Geographic Museum, where Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World opens on January 27. Don’t miss the captivating images of Photo Ark and Pristine Seas while you’re there. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $15/adult, $12/senior, $10/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under, and it gets you into all of the exhibits. Look for a discount on adult tickets here.
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Ready to explore Ancient Egypt at Port Discovery
Feel like you’re outdoors in the comfort of pleasant temps at the U.S. Botanic Garden
. Walk amid tropical rainforest, desert, and woodland flora (without requiring a hat and gloves) and stop in the “Plants in Culture” exhibit, where you can smell the scents of herbs and spices and learn about their everyday uses. Hours at the USBG are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Venture up to Baltimore for a day of play at Port Discovery! The children’s museum is full of neat interactive exhibits for all ages. And a special Wonderful Wednesday program invites babies through 6-year-olds to develop early learning skills with art, music, and literacy activities. Museum hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is $14.95 for ages 2 and up (free for under 2).
Thursday – Bring little ones to enjoy Theatre for the Very Young at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, where Marmalade is running through January 24. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30m. Tickets are $9. Plan for lunch on H Street afterward — there are plenty of kid-friendly places nearby, including The Argonaut, Shawafel, Taylor Gourmet, and Red Rocks.
Friday – Take advantage of Tots Playtime at Pinstripes in Georgetown. From 10am – 12pm most weekdays, ALL kids can bowl for just $5 (plus $5 shoe rental), and parents are free (limit 4 kids per adult). Stay after for lunch — they have a good kids menu and a pretty extensive main menu, too.
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Fun and learning in Newton’s Alley at the Maryland Science Center
Join National Park Service Rangers at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
for the weekly Reading Ranger
series. Geared toward children under 5 and their caregivers, the sessions include a fun and educational story time as well as a craft activity. Start time is 10:30am, and admission is free. The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House is located at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW.
Tuesday – Let little ones jump the morning away during Toddler Time at SkyZone. The trampoline park has locations in Columbia, Gaithersburg, and Manassas, and they all offer the special sessions for ages 5 and under from 9:30-11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission is $5.
Wednesday – Take your baby to see a movie. Well, really take yourself to see the movie, but feel comfortable bringing your baby along at a Crybaby Matinee. The Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market hosts the weekly series so moms with tiny ones can relax and enjoy a flick without worrying about unexpected tantrums or feedings in the dark. This week’s screening of When Marine was There starts at 12pm, and admission is $8. If your babes are older, take them to see a movie on the really big screen. There are always several IMAX films playing at the Natural History Museum’s Johnson IMAX Theater and the Air & Space Museum’s Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater. Tickets are $9/adults, $7.50/youth. Be sure to check schedules for showtimes. And, of course, plan for some time before or after to explore the museums, too.
Thursday – Make your way up to Baltimore to visit the Maryland Science Center to explore a variety of cool hands-on exhibits, play in the Kids Room, check out the new Science & Main exhibit, and so much more. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $20.95/adults, $16.95/ages 3+, free for 2 and under. (I suggest checking out their membership options — if your family of 4 goes just twice in a year, it’s worth it. Plus, there’s reciprocity with other museums around the country.)
Friday – Join the National Portrait Gallery for some creative fun at an Open Studio Friday session. All ages are welcome to explore a different art medium each week with all kinds of neat projects. Drop in anytime from 1-6pm. Go earlier or stay after to explore the museum’s collections, too! Museum hours are 11:30am – 7pm. Admission is free. Read more about the Penn Quarter gallery in this KFDC post.Advertisement
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