Spring is back this week- with highs in the mid-80’s by Friday!!  Plan indoor activities on Monday and Tuesday, and then go outside the rest of the week.

Monday, March 29

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria, VA–  On this rainy Monday, go to Toddler Taverns, a special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.  Tavern Toddlers is a weekly open playtime on Mondays, between 10:30 and noon.  Cost is $7/group of three (one adult).


Tuesday, March 30

Be With Me Playseum, Bethesda, MD- Rainy on Tuesday, so stay indoors and go to the Playseum, a children’s museum in Bethesda with hands-on activities and themed rooms.  There is a pet room with frogs, rabbits, fish, and birds, and also areas for dress up and a reading room.  It is open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and cost $5 per person.


Wednesday, March 31

Mount Vernon- Mount Vernon has many fun things families and kids love to do.  There are baby animals in spring and summer, a 4-D theater with falling snow and rumble seats, and a hands-on history area where kids can play dress-up in 18th-century clothing, read books, and explore activity boxes and games. Mount Vernon is open every day and offers daily programs and special events throughout the year.


Thursday, April 1

Theodore Roosevelt Island, George Washington Parkway, Arlington, VA-  Head to Teddy Roosevelt Island for a “hike” and picnic. There are trails that are flat and wide, so toddlers can walk or go in strollers. There are kid sized climbing rocks, as well as a sandy beach with rocks and shells. Kids will be able to see and hear the jets from Reagan overhead, in addition to many plants and animals: frogs, fish, turtles, ducks, geese, and deer. Bring bread to feed the ducks, and then picnic by the monument.  You can get there in a car only from the northbound lane of GW Parkway. Once you are parked, cross a foot bridge to the island.


Friday, April 2

Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA– Weather is forecasted to be sunny and beautiful on Friday.  Why not head to Reston Zoo?  It is a great place to go with young children- very up close and personal.  I recommend getting on the first Zoofari wagon ride of the day, which is included in price of admission.  It is a great way to see the animals- zebras, ostriches, bison, camels, and antelopes.  There are also tropical birds, kangaroos, and lemurs in other parts of the zoo, as well as a small reptile house.  Their are monkeys near the front of the entrance for viewing.  Visit the petting barn to feed the animals (pony ride tickets, animal feed, and lamb bottles are available at the gift shop).  There is no human food available for sale (outside of snacks in the gift shop), so bring your own food and picnic on a shaded picnic table.  Open 9am-4pm- last admission at 3pm.  Parking is free, and admission is $12.00 for adults, $9.00  kids 2–12, and under 2 are free.