HOT week ahead- here are some indoor and outdoor options for this week.  Go out and play!

Tuesday, May 25 Canal Boat Ride – 11am, 1:30pm, 3pm @ Georgetown & Great Falls — Ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules, and experience rising 8 feet in a lock.  Park rangers in period clothing  will tell you about what life was like for the families that lived and worked on the canal.  Bring fruit or carrots to feed the mules after the ride.  $5.00 per person ages 4 and above (3 and under are free).  Seats are first come first served.  Wednesday through Sunday  http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/publicboatrides.htm

Wednesday, May 26 Rocks and Minerals Class– 4pm – 5pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, VA– For children ages 7-12, use Long Branch’s science kits to work with rocks and minerals.  Children will get to take home a rock specimen.  $6 fee, and registration is required. 703-228-6535  http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_8918

Thursday, May 27- Watch the Airplanes @ Gravelly Point Park, Arlington, VA- Bring balls, bikes, and a picnic and head to Gravelly Point to watch the planes take off and land from Reagan National.  The runway is just 400 yards away, and you can watch the ducks and enjoy the DC skyline along the Potomac.  Can only access it from Northbound George Washington Parkway.  .  http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/profile/gravelly-point-park,1028013.html

Friday, May 28 Tidal Basin Paddle Boats & Einstein– 10am – 6pm, Washington, DC — Go ride the paddle boats and check out the monuments.  Cost is $10 per hr for a 2 passenger boat, and $18 per hr for a 4 passenger boat You can reserve online for times between 10am-4pm, and there is also walk-up business. Pre-registration guarantees boat rentals.   Life jackets fit kids over 25 pounds.  Walking paths surround the area and visitors are free to picnic along the shore.  Afterwards go climb on Einstein (across Constitution Avenue near 21st Street, NW).  The Albert Einstein Memorial is on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences.  The huge bronze statue is a fun place for kids to climb and play.  http://www.tidalbasinpeddleboats.com/

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