Get out and play: Activity ideas with the kids

Here are some great ideas to beat the heat, enjoy it in the shade, or otherwise keep your kids occupied and pretend it’s not hot out:

  • Every Saturday is “Free Summer Saturday” at the Corcoran and they have a line-up of fabulous kid-friendly events. This Saturday’s event particularly caught my eye, its theme is “Edible Color Wheel” and from 10:30-2pm, kids can use icing to learn how to mix primary colors into secondary colors and make their own edible color wheels. They had me at icing…..
  • One of my all-time summer favorites kicked off last week, Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods.   New this summer, buy admission for one show and you can stay for the second show for free. Tickets are $8 and shows run Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10am and 11:15am. If you haven’t been, the setting is lovely, the shows fantastic and you can spend much of a day there if you pack a lunch and have a picnic after the show. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so I do try to get there a bit early. I’d also recommend bringing some bug spray. Here’s a link to a fab YouTube video to give you a great sense of what to expect when you hit this lovely park.
  • If you live downtown, Georgetown Harbour offers kids activities every Tuesday from 10:30-noon
  • If you like music outdoors, the downtown Silver Spring Swings Concert series kicks off tonight from 7-9pm and runs every Thursday through the  month of July. Head down with your kids in their suits and let them enjoy playing in the fountain and dancing to the music and I’d also recommend the new FroYo that recently opened – the frozen yogurt if fat free and delicious, the toppings include fresh fruit and the prices are so reasonable because you pay by the ounce.
  • If you have little ones, ranging from 12months – 5 years old, Adventure Theatre has started a Preschool Playlab series. Classes are broken down by age group and theme and are offered every weekend and some week day evenings at 6:30pm. The themes strike me as creative and very age-appropriate (Dora Diego theme for 2-3 year olds, for example).  The drop-in rate strikes me as somewhat steep at $24, with a pre-register rate of $20. The location is fabulous, however, and you can spend much of a day at Glen Echo Park  if you hit one of these classes, then the carousel, playground and pack a lunch.

Have a great weekend! Next week’s posts will include more activity ideas, another DC Expert Series featuring a local mom and her amazing business she’s launched, and of course, some rants from moi! Stay cool…

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