Best of Washington 2012: Nine Great Rainy-Day Activities

Best of Washington 2012

1 Play in a tepee

Or duck into an igloo, weave baskets, and participate in a quiz show at the National Museum of the American Indian’s ImagiNATIONS Activity Center. Free.

2 Take flight

Explore airplanes and rockets, take in an Imax show, or watch planes in flight from the observation tower at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles. Free.

3 Relive your own youth

Roller-skating with your kids is a low-cost way to burn energy. Manassas’s Skate N Fun Zone offers admission specials ($1.99 to $9) and skate themes.

4 Enjoy a fun show

At Glen Echo Park, take a spin on the vintage carousel, check out a Puppet Co. production, or see a show put on by the award-winning Adventure Theatre MTC.

5 Dance, dance

Little ones can dance to great kids’ musicians at Boogie Babes shows. Performances (usually $5) are at DC’s Atlas Performing Arts Center and Eastern Market.

6 Listen to kids’ music adults like

Check out the weekday performances at Vienna’s Jammin’ Java. Occasional Saturday shows feature a “buy a beer, get a free juice box” special.

7 Play at the library

Storytime at the Library of Congress, Fridays at 10:45 am in the Jefferson Building’s Young Readers Center, includes songs, books, and toys. Suitable for up to age four.

8 Into the pool

Rain shouldn’t keep water lovers from the pool. At the indoor Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool in Chillum, kids of all ages can enjoy water slides and swimming. Children $5, adults $6.

9 Hit the mother ship of indoor gyms

Thrill-O-Rama in Bowie boasts a moon bounce, an electronic dance floor, a girls’ spa, and more—plus a parents’ lounge. It’s $9 for kids up to age 14.