MONDAY, MAY 11
SET SAIL: Mini mateys hop aboard a real life boat to dress up as pirates, get their faces painted, and hunt for buried treasure. Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake’s make believe time also includes blasting enemy pirates with water cannons. Various times, $19.
TUESDAY, MAY 12
GET THE SCOOP: Make a bee-line with the kids to the nearest Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop where they’ll be dishing out free scoops of the most decadent frozen treat, including new flavors Banana Rum Jam and Chocolate Caramelized Oat Ice Cream. 4 to 8 PM, free.
HEAR A STORY: One of the most creative story times in the DMV, Stories from Strawberry Park in the Mosaic District presents live interactive performances for the under-ten set. If it’s a scorcher, let the little ones cool off in the nearby fountain afterwards. 10 to 11 AM, free.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13
MEET A (ZOO) NUTRITIONIST: And you thought feeding your brood was hard work. Meet a zoo nutritionist whose job it is to feed and care for all of the National Zoo animals, from butterflies to bears. 11:30 AM, free.
READ AND GIGGLE: If you like the idea of story time for your kid, but know that he won’t be able to sit still, check out this get-together at C. Burr Artz Public Library perfect for little listeners (ages two to five) with an extra dose of energy. Jumping around, dancing, and laughing are totally acceptable. Whew! 11 AM, free.
THURSDAY, MAY 14
EXPLORE WITH INDIANA JONES: The National Geographic Museum’s newest exhibit, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, opens today and features cool archaeological artifacts, plus a slew of authentic Indiana Jones film memorabilia. Through January 3, $7 to $11.