Feeling blue that you’re in town this weekend? Don’t you dare! In addition to the Lego fest and hometown parade, there are oodles of awesome things to do with your kids on these last lovely days of summer. Here’s your APISS Labor Day Staycation Guide:
Glen Echo Park and The Adventure Theatre’s Open House for Kids Saturday
The Adventure Theatre has workshops for all ages from 12-4pm and an open rehearsal of Harold and the Purple Crayon, complete with dress up and coloring activities for the children in the audience. The carousel will be running, the puppet theater will be playing, all of the children’s arts and crafts and performance classes will be exhibiting. See the huge schedule of events for kids here.
Six Flags America Washington, DC
Friends of APISS are often amazed that we take our preschoolers and toddlers to this theme park. What many do not know is that there are tons of things for little ones to enjoy. We spend a good deal of time in Looney Tunes Town, the area of the park especially for kids 1-6 years of age. The kids love the gentle rides on trains, carousels and bumper cars. The costumed cartoon characters are cruising around and there’s a stage where they perform dances and storytimes. Other parts of the park have rides that the entire family can enjoy together, like the hot air ballon family ferris wheel and the tea cups. And we love the kid-oriented performances like the silent wild west stunt show and musical performances.
Then we change into our swimsuits and play in all the family areas of the adjoining waterpark, Hurricane Harbor. Admission to the water slides and many kid water playgrounds is included with your ticket to Six Flags. And as you can imagine, there are even more things to do in both of the parks if you have big kids.
Six Flags America is a reasonable, and local, amusement park outing, especially when compared to theme parks with happy rodents at the helm. Kids 2 and under are free, adult tickets are 2 for 1 when you buy them online or even less if you are a AAA member. We brown bag our lunch and store it in a locker to save cash, load the diaper bag with healthy snacks and waters and we get out of the park spending less than $100 for a day to remember.
Here is our set of photos so you can see the family fun. Six Flags is open select weekend days in September and all weekends in October, see calendar, but Hurricane Harbor will be closed after Monday.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival
From 10am-7pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Annapolis, your family can be transported back to medieval times. This weekend is “Magic Weekend,” featuring magic shows galore, and seniors 62+ are free on Monday. Children’s activities include puppet shows, mimes, acrobats, pirates, dancers, musicians, jousters and more. Of special interest are the performances of Robin Hood and Saint George and the Dragon, in which children from the audience play the main roles to the cheers and boos of the crowd! And of course, there are renaissance yummies and crafts and costumes all over the place. Here’s a coupon for $4 off adult admission, $1 off kid tickets. Open every weekend until mid-October, last day October 19.
Swimming Pools and Sprayparks
This is the last weekend outdoor public and private pools and sprayparks will be open in most cases. Once this rain lets up on Sunday, enjoy a final sunny swim and the sweet smell of chlorine.
May you and your family have a super Labor Day weekend.