10 Educational Things to Do in the Capital Region with Your Elementary or Preschool Child This Summer

With children, learning happens all the time, whether they are in a classroom setting or playing outside the school. This summer, continue to encourage learning with your preschool or elementary school student by taking advantage of some of the things the Capital region has to offer. Try a variety of activities to expose your child to new interests, and then build on the things your child enjoys to promote summer learning.

  1. Learn about animals. Visit the National Zoo to see some amazing animals like komodo dragons, elephants, or pandas. The Reston Zoo also offers some unique animals in a smaller setting.
  2. Go to the top of the Washington Monument. History lovers will enjoy the story behind the monument, and there’s a spectacular view from the top.
  3. Go to a Nationals game. As the national pastime, baseball offers all kinds of experiences. For an inexpensive visit, sit in the bleachers and enjoy counting balls, strikes, and innings.
  4. Visit the Tidal Basin. Check out the Jefferson and FDR Memorials, and enjoy the other activities the area has to offer, such as paddle boating in the water.
  5. Visit a new playground. There are playgrounds all around the region, and summer is the perfect time for children to enjoy some active play while developing gross motor skills. Too hot out? Check out some of the local indoor playgrounds for climate-controlled play.
  6. Stop by the Natural History Museum. Lots to see and do here, and most children wouldn’t mind visiting this building more than once.
  7. Take a tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Watching money being printed is fascinating to children, and the tours aren’t so long that they lose interest.
  8. Go for a hike. There are many trails and parks around to explore. Download a geocaching app on your phone and see if you can find some treasure.
  9. Have some fun on the rides at Six Flags or one of the smaller local fairs or carnivals. Yes, kids will enjoy themselves, but these experiences also open up some science discussions about gravity and centripetal force.
  10. Experience the arts. Places like Discovery Theater, Glen Echo Park, or Imagination Stages allow children to experience and get involved in theater to see if it’s something they want to pursue.

Learning never stops with children, and it’s important to provide experiences when there is a break from school so children can continue to grow and develop. If you’re looking for something to do on a summer day, check out one of these ideas.

For more information on cultivating your child’s education in the DC area, contact us

- R. Rodriguez