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Friday Question of the Day: “Sweet, Sweet Freedom – looking for some ideas of what to do on a random Tuesday”

by Prince Of Petworth July 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm 38 Comments

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A reader requests:

“I was hoping PoPville could provide some advice to some local parents getting their first extended taste of freedom in a long time. Our kids are FINALLY old enough to spend a week at their grandparents house by themselves, so my husband and I get something we haven’t had in 9 years– a full week in DC with no children. I can’t even wrap my head around it. We aren’t hermits or anything– we get sitters often on weekends and get out of the house. But we don’t get out much during the week so I’m looking for some ideas of what to do on a random Tuesday. I have a couple other friends in the same boat and we’d love to hear from people who are in the know. I feel like there is probably some cool stuff that goes on during the week that I never hear about due to our parental status.”

  • Becca

    I’m a big fan of the Key Bridge boathouse. You can rent kayaks and paddle boards and then cruise around the Potomac.

    You can also check out a show at the Kennedy Center which is free on weeknights around 5 or 6 I think.

  • BloomingdaleRes

    Dan’s Cafe.

    • DupontDC


    • Hoodley Park

      Not sure it’s open on Tuesday!

    • DCbyDay

      definitely not open during the day. but a solid choice nonetheless.

  • anon

    If I had a full week in DC with no children in August, I’d leave DC :)

    But that’s just me.

    • NH Ave Hiker

      Same! There’s so much to do within a two hour drive it’s crazy. Not sure if the OP means things just to do at night though, if they have a job.

  • Hookdntx

    I’d Second the Key bridge boathouse for SUP and then Hit Pinstripes (since you will already be in G-Town) for bowling or bocce and happy hour from 3-7 (get a little drunk since the kids won’t witness)

    • Bloomy

      this sounds fun!

  • Survivor77

    Visit to the National Arboretum or Kenilworth Park.

    • anonaw

      +1. Had off last Friday and went to Kenilworth and it was wonderful.

  • Afternoon Delight

    Maybe this is crass of me to say (or just really obvious), but I can think of a few things you can do at home while your kids are away….

    • Hookdntx

      +2 (one for the suggestion and one for the user name)

      then again, that is how they ended up with the mini mes….

    • I Dont Get It

      Yeah, no need to go to that sidewalk on K St NE.

  • Trinidaddy

    Day drink like a champ.

  • andie

    Hit up one of the restaurants that don’t take reservations (Rose’s Luxury, Bad Saint, etc.) – or get a good reservation that would normally be too much of a pain in the rear to get to on a weeknight

    • textdoc

      I like this idea!

  • P. Lecheval

    I can’t remember the last time I had a random day off during the week with no plans. Lucky you! In the past though, I’ve taken that opportunity to play tourist. There are so many interesting things we all seem to take for granted when we live here. Go to the zoo. Go to the museums. Head out to the Air & Space annex at Dulles. If you’ve never been there, it’s totally worth the drive.

    • Nathan

      Yeah a good tourist day on a random day off is great. Last time I did that I went to the National Gallery of Art, burger and a cocktail at Capital Grille, and Natural History museum for an IMAX movie and a beer.

    • L on Q

      If you want to go above and beyond with the touristy-ness do a segway tour! It can be really fun even if you feel like you’ve seen all of the monuments a million times.

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  • Colhi

    I would: go to museums in the morning. Get lunch at the Native American museum, then gelato at the Art museum. Wander up the Botanic gardens. Then I would finish off the afternoon by going to the bar at Central for a few drinks and killer appetizers.

    • MsSunshine

      The butterfly exhibit at the Museum of Natural History is free on Tuesdays.

      • textdoc

        How odd — they don’t list it in the MNH’s list of current exhibitions, but when I did a search in the MNH site, I found a subsite:

  • SaraEP

    Botanical Gardens, Hirshorn, mini golf @ East Potomac Park, biking on the C&O, biking Fort Washington. If you can and want to leave DC, getting a cabin in western MD or PA is wonderfully relaxing (and so quiet!).

  • Tania

    Go to a matinee at the Atlantic Plumbing Movie Theater (807 V street NW)

    • andy

      office power went out on Friday so we got out early afternoon and I went to Star Trek Beyond at the Atlantic Plumbing theater. (Movie was fun, not life-altering.)
      It was confusing but nice so I will try to offer tips to avoid my bonehead mistakes.
      If you come in, there is a ramp and a step-down to a sit-down area. If you don’t go down the ramp, you will find big displays to buy tickets that are hard to see on entry as they are perpendicular to the door.
      If you don’t buy your tickets there you can get them along with your drinks and snacks before coming into the theater. Be sure to buy the time and seat you want as everything is assigned seats.
      It is a little annoying that you have to pick a seat like in an airplane (I went in to find very few seats occupied though the theater was small and just took one close to where I thought my ticketed seat was).

      If you can avoid my mistakes you can have a nice drink, get tickets, get to your big, comfy seats and enjoy.

  • anon

    Pool at Haines point?

  • CatieCat

    I would say Haines Point pool–being at pool and not having to watch anyone else!!
    National Arboretum–bike or walk around, picnic maybe
    Dinner– agree with other commenter, go to Rose’s or Bad Saint (my choice would be bad saint). get in line early and have some drinks beforehand!

  • sbc

    take a trapeze class near the navy yard and then go out for dinner and a drink nearby.

    franciscan monastery gardens or kenilworth aquatic gardens

    go to the library, get a few good books, and just sit someplace quiet and read

    portrait gallery and the enclosed atrium are nice

  • womp


  • lmfb

    Go to your favorite bar and drink lots. Go to the fancy restaurants that are not kid friendly. Couples spa day (at home or with your partner). Maybe do some non-kid friendly day trips, like visit a winery.

  • Sleep. Go to the movies. Find a pool – maybe a hotel one with alcohol – and do nothing. I don’t know how old your kids are, but being able to do NOTHING is the greatest gift when you’re a parent. Get in a few great dinners where you cannot take your kid(s).

  • parent envy

    This sounds fantastic. I have a young child and am wondering–at what age can she spend a week with the grandparents???

    • PetworthMom

      We just booked our first trip sans kids for December. They’ll be 3.5 and 1.5.


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