We’re all ready to get out of the house by Fri-yay, but maybe you got mired in the craziness that was Monday-Thursday and forgot to make plans. No worries. This area offers lots of options for those of us who need nothing more than to show up. Art, nature and yoga classes and story times abound – often free of charge. Check out these 15 drop-in opportunities to kick your weekends off right.

Photo: Sokha A. via flickr

Zoo Tunes
This interactive music and movement class lets your little animal age 0 to 2 get his or her sillies out. Each week features a different animal. For example, Jan. 19 is “Monkeys Swinging, Monkeys Singing,” which will feature songs about monkeys and apes, and encourage children to move as the primates do.

Cost: $18/child and adult nonmember, $14/Friends of the National Zoo member
Where: 641 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
When: Session 1, 9:15-10 a.m.; Session 2, 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m.
Online: nationalzoo.si.edu

Baby & Me Yoga at Breathing Space
This class walks participants through yoga poses that benefit any caregiver of pre-crawling babies, but the poses are safe for postpartum moms. Moves build strength and flexibility in grownups as they ooh and aah over their babies, who make for some really cute props as attendees incorporate them into poses and learn tricks to help calm them and improve their sleep.

Cost: $16-$20
Where: 641 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
When: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Online: breathingspacedc.com

Photo: Breathing Space DC

Baby + Me (pre-crawlers) at Tranquil Space
Ideal for babies who are two weeks to six months old and their caregivers, the class aims to help new parents reconnect with their bodies and make new friends while making Baby part of the flow. Additionally, caregivers learn to manipulate and massage their little ones’ bodies to help them grow and relax.

Cost: $20
Where: 1632-34 17th St., NW
When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Online: tranquilspace.com

Friday Evening Tricking Classes at Urban Evolution
For kids 9-14 years old who have taken Intro to Parkour, this class teaches participants to do basic acrobatics such as “mind-blowing flips” without “breaking your precious bones in the process.” This is part of a discipline called freerunning, which is like parkour – navigating an area rapidly by jumping, climbing and running – but with more freedom of movement.

Cost: $20
Where: 5505 Cherokee Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
When: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Online: urbanevo.com

Story Time at the D.C. Public Library
There are too many options to list them individually, but stop in to hear a story and do an activity at any of the story times, which are broken up by age group. For instance, there’s the 30- to 40-minute Preschool Story Time for 3- to 5-year-olds, which aims to promote language and listening skills, and Baby and Toddler Story Time, which is a slightly shorter program for newborns through 2-year-olds.

Cost: Free
Where: Check website
When: Check website
Online: dclibrary.org

Songs, Stories & Puppets at BloomBars
Established 10 years ago, this Columbia Heights spot is an artist’s haven – regardless of the medium. 

Where: 3222 11th St., NW
When: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Online: bloombars.com

Pint-Sized Indoor Playtime at Fairlington Community Center
Great for a rainy or cold day – and we’ve had plenty of both lately – this rec center has soft play equipment for 1- to 5-year-olds to enjoy. Caregivers must stay with their children, and no shoes, food or drink are allowed. Note: The Lubber Run Community Center also offers this from 9-11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free
Where: 3308 S Stafford St. (Arlington, Va)
When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Online: parks.arlingtonva.us

Tot Time at the Reston Community Center
Let your children ages 0 to 4 get some socializing done while you do the same. The center provides toys, games, books and music. While you’re there, check out the current art exhibit Bonus: Need something to do on Tuesdays, too? Stop in for the same program at the same time.

Cost: Free
Where: 2310 Colts Neck Rd. (Reston,Va)
When: 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Jan. 23-May 25 (closed March, 23, 27, 30 and April 3 and 6)
Online: restoncommunitycenter.net

TGIF: Free Friday at the Greater Reston Arts Center
Stop in for an evening of family fun for all ages. Activities include storytelling, art-making and an exploration of the center’s gallery. Can’t make this event? Check out Explore More! Learning Center (Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.), when visitors can visit the gallery without a reservation and get a $5 Explore More! Bucket full of materials that promise to engage kids with the exhibition.

Cost: $6/child
Where: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston
When: Feb. 2, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Online: restonarts.org

Fairfax County Public Library
Seriously, tons of events at libraries all over the commonwealth’s most populous jurisdiction. For instance, check out Story Time Yoga on Feb. 2 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) at the Herndon Fortnightly Library for littles ages birth to 3 years, Playdate Café (10 a.m.-noon) at the Great Falls Library for some kid and adult socializing, and Toddler Fitness with a teacher from My Gym at the Dolley Madison Library from 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. for ages 14-36 months.

Cost: Free
Where: Check website
When: Check website
Online: fairfaxcounty.gov/library

Photo: Rocknoceros

Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros at Jammin Java
This trio of guys rocks. The tunes are catchy and educational at the same time. One of their best-known songs is “PINK!” but we especially like the “Plymouth Rockers” album featuring songs about states. Bonus: Parents and kids can enjoy snacks and non-alcoholic drinks during the show.

Cost: $5
Where: 227 Maple Ave. (Vienna, Va)
When: 10 a.m.
Online: jamminjava.com

Weekday Play at Play N’ Learn Playground Superstores
What’s the best way to try out playground equipment? Let kids go to town on it. More specifically, they can romp around on swing sets and trampolines or try air hockey and foosball tables, and basketball hoops.

Cost: $8/child/2 hours
Where: 9033 Red Branch Rd. (Columbia, Md); 4102 Pepsi Pl., (Chantilly, Va)
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Online: playnlearn.com

Spanish Storytime at the Long Branch Library
This Montgomery County, Md., Public Libraries program is a story time in Spanish for ages 5 and younger. Besides reading a book, kids will sing songs and participate in literacy-building activities. This is muy bueno for children who speak Spanish already or are learning.

Cost: free
Where: 8800 Garland Ave. (Silver Spring, Md)
When: 11 a.m.
Online: montgomerycountymd.gov

Play, Work or Dash
Need a quiet moment to get some work done – or simply need a quiet moment? Kids can play in a supervised playroom while parents set up shop at available desks, sip free coffee or tea, and use the high-speed internet. There’s a conference room in case you need to hold a meeting or get some privacy. Children 2 and up who are potty-trained can stay without a parent on-site for up to 90 minutes.

Cost: $26
Where: 8214-B Old Courthouse Rd. (Vienna, Va)
When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Online: playworkdash.com

Playseum
This one isn’t technically a class, but you can just show up with your kiddo(s) in tow and have a blast exploring the 12 areas, including a play area with oversized Legos, a salon offering mini manicures, a bakery, a pet shop with live animals and a pretend grocery store. Be sure to check out the story times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. while you’re there.

Cost: $9/person, free/11 months and younger
Where: 7000 Wisconsin Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Online: playseum.com

What is your favorite thing to do on a Friday? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Stephanie Kanowitz

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