Yes, it’s only Tuesday, but sometimes it’s not the weekend that’s hard to fill, but those long, quiet weekdays when you’re fighting the urge to simply plop them in front of the TV. No worries, because we’ve got your Thank Goodness It’s Tuesday list of things to do. Try one of these activities to liven up a slow week and push you one step closer to the weekend.

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Do the Butterfly Bounce
Walk among nature’s flying canvases as you immerse yourself in this amazing tropical ecosystem of exotic plants and butterflies. Visitors get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures as they fly and feed freely around you. The experience never ceases to thrill kids and adults alike. Tuesdays are free, but you still need a ticket, which can be picked up at the Butterfly Pavilion box office starting at 10 am.

When: Tuesdays, 10 am
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Pavilion
2nd floor of the National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW (National Mall)
202-633-1000
Online: spotabutterfly.com

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Stop to Smell the Flowers
Every Tuesday, Tudor Place opens its doors to the younger crowd for its Tudor Tots program, which features singing, reading, and playing in the gardens of this beautiful historic estate overlooking Georgetown and the Potomac River. The 5-acre estate was built in 1816 and originally owned by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter. It features historical examples of neoclassical architecture along with a distinguished collection of art and sculpture.

When: Tuesdays, 10 am-10:45 am
Cost: $5/kids
Ages: 2-4

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
1644 31st St., NW
Online: tudorplace.org

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Book It!
Tuesday Tales at Montgomery County Library It’s more than just story time; Tuesday Tales features a little of everything including songs, rhymes, stories, dances, crafts and short films. Geared for preschool-aged children and their parents, this is sure way to help your little ones burn some Tuesday energy.

When: Tuesdays, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Cost: Free
Ages: 2-5

Montgomery County Library
4407 Aspen Hill Rd. (Rockville, Md)
Online: host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd

Potomac Barnes and Noble Story Time Everybody likes a good story, especially with an animated reader and an audience of young peers. Every Tuesday, little ones gather at Potomac Barnes and Noble to play, mingle, and read. It’s free and fun and sometimes they hand out special treats to eat.

When: Tuesdays, 11 am-12 pm
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Barnes and Noble At Potomac Yard
3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy. (Alexandria, Va)
703-299-9124
Online: Barnes and Noble Potomac Yard

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Chow Down
Need a cheap date?  Take your kids out to lunch or dinner on Tuesdays at one of these restaurants where kids eat for free. It’s a great way to get out of the house, enjoy a meal that you don’t have to prepare yourself, and keep it inexpensive. The following D.C. favorites feature Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays:

Austin Grill
The deal: Two kids eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée.
750 E St. (National Archives)
Online: austingrill.com

Mr. Henry’s Capitol Hill
The deal: Kids (8 and under) eat free on Tuesday nights from 5:30 pm–9 pm.
601 Pennsylvania Ave., SE (Capitol Hill)
Online: mrhenrysrestaurant.com

Surfside Restaurant
The deal: One free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entrée.
2444 Wisconsin Ave. (Glover Park)
Online: mrhenryrestaurant.com

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Toll the Bells
Exploring the sanctuary and grounds of the National Cathedral is neat enough (bring a camera to take pics of the gargoyle statues and stained glass windows). But on Tuesday evenings things get even cooler when the Washington Ringing Society and the National Cathedral School for Girls hold their peal bells practices. For the best listen, just hangout in the Bishop’s Garden—bring after dinner snacks to make it the perfect ending to a perfect Tuesday.

When: Tuesdays, 7 pm-9 pm
Cost: Free
Ages: All

National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW
202-537-6200
Online: nationalcathedral.org

What’s your favorite thing to do on Tuesday’s with your family? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Jamy Bond

Photos courtesy of Sharan Mohanadoss via Creative Commons, Tudor Place via Facebook, yancy9 via Creative Commons, Besa Pinchotti