Keeping active is the key to staying healthy as we age. Arts and crafts, group exercise and book clubs are just a few of the activities seniors can engage in to keep busy. While it may be easy to find scheduled activities on the weekdays, weekend activities can be a little more challenging. Here is a list of places in the D.C. area where seniors can find fun activities for both themselves and their families.
East Potomac Mini Golf
East Potomac Park 
972 Ohio Dr. S.W. 
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-7660
www.eastpotomacgolf.com

East Potomac Mini Golf is located on the grounds of the East Potomac Park and is listed in the National Register as the “oldest continuing operating miniature golf course in the country.” The 18-hole mini course is fun for children and adults and is located minutes from the National Mall. The course is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends, and the cost is $6 for seniors over age 59, $7 for adults and $6 for kids under 19.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101 
(703) 442-7557
new.1771.org

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a living history museum depicting life for families on a small pre-revolutionary war farm. Visitors of all ages can visit the museum to see how a small farm functioned in 1771 and even participate in some of the daily tasks of the farmers. In October the farm hosts a Market Fair where guests can eat harvest treats and do some holiday shopping. The farm is open Wednesday to Sunday through Dec. 13, and the cost is $2 for seniors 60 and older.

White Oak Duckpin Lanes
11207 New Hampshire Ave. 
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 593-3000
www.whiteoaklanes.com

Duckpin bowling is a smaller version of traditional bowling, utilizing a softball-sized ball and small pins. The light ball has no finger holes, making it easier to use for players big and small. White Oak is one of the oldest duckpin bowling alleys in the D.C. area and is popular with bowlers of all ages. White Oak Duckpin Lanes is open seven days a week and offers league play on all seven days. Senior rates are $3.50 per game plus $4 for shoe rental.

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Butterfly Pavilion
Smithsonian Institution National Museum Of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000
www.butterflies.si.edu

The Butterfly Pavilion features live butterfly species from all over the world and plants like verbena, jasmine and jatropha. Guests walk through an indoor ecosystem and learn about how butterflies and plants have evolved over time. Tickets for the Butterfly Pavilion are $5.50 for seniors and can be purchased online or in limited quantities at the museum. Admission to the adjoining Butterfly Exhibition Hall is free.

Docent’s Choice Tour Of The Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F Streets N.W. 
Washington, DC  20001
(202) 633-8300
www.npg.si.edu

Head to the National Portrait Gallery for the Docent’s Choice Tour taking place on the first and third Saturday of every month. Enjoy a special tour of the America’s Presidents Exhibition, an overview of the museum or one of the special exhibitions on display. Tours run at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. and meet in the F Street Lobby. 

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