#HappyWeekend! We've rounded up loads of fun things to do if you and the kids will be spending it in Washington, D.C. So break out those UNICEF Kid Power Bands and head on out to any or all of these fun and cultural family attractions happening in our nation's Capitol this weekend!
Get a Clue: If your kids like playing detective, Encore Stage and Studio, is putting on an a family friendly adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, with show times Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Find out what happens after Holmes and Moriarty face off in a race to recover a set of mysterious letters. For tickets and more information, click here Recommended for kids ages 6 and older.
Into the Deep: On Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. you and your toddlers can dive deep into the Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History to learn about the type of transportation needed to get around below the surface of the water — and meet the kind of creatures you'll find there. The cost of admission — $43 per ticket — covers one adult and child.
Healthy First Saturday: It's the first weekend of the month and that means it's time for Baltimore's Port Discovery Children's Museum's monthly Healthy First Saturday. Running from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., the program offers activities designed to get kids walking, skipping, running and sliding! Educational and fun art projects are also planned and with Faza Fam Family Jam in the house you're sure to all get in the groove together.
Meet the New Cat in Town: For the first time since 1948, the Great Cats habitat at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is once again home to an Amur tiger, a 10-year-old male named Pavel. He came to the Zoo from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Ill. After you've said hello, there are plenty of other animals to meet, including the Zoo’s giant pandas who are right in their element this very frigid weekend. Natives to the cold climate of the western Chinese mountains, the pandas are more active in the wintertime, so bundle up and make some new furry friends!
Ice Skating: There are plenty of places to hit the ice in D.C. this season. Twirl amidst the art at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden’s rink (above) thru March 11, 2018. Lace up your skates at the Potomac-side rink at The Wharf in SW DC, and practice your figure 8s at the “iceless” rinks at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown and the Watergate Hotel, where your family can skate under the stars on its roof, where your kids can rack up some UNICEF Kid Power points while you enjoy the 360-degree views of DC and the Potomac. For more ice-skating hotspots, check out Curbed Washington, D.C.'s handy map and round-up.
Walking Tours: Earn some UNICEF Kid Power points taking in the sites with DC by Foot. DC by Foot prides itself for its free family friendly tours that will keep kids engaged with games, fun facts and trivia. Tours include the Arlington Cemetery Walking Tour, the Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour, the Ghosts of Georgetown Tour as well as a trek along the National Mall. Tours are offered daily during the Spring-Autumn, and most days in Winter. For more info on days and times, go here.
National Air and Space Museum: A family trip to Washington, D.C., isn’t complete without a visit to the National Air and Space Museum. Kids and parents will marvel at thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including the airplane the Wright brothers flew during the world’s first successful powered flight and the Apollo 11 Command
East Potomac Golf Course: Far from your average golf course, East Potomac Golf Course has fun for all ages, thanks to the “Family Course.” The 9-hole beginner course has holes ranging from 100-200 yards, with a great view of the Washington Monument plus a driving range, practice holes, and a putting green for all golfer levels to enjoy! East Potomac also offers FootGolf, a cross between golf and soccer, for ages 10 and up. Players try to kick their soccer ball into the hole in as few shots possible. Visit one of the 5 official FootGolf courses in DC, along with many more offerings here!
College Park Aviation Museum: Rather than stand in line at the Air and Space Museum — which is an awesome museum — try the alternative. College Park Aviation, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is not only state-of-the-art but it’s located in the grounds of the world’s oldest continuously operating airport. The aviation museum houses an incredible array of aircraft and tons of hands-on activities and interactive areas to explore, including a flight simulator!
Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens: Boasting 10 acres of gardens - both formal and informal - in the heart of Georgetown, this place isn’t a museum. It’s an oasis! There aren’t many capital cities in the world offering such a beautiful, centrally located place where kids can run around on land that also houses a museum with inspiring works of art.
The Yards Park: Located just south of Capitol Hill, the Yards Place is designed as a series of outdoor “rooms,” where, once the warmer months kick in, kids can cool off at an 11-foot deep man-made canal created just for them. Scattered around are chaise lounges for anybody that needs to catch their breath, or some rays and if you keep your ears pricked, you can hear the sound of a baseball game in full swing at nearby National Park!
The Potomac: This treasure of a river runs right through this historic city! Upriver from the National Mall is the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on Theodore Roosevelt Island. There’s loads of space to run around, explore, have picnics and watch the passing kayaks and boats. Head south, and you’ll discover the Potomac National Harbor with three great sites to explore with the kids: the beautiful nature walk, the “The Awakening” ( a huge sculpture of a giant attempting to emerge from the earth) and, of course, the paddle boats!
Photo by Elvert Barnes, from Flickr