Discover why Washington D.C. is  a great place for a family vacation.
  • Feb25

    The weather is getting nicer and if your family is looking for something to do that is educational and outside then we have the perfect place for you – Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.

    So here’s the background: Hillwood was owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, who once was the richest woman in America and owned Post Cereal Company. Hillwood was one of three houses she owned. (You may have heard of one of the others, Mar-A-Lago, now owned by President Trump.)

    Hillwood Museum

    My mom and I went to Hillwood a few years ago and we liked it. When we heard there was a new exhibit we were excited to visit again. The exhibit is called the Four Seasons and it is four giants made out of things found during each of the four seasons. While you are exploring outside don’t miss the Japanese Gardens and don’t fall in the water. We thought this would be a great place to read a book. Across from the Japanese Gardens is a family dog graveyard that is so sweet.

    Hillwood Museum

    This trip we did a quick browse through the house and had fun looking at some of our favorite rooms. Don’t miss the breakfast room and her closet and the sign on her bedroom door. The house is almost like an American palace.

    Hillwood Museum

    The Four Seasons exhibit ends on March 31st so get this on your weekend agenda.

    • Where: 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC
    • Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Cost: There is a suggested donation of $18 for adults and $5 for children
  • Feb15

    The White House

    The First Lady’s office announced today that the White House will reopen for tours on Tuesday, March 7th. Click here for the complete press release with information about tour times.

    As has been the practice in the past, requests for tickets to tour the White House should be submitted through your Member of Congress or Senator. Don’t know who that is? Click here and enter your zip code to find your Member of Congress and click here to find your Senator.

    Keep in mind requests may be made up to three months in advance and should be made no less than 21 days in advance.

  • Aug31

    The National Building Museum has a really cool Icebergs exhibit that will only be here until Monday. If you are in DC for Labor Day weekend this would be a great thing to do with your family.

    iceberg glow

    At the Icebergs exhibit there are big and small icebergs and ones that glow and icebergs inside of an iceberg. Icebergs is almost as cool as Beach last summer.

    There are two slides and a viewing tower to see the top of the icebergs. There are also bean bags to sit and play in. My favorite part was seeing all of the icebergs because it was so realistic.

    national building museum

    After your visit can get gelato up the street at Pitango. There’s not much parking downtown so you should consider taking an uber or a taxi.

    • Where: National Building Museum
    • Address: 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
    • Hours: 10:00am- 5:00pm
    • Ends: September 5, 2016
    • Tickets are needed. Adults: $16 and Kids over two years old: $13

    (Photos by Elice Lebedev)

  • Aug29

     

    Kids Will Travel

     

    Hi! I’m the back of the head you’ve seen in all of the pictures on this website for all of these years. I will be posting to the website and I have a cool idea for a new feature called: Branching Out.

    Branching Out will be posts about somewhere I’ve traveled or somewhere I think is cool. I will share some tips and give a kid’s perspective.

    Here are some things that are cool about me: I’m a 10 year old girl than has lived here in DC my whole life so I know some secrets about the city! I hope you’ll visit my hometown soon! 😉

  • Jul28

    There is no way around it – Washington, DC is hot in the summer.

    The Smithsonian Museums are a great place to beat the heat. Try extending your time in the AC by watching one of the IMAX movies at the National Air Space Museum or the Museum of Natural History.

    But when all else fails, there is ice cream!

    ice cream pints

    Here are our favorite places to find a cool treat:

    • Pitango Gelato – with locations on Capitol Hill and in Penn Quarter, Pitango is convenient to the tourist hot spots and the gelato is delicious. I recommend the chocolate hazelnut. (413 7th Street, NW in Penn Quarter and 660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE on Capitol Hill)
    • Thomas Sweet – A Georgetown tradition with tons of flavor options and lots of add-ins. My favorite is the Coffee Oreo – yum. This is also a great spot for people watching. (3214 P Street, NW in Georgetown)
    • Pleasant Pops – With refreshing flavors like Honeycrisp Apple and Pineapple Basil, Pleasant Pops is a bit off the beaten path for tourists, but is located in a true DC urban neighborhood that will be fun to explore. (1718 Florida Avenue, NW, near Adams Morgan)

    Don’t let the heat scare you away from getting out and exploring our great city. In the heat of the summer you can find some great deals. Kids are free at the Newseum through Labor Day and Pitango Gelato is just around the corner!