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  • Feb20

    White House Easter Egg Roll

    The White House Easter Egg Roll is a Washington tradition dating back to 1878. Of course over the years the event has gotten bigger and this year the President and his family will welcome over 35,000 guests to the White House grounds. So how can you get a ticket?

    This year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 and the lottery for tickets opens this Thursday, February 21st at 10:00 am EST. Visit www.recreation.gov to enter the lottery and try your luck at winning free tickets.

    There will be live music, book readings, cooking demonstrations and of course the rolling of the Easter eggs. The events are geared towards children under 13, but honestly who wouldn’t love to spend a morning on the lawn of the White House.

    Be sure to let us know if you score tickets!

     

  • Feb14

    In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, how about some tips on how to spend an evening in DC without the kids.

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    DC is really coming into its own as far as the food scene. This month’s Washingtonian lists the 100 Very Best Restaurants in DC and is a great resource if you are looking for advice on where to eat in the city. Although there are tons of fun areas to explore during a night on the town, our favorites are 14th Street, Georgetown and Downtown.

    Washingtonian

    14th Street

    14th Street is the new place to be. It’s a fun scene with great new restaurants and a hip young crowd. We like to go so we feel hip and young. Start your evening with a drink at the Cork Wine Bar and afterwards take a short walk to Pearl Dive for delicious oysters and fresh seafood or to Estadio for amazing small plates.

    Georgetown

    Georgetown is our place to go for old time favorites. Here you can mix with the Georgetown college kids out bar hopping and the international set dressed to the nines. If it’s a nice evening start your night at Sequoia where you can sit outside and enjoy a cocktail by the water. Be forewarned this is a popular spot and can be packed on a pretty Spring or Summer night. You may find some folks started their evening early, like at lunch.

    For the ultimate spot in people watching, dinner at Cafe Milano is a must. Wear your highest heels and your designer jeans, but also make sure you are comfortable enough to enjoy your meal because this is good Italian food. Another fun spot nearby is Neyla, a cozy mediterranean restaurant with small plates perfect for sharing. If you want to splurge, then Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons Hotel is perfect for dinner for two.

    Downtown

    Downtown DC has an endless number of restaurants so it was difficult for me to choose just a few. Off The Record, the bar in the basement of the Hay Adams Hotel is a must for your first stop. Just across the park from the White House, this dark clubby bar is full of red leather and classic cocktails. For dinner, The Source is Wolfgang Puck’s DC home. Located in the Newseum Building this airy restaurant has a varied menu and a fun vibe. If it’s steak you crave, then across the street is the famous Capital Grille and you must try their amazing Stoli Doli – but just have one! If you want something a bit more laid back head to Rosa Mexicana in Penn Quarter for grown-up Mexican and guacamole made right at your table. And to end your night, the W Hotel rooftop bar is the perfect place for a drink with the best view of the city.

    I’ll take any excuse for a quiet evening for two! Have fun exploring!

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Mr. and Mrs. Kids Will Travel!

    Washington Monument Shadows

     

  • Feb07

    Winter is hanging on and there is no better way to warm up than with a cup of hot chocolate. So where should you go in Washington, DC for a good cup of cocoa?

    Marvelous Market

    First up is my daughter’s favorite, Marvelous Market. This is a DC area chain and you will find these sandwich shops in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, downtown on K Street and in the Palisades and Chevy Chase neighborhoods. Not only do they have delicious hot chocolate, but they also have a great cup of coffee, sweets and pre-made sandwiches.

    Marvelous Market DC

    Paul

    Another Kids Will Travel favorite is the hot chocolate at Paul. Think true European hot chocolate that actually quite resembles a molten chocolate bar. Decadent. It’s especially good when you dip in a croissant, just a suggestion.

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    National Sculpture Garden Cafe

    If you’re looking for hot chocolate with a view then make a stop at the National Sculpture Garden where in the winter you will find a great ice skating rink. There is a cute little cafe overlooking the rink with sandwiches, hot chocolate, coffee and wine! It’s a great spot for an afternoon break and good people watching.

    National Sculpture Gallery Ice RinkSerendipity

    If you’re looking for over the top, head straight to Georgetown and Serendipity. This frozen hot chocolate may not warm you up, but your kids will love it just the same. It’s big enough to feed a family so grab a spoon and enjoy!

    Child eating ice cream

    What’s your favorite family winter warm-up activity? Leave us your comments…