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  • Nov09

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    Halloween is over which means the holidays will be here before you can blink. Here are some things we are looking forward to this holiday season.

    Glen Echo Park Puppet Company

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    For younger children there is a Nutcracker puppet show at Glen Echo Park beginning on November 27th. Click here for more information on times and how to buy tickets.

    Old Town Alexandria

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    On November 27th Old Town Alexandria will be kicking off the holiday season with their tree lighting. Click here for additional details on this free event.

    ICE at National Harbor

    ICE

    Bundle up and experience ICE at National Harbor. There will also be fireworks and a Christmas Tree lighting at National Harbor on November 29th. Click here for more information on dates, times and tickets.

    Wolftrap

    Holiday-Sing-640

    On December 5th the Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a holiday sing-a-long at 4pm. The event is free and you can find more information here.

    Kennedy Centerfamily-christmas1

    The Kennedy Center is hosting a Family Christmas Concert on December 13th at 2:00pm. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

     National Botanic Garden

    Photo Credit: Architect of the U.S. Capitol

    Photo Credit: Architect of the U.S. Capitol

    The train display at the National Botanic Garden is a must for any age and is free. The display opens on November 26th and closes on January 3rd. Click here for details.

    National Zoo

    National Zoo Lighted Elephant

    The holiday light display at the National Zoo is a fun activity for families and is also free.The display opens on November 27th and runs daily through January 2nd from 5pm-9pm.  Click here for more information.

    Ice Skating

    National Sculpture Gallery Ice Rink

    There are lots of spots in the city to ice skate. Here are a few we love to visit.

    Mount Vernon

    Christmas at Mount Vernon

    Our first President George Washington’s home Mount Vernon is beautiful during the holidays and definitely worth visiting. Click here for information about the holiday schedule.

    Happy Holidays from Kids Will Travel!

     

  • Aug10

    Are you in Washington, DC during the month of August? Are you looking for things to do with your kids before they head back to school?

    August is actually a great time to visit DC. You can look forward to weather 2 degrees cooler than July and shorter lines everywhere! On this website you can find information about all of the museums, attractions and restaurants available in DC year round and below are three ideas for some activities available as we approach the end of summer…

     

    Peter Pan Tysons Corner

    Peter Pan: Live in the Threesixty Theater

    Full disclosure, we haven’t been to see this show yet, but we do have tickets. It looks like Cirque de Soleil meets live theater and I can’t wait!

    • Where: Tyson’s Corner: International Dr and Chain Bridge Rd, near Tysons Corner Center
    • Tickets: You can buy tickets online and the prices range from $30 – $105
    • When: The show has been extended to run through August 23rd
    • Click here for dates and times

     

    National Geographic Museum

    National Geographic: Indiana Jones and the Adventures of Archaeology

    Do your kids love mysteries, adventure and the movies? Here is an exhibit for you, and you may be able to sneak in some learning too.

    • Where: National Geographic: 1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC
    • Tickets: You can buy tickets online and prices range from $10 – $15
    • When: The exhibit is currently on display through January 3rd, 2016
    • Click here for more information

    National Building Museum DC

    The Beach

    This is the much talked about summer exhibit at the National Building Museum. You may remember last year’s maze or the DC themed putt putt golf course two year’s ago. This year the museum has created an ocean of balls – the biggest ball pit you have ever seen. It is fun for all ages, but watch young children as it can be hard to stand up and the balls can swallow you up.

    • Where: The National Building Museum:  401 F St NW, Washington, DC
    • Tickets: You can buy tickets at the museum or online. Prices range from $3 – $16. Online tickets will only be sold through August 24th.
    • When: The exhibit runs through September 7th. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm. The last tickets are sold at 4pm on weekdays and 3pm on Weekends. Note that on Wednesdays the Museum stays open late until 9pm, but you will find older kids and adults there at this time so it may not be the safest time to take young children.
    • Click here for more information.

    Have fun and enjoys these last days of summer!

     

     

  • Dec10

    It’s that time of year again…the time of year when the kids are out of school and you are looking for things to entertain them, not to mention the family that you have coming to visit as well. Here are my Top 5 activities for kids over the holidays in DC.

    Photo Credit: U.S. Architect of the Capitol

    Trains at the U.S. Botanic Garden

    I have mentioned this event before, but it is still one of my favorites. Trains take over the Botanic Garden during the holidays and turn it into a magical place. Click here for more information. The Botanic Garden is one of the few places open on Christmas Day so after the presents are unwrapped and you are looking for an activity, head down to the national mall. You’ll have the whole place to yourself, which is fabulous!

    Washington Capitals

    Washington Capitals Practice at Kettler Ice Rink

    Got a hockey fan? The Washington Capitals hockey team practices every morning at Kettler Ice Rink. The start times vary between 10:00 am and 11:00 am based on the Caps evening game schedule so be sure to visit the website before heading out. Also keep in mind that there is often a public skate time at the rink directly after the Caps practice so your kids can try out the new moves they have learned. Click here for more information on the Caps practice schedule and click here for the Caps game schedule. And for more general information on the public skate times at Kettler click here.

    National Harbor Holiday

    Christmas on the Potomac

    Each year National Harbor is transformed into a dazzling Christmas extravaganza. Be sure to get tickets for ICE, a winter wonderland made of 2 million pounds of hand carved ice sculptures, including two slides. While you are there take a spin on the recently installed ferris wheel, which is especially pretty at night.  Pack your patience, as it is a popular destination, even with a timed entry ticket lines can be long. Click here for more information on all of the seasonal activities and a list of the shops and restaurants at National Harbor.

    Santa White House

    Santa’s Workshop

    In the shadow of the White House and the National Christmas tree is Santa’s workshop – a well kept secret in town. Through December 21st, on Friday – Sunday Santa’s workshop is open from 12:30 pm – 9:30 pm. While you visit Santa you can also see model trains and the 50 Christmas trees representing each of the 50 states and decorated with ornaments made in that state. Click here for more information.

    Christmas at Mount Vernon

    Christmas at Mount Vernon

    Want to sneak in a bit of learning over the holiday break? How about a trip to President George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. During the holidays you can tour the home during the day and visit the rarely opened third floor of the mansion or you can take a candlelight tour during the evening where you will be welcomed by Mrs. Washington herself. You may even see a camel, as rumor has it Mr. Washington once brought a camel to the house over the holidays to entertain his guests. Click here for more information.

    Need More?

    In addition to these fun activities, there is ice skating, the Nutcracker, an indoor trampoline park and our wonderful Smithsonian museums. Two other great websites with weekly postings on current events are Red Tricycle and Kid Friendly DC.

    Have fun and Happy Holidays!

    Christmas Tree Washington DC

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • May15

    The Washington Monument reopened this week and is ready for the summer tourist season!  The monument was closed in 2011 after it was damaged in a rare earthquake. For the last three years the monument has undergone an extensive restoration as some of the mortar and marble was shaken loose during the earthquake.

    Washington Monument

    The Washington Monument is a 555 foot tower on the National Mall and it offers some of the best views of Washington, DC. There is an elevator to reach the top which makes it a family friendly activity. Click here for more information on securing tickets and summer hours for the monument.

    To celebrate the reopening of the Washington Monument The Trust for the National Mall and Destination DC have partnered to launch a contest called A Monumental First. Go to www.Monumental4th.org for a chance to win a three-day trip to Washington, D.C. for the Fourth of July!

     

     

  • Apr10

    Spring is finally here and after our never ending bitterly cold winer I am thrilled. In DC Spring means baseball!

    Washington Nationals Mascot

    Oh, I mean Cherry Blossoms! And with the cherry blossoms come the crowds. Pack your patience if you plan to head downtown this weekend for the annual Cherry Blossom parade as you won’t be alone!

    Cherry Blossoms DC

    Here are three websites to visit if you are looking for information about current events in the city and around the DC area.

    National Cherry Blossom Festival this website is your go to resource for all things cherry blossom. Be sure to check out the specific Blossom Kids tab.

    Red Tricycle  is a great resource and one I use regularly to stay in the know. You can sign up to receive an email each week with a list of weekend activities. This is a great resource all year long, not just during the cherry blossom season.

    KidFriendly DC is another great year round resource with lots of ideas for activities in DC and especially around the DC area. Check it out today for their tips on visiting the Cherry Blossoms. You can also sign up for a twice weekly email that gives you a list of week day and weekend activities.

    My Cherry Blossom tip? Leave your car at home and go early in the morning. Have fun out there!