Taking a vacation with the kids doesn’t have to be a challenge. With our tips below, you can have a totally stress-free, relaxing visit to DC.
Build Some History Into Your Trip
Get your kids excited about history with a trip to the Library of Congress or to the National Archives, where they can see the Declaration of Independence. You can either walk them through the steps leading up to the signing of the Declaration yourself or sign up for a guided tour in advance (and skip the line).
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408
Make Reservation At Kid-Friendly Restaurants
Worried that your kids will be too picky for restaurant food? Not to fear. Plenty of DC restaurants offer affordable, accessible kids’ menus. Our favorites include the historic Old Ebbitt Grill and Busboys and Poets.
Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Take Advantage of DC’s Free Culture
Budgeting for vacation activities for a family of four can get tricky, which is why we love the totally free-of-charge Smithsonian museums. We recommend visiting a few of the kid-friendly galleries with hands-on exhibits, like the Natural History Museum or National Museum of American History, for some budget-friendly family fun.
Natural History Museum
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560
National Museum of American HIstory
Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Head Out To A Game
Depending on what season you’re in town, you can cheer on the local baseball, hockey, football, or basketball teams. We recommend scoping out special events like bobblehead passes or youth baseball days, when anyone under-12 is invited to run the bases.
Verizon Center (basketball, hockey)
601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Fedex Field (football)
1600 Fedex Way, Hyattsville, MD 20785
Nationals Park (baseball)
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Take A Tour
Looking for a stress-free way to keep the kids entertained? Try taking a walking tour of DC’s neighborhoods. The guides will pepper the kids with fun fact and anecdote that’ll keep them occupied and you’ll get to learn about the city’s history and culture.
Catch A Play
Have a night (or day) out at the theater with your family at Washington’s famed Kennedy Center venue, where you can catch big-time musicals. If the kids are a little older, you can also head over to smaller independent spots like the Source Theatre for some more serious content.
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
The Source Theatre
1835 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Head To The Mall
No, not that kind of mall. Let the kids get their energy out and run around in Washington’s National Mall while you take in the monuments and memorials.
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
Take Some Time To Relax
You’re bound to get exhausted from bounding around DC’s many museums and monuments all day. Cap off your day with a night curled up in your comfortable bed back at the Capitol Hill Hotel, where you can watch a family movie on your room’s 32-inch high definition television.