Travel back to the age of the dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest. Photo courtesy of Jurassic Quest
Travel back to the age of the dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest. Photo courtesy of Jurassic Quest

Best Things To Do in DC in November with Kids: Thanksgiving, Festivals, Dinos

With Halloween in the rear-view mirror in DC, we're barreling full tilt toward the holidays.

Naturally, that means dinosaurs. And camels. Eventually, maybe even turkeys. Meanwhile, Reston is sharpening up ice skating blades, Vienna's Winter Walk of Lights is powering on, and Ice & Lights and Zoo Lights are back this season, too. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is virtual for everyone this year.

If you're planning to hibernate at home, we've got plenty of virtual events to share, including an online confab with Santa.

Read on for all our top picks for things to do in Washington, DC this November with kids.

While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do. 


Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA 20151

RFK Stadium Lot 5
2408 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive
Centerville, VA 20121

Reston Town Center
1818 Discovery Street
Reston, VA 20190

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Spy Museum
700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20024

McLean Central Park Gazebo
1468 Dolley Madison Blvd
McLean, VA 22102

Meadowlark Bontanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, VA 22182

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151

Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 Marcey Rd
Arlington, VA 22207

Riverbend Park
8700 Potomac Hills St.
Great Falls, VA 22066

Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill
105 Chesapeake Center Court
Glen Burnie, MD 21060

F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
Centered at 8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

Cameron Run
4001 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304

H Street Farms
910 Bladensburg Road NE
Washington, DC 20002

Carlyle House Historic Park
121 N Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Store
Baltimore, MD 21223

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151

Walkersville Southern Railroad
34 West Pennsylvania Ave
Walkersville, MD 21793

Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22036

1238 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

The Wharf Ice Rink
970 Wharf Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Dr.
Rockville, MD 20852

Fort Dupont Ice Arena
3779 Ely Place SE
Washington, DC 20019

MedStar Capitals Iceplex
627 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

Mount Vernon RECenter Ice Arena
2017 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307

Wheaton Ice Arena
11717 Orebaugh Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Canal Park Ice Rink
200 M St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Enchant Christmas
1500 S. Capitol Street SE Nationals Park
Washington, DC 20003

National Gallery of Art Ice Rink
Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20565

The Pavilion at Reston Town Center
11900 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190

Pentagon Row Ice Rink
1201 S. Joyce Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Silver Spring Ice Rink
8523 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Top of the Gate Rooftop Skating Rink
2650 Virginia Avenue NW The Watergate Hotel
Washington, DC 20037

Washington Harbour Ice Rink
3050 K Street NW
Washington , DC 20007

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC
Festival of Lights
Watkins Regional Park - 5:00 PM Pick
Winter Walk of Lights
Meadowlark Bontanical Gardens - 5:30 PM Pick
Holiday Festival of Trains
B&O Railroad Museum - various times Pick
94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC - 9:00 AM
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