Re-create President Lincoln's famous walk on bike. Photo courtesy of DC Cycling Concierge
Re-create President Lincoln's famous walk on bike. Photo courtesy of DC Cycling Concierge

30 Awesome Things To Do in DC in May with Kids: Nature, Outdoor Fun, Dinos

May means warmer weather, more comfortable outdoor dining options, and family-centric holidays such as Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial start of summer shimmers as nearby beaches, outdoor pools, and water spray parks open for the season this month, assuming things stay on track. The month kicks off with Revolutionary War Weekend at Mount Vernon, so things couldn't seem more on their way to normal.

While much is still virtual, communities around DC continue to step up with great outdoor experiences. From bugs to birds to dinosaurs, kids can explore the natural world, and possibly creep out their parents at the same time.

Drive-in movies are dotting the landscape as the weather warms, with Ocean's Eight and Remember the Titans playing on the Riverfront, and The Secret Life of Pets playing in Alexandria.

Prep for Mother's Day with a tour of The Mansion on O, or a Mother's Day Boat Tour. Head to Green Springs Gardens for a story about Mother Earth and a craft.

For more activity ideas, don't forget to consult our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide.

Places featured in this article:


Hidden Oaks Nature Center
upcoming events
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding

Sully Historic Site
upcoming events
(Wed Mar 31, 2021 - Wed May 26, 2021) Dairy Days-Ice Cream Making & Butter
(Thu Mar 11, 2021 - Thu May 27, 2021) Hidden in Your Backyard: The History of Cain's Branch

National Museum of Women in the Arts
upcoming events
(Wed Mar 3, 2021 - Sun Jun 27, 2021) Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend

The Stacks
upcoming events
(Fri Apr 23, 2021 - Fri May 28, 2021) Capitol Riverfront Spring Drive-In Movie Series

Hidden Oaks Nature Center
upcoming events
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding

Occoquan Regional Park
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 6, 2021) Super Hero 5K

Alexandria Drive-In Theater
upcoming events
(Fri May 28, 2021) Shrek (PG)
(Sat May 29, 2021) The Sandlot (PG)

Bull Run Regional Park
upcoming events
(Fri May 14, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) The Jurassic Encounter: Drive thru Dinosaurs

Hidden Oaks Nature Center
upcoming events
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding
(Sun May 16, 2021) Mesozoic Dinosaur Hike
(Mon May 17, 2021) Growth and Change
(Sat May 29, 2021) Toads and Their Abodes
(Sun May 30, 2021) Snake and Turtle Feeding

Fountainhead Regional Park
upcoming events

Algonkian Regional Park
upcoming events
(Sat May 22, 2021) Cicadamania!

Burke Lake Park
upcoming events

Colvin Run Mill
upcoming events
(Sat May 29, 2021) Dye It Up

Georgetown
upcoming events
(Fri Apr 9, 2021 - Sun Jun 27, 2021) Georgetown GLOW
Growth and Change
Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 9:30 AM Pick
Georgetown GLOW
Georgetown - 10:00 AM Pick
Renewal 2121
Artechouse - 10:00 AM
Groundswell
Waterfront Park, - various times
Stemtastic Virtual Birthday Parties
stemtastic - various times
Neighborhood Guides
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