20 Things We Are Excited To Do with DC Kids this Winter

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Entertaining kids in the Washington DC area when its cold outside

Winter can be tough - trying to keep boredom at bay when the weather is cold and wet. But sometimes the only thing to do is to brave the weather and get out of the house! With everything Washington, DC has to offer, kids in the nation's capitol won't have trouble being entertained, and moms and dads can appreciate the break from winter fatigue that exploring the city can provide. 

Don't forget to check out our events calendar for even more fun ideas in the DC area!

  1. Go sledding down Capitol Hill. Yes, it's legal (since 2016 anyways) so head on over and enjoy the snow. It gets crowded but there's plenty of room for all.
  2. Get in on the sports action as the Washington Wizards shoot hoops or the Capitols take to the ice.
  3. Grab a pair of skates - and maybe an ice skating instructor - and take a turn around the outdoor ice rink at the National Gallery of Art (open through March 19, 2019).
  4. Adventure back in time and treat your kids to a traditional English tea party at Lady Camellia in downtown DC.
  5. Celebrate George Washington's birthday on February 18, 2019 at his home in Mount Vernon.

    Join in the celebration of George Washington's birthday at Mount Vernon. Photo courtesy of Bob Creamer for Mount Vernon
  6. Experience a unique side of Disney with the a capella show at Warner Theatre on Febuary 19, 2019...
  7. ...Or for children aged six and older, catch a performance of the kid-friendly adaptation of Charles Dickens's David Copperfield at Imagination Station.
  8. Catch a story time session with your toddlers at the National Postal Museum.
  9. Get in on a battle royale of snowball fights whenever snow hits the capitol with the Washington DC Snowball Fight Association.

    Photo from the Washington DC Snowball Fight Association Facebook page
  10. Get your kids climbing early and get some of the winter crazies out at a local rock gym.
  11. Celebrate the (almost) start of spring at Washington, DC's 49th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 10, 2019.
  12. Check out Port Discovery Museum's playful and immersive Construction exhibit open while actual construction on this kids' museum commences in January.
  13. See how art and science comes together at Hirshhorn's newest exhibit, Pulsethrough April 28, 2019. 
  14. Get the wiggles out at an indoor playspace in Maryland or Virginia.
  15. Catch a new movie at the vintage one-screen Uptown Theater in Washington, DC's Cleveland Park.
  16. See a different kind of show at Rock Creek Nature Center, which houses the only National Parks Service-run planetarium. There's also a Discovery Room for hands on learning and live animal demonstrations.
  17. Warm up at The Torch, a 14-foot gas-powered flame at The Wharf. Kids can roast s'mores during special events, and The Wharf hosts winter sports, such as curling and broomball, that are fun to watch.
  18. Take a walk through DC's historic Georgetown neighborhood until January 6, 2019 and experience GLOW, a light art experience, open every evening.

    Start a new kind of holiday lights tradition at Georgetown's GLOW. Photo from Georgetown, DC's Facebook page.
  19. Enjoy the National Zoo without the crowds and get up close with some of the zoo's coolest animals by checking out the daily programs calendar.
  20. Spend the day at the National Building Museum for story time, family afternoons, and more. 


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