We are so excited to have Rebecca and Suzanne from A Fêteful Life sharing their favorite family friendly stops in Washington DC today! A Fêteful Life is a one stop destination for all things party. Party ideas, recipes, printables, favors and everything in between, their motto is “Always simple, never plain” which we are so on board with! You guys will love their DC stops, welcome ladies!
“1. Art Museums — the National Portrait Gallery and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden both have fabulous kid-friendly art and activities. The National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard offers a great spot to cool off on a hot day, too. And since both are free, there’s no problem if your small fries last for just a little bit.
2. Lunch Spots — Ted’s Bulletin (serves breakfast anytime, including a kid’s pancake with a bacon smile, out of this world shakes, and homemade pop-tarts. AND there’s a location in the newly-revitalized 14th street district full of great design and homeware stores) and Comet Ping Pong (fabulous pizza and, not surprisingly, ping pong! plus great beer for the adults) are our favorites.
3. Outdoor Play — Yards Park is the best summer spot in the city for waterplay and on Friday nights during the summer, hosts free music concerts with food trucks. The National Arboretum is our go-to most anytime of the year. It offers city kids wide open places to run, play and discover, and has a special children’s garden. And we can’t resist adding the National Zoo to our list of outdoor play spots. In addition to all the great animal exhibits, the zoo has an outdoor “tidal splash pool,” a carousel, and a kids “pizza garden” playground that are always favorites with our kiddos.
4. Other Museums — The National Building Museum has a great discovery room for the younger set and plenty of building opportunities for kids of all ages in its “Play Work Build” exhibit, which includes a huge lego table and mini and oversized Imagination Playground materials. And in the summer, the Building Museum sets up a super awesome architecturally designed mini gold course! We also love the National Museum of the American Indian, which has a wonderful interactive exhibit where littles can build an igloo, participate in a daily craft, and stamp their American Indian passport as they travel through. And a really great cafeteria, too!
5. Random — the infamous The Mansion on O Street (part “spooky mansion,” part treasure hunt, part bookstore and antique store, and part art gallery) has provided our kids with hours of entertainment as they treasure hunt for 32 secret doors. We’ve never been anywhere else like it and highly recommend it for the 3 years-old and up crowd.”
How amazing are all these stops? We hear DC in Spring is something to behold with all the Cherry Blossoms, it might be time to make the trek! Don’t forget to visit A Fêteful Life for more!
Got a case of the wanderlust? Check out the rest of the series:
Hong Kong, China | London, United Kingdom | Oahu, Hawaii | Perth, Australia | New York City, New York | Palm Beach, Florida | San Francisco, California | Dallas, Texas | Mackinac Island, Michigan | Midway, Utah |