Family-Friendly Fun in DC: 5 Activities Around Town

The District is chock-full of activities perfect for the whole family., From the plethora of Smithsonian museums at your feet to outdoorsy activities for sporty kids, here’s our list of the best things to do with your kids in DC:

U.S. National Arboretum

It’s hard to get your kids excited about science with just equations and textbooks. Get them out into the real world with a trip to DC’s arboretum. Full of gardens with a variety of stunning flowers and plants like bonsai trees and daylilies in bloom, the facility is the perfect place to see science and the natural world up close in a relatable setting. The lush greenery on display here is perfect for giving you that much needed dose of nature within the city.

3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

This hugely popular museum provides kids with fascinating and fun interactive exhibits on aviation and space exploration. Want to see the actual lunar roving vehicle used by the Apollo 15 crew? Or maybe you’re more interested in checking out the spacesuits worn by astronauts who visited the moon? It’s all here at the Air and Space Museum. If your kids are ready for a break, be sure to check out the IMAX theater for a movie stop, with films like A Beautiful Planet showing throughout the year.

501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726

National Museum of the American Indian

This cultural treasure has plenty of fascinating exhibits on native cultures and histories, with an impressive collection of Inka historic objects and a display about Indians nations’ treaties with the United States. The museum is the perfect way for kids learning about U.S. history to learn more about the country’s native people with exhibits by Native American artists like Return to a “Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake.” Make sure to also check out the museum’s famous food court, which features seasonal offerings like sunchokes and wild mushrooms that reflect the cuisine of different indigenous nations.

4th St & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

National Geographic Museum

Nature enthusiast kids will be reeled in by this Farragut North Museum’s fascinating exhibits, like its current National Parks gallery. Educational topics like the Ancient Greeks will get your children having so much fun talking about Spartan warriors and Alexander the Great that they’ll forget they’re actually learning.

1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 857-7588

Rock Creek Park

Outdoorsy families might initially lament that DC doesn’t have much in the way of hiking trails, but they’d be wrong. WIth trails for anyone from beginners to seasoned hikers, Rock Creek Park is the ideal place to head for a short weekend trek with the kids. There’s also golf, cycling, playgrounds, and tennis courts to fulfill all your athletic interests.

Rock Creek Park
(202) 895-6000