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Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 22-25

Explore the eclectic collections, find secret doors, and secondhand shop at the Mansion on O Street!


Tuesday – Locate secret doors, see outrageously fabulous themed rooms, and browse a trove of secondhand treasures on a tour of The Mansion on O Street. The Dupont Circle landmark is a mansion, museum, restaurant, vintage store, and hotel all in one. And visitors are welcome to explore (and shop!) it all. Tours are offered 11am – 3pm. Self-guided tours start at $15. Purchase tickets in advance online.

Wednesday – Take kiddos to Scramble, an indoor play space in Alexandria, that was recently recommended by a KFDC reader: “…an awesome play structure, a smaller “soft play” area for littler kids, a back area with soft building blocks, soccer etc. They have a little cafe too (coffee, tea, snacks)! They also have a great bookstore.” Sounds perfect for some inside activity of a foul-weather day. hours are 8am – 7pm, and admission is $6-12.

Thursday – Enjoy a musical morning with Boogie Babes at Eastern Market! King Bullfrog is the featured entertainment playing tunes that kids really dig (and parents enjoy, too). The fun starts at 10:30am, and admission is $6/child, free for siblings 6 months and under. Plan on lunch after the show — there are lots of options at the market or nearby for a tasty bite.

Friday – See some entertainment just for kids at The Puppet Co., where The Velveteen Rabbit is the current Main Stage production. Showtime is 11am, and tickets are $12. Look for a ticket deal here.


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Giveaway: Journey Down Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre!



A literary classic is coming to Adventure Theatre’s stage this winter. Huckleberry Finn’s Big River is a world-premiere adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that celebrates the glorious richness of our world by cultivating equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

With the support of over 100 consensus organizers (individuals and organizations serving the black community), this revision of the Tony-winning Broadway musical will lift your spirit. Recommended for all ages, the small-cast, hour-long version of Mark Twain’s novel removes offensive language and expands the role of Jim, now the same age as Huck.

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Touching and timeless, this tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences as two best friends demonstrate the power of changing the world.

Huckleberry Finn’s Big River is running at Adventure Theatre February 8 – March 10. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase online. Don’t miss the chance to win a Family 4-Pack through the giveaway below!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below with your preferred date and time to see the show. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through January 28, 2019 then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 14-18

Wander through the tropics at the U.S. Botanic Garden



Monday – Feel like you’re outdoors while you’re warm and cozy inside at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Walk amid tropical rainforest, desert, and woodland flora, and be sure to go up on the catwalk to get a birds’s eye view of the jungle. If you want some fresh air, take a stroll through the National Garden outside, too. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free. Read more about the USBG here and here. (PS: Even though it’s government operated, the USBG is still open during the shutdown.)

Tuesday – Spend the day at the National Building Museum. Little ones can enjoy a free story time with DC Public Library (10:30am) and engage in all kinds of interactive play in the Building Zone. And the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs is always fun for kids. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm. Exhibit admission, including Building Zone, is $10/adult, $7/child, free for members. During the shutdown, Federal Employees with ID get in free. (KFDC tip: Check out membership options — if you frequent the museum a few times or more per year, it’s so worth it.)

Wednesday – Join a FREE trial class of Tinkergarten, a program where families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. During this session, your Tinkergarten Leader will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, create, and have fun together. It takes place at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria, VA, from 9:30-10:45am. Trial classes are a great opportunity to see what Tinkergarten is all about! Register in advance here. (Note: There will also be free trial classes Friday, January 18; Wednesday, January 23; and Friday, January 25.)

Thursday – Get a nature fix indoors at Watkins Nature Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. See birds, snakes, turtles, and other small creatures. Play in activity areas with puppets and other toys. Use binoculars to do some birdwatching through a big window. And check to see if any special programs are running when you plan to go. Hous are 8:30am – 5pm. Admission is free. And if weather permits for outdoor fun, read about even more to do at Watkins Regional Park in this KFDC post.

Friday – Enjoy Songs, Stories & Puppets with Mr. David at BloomBars in Columbia Heights. The 30-minute session of storytelling, dancing, singing, and entertainment for children (with parents or caregivers) begins at 10am, and admission is free.



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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Session of Spring Break Camp with RDUTennis!



The holidays are out of the way, a new year is underway, and it’s time to start doing some planning for 2019! One big thing you might need to arrange is kid coverage during the Spring Break from school — it may still be winter, but the week off will be here before we know it.

If you want to serve up something fun and active that your children will love, RDUTennis is hosting Spring Break Camp from April 15-18 at Trinity Washington University.

Kids ages 4-14 can enjoy a variety of activities along with tennis instruction, including swim, outdoor soccer, indoor basketball, arts & crafts with staff, and more creative athletic games. The cost is $220 for full-day camp and $120 for half-day.

In addition, RDUTennis offers both full- and half-day summer sports and tennis camp at American, Catholic, and Trinity Washington Universities. Learn more about their summer programs here.



Giveaway: Want a chance to win a session of Spring Break Camp with RDUTennis at the Trinity Washington University April 15-18? Simply leave a comment below, telling me what your favorite place to go has been during the government shutdown. You can also get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page (but you must also be entered on the blog*). This giveaway will run through Friday, February 1, 2019 then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

*Emails used to enter the giveaway through the blog will be shared with RDUTennis.

This post is sponsored by RDUTennis LLC, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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