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Inside Info: Indoor Places Open During COVID

Social distancing indoors at the National Gallery of Art


More and more indoor places around the DC area are figuring out how to safely open their doors to visitors again. I’ve been to a couple of Smithsonian museums and felt very comfortable and safe with the extra measures taken for COVID — and was very happy to wander the galleries and enjoy art in person once again.  As weather gets colder and our itch for outings that aren’t outdoors grows, having some go-to indoor spots will be appreciated by many.  (But, of course, everyone should do what they’re comfortable with during this unusual and uncertain time!)  Here’s a handy list of them, and I’ll continually add to it as more places reopen.  Happy revisiting!



National Gallery of Art
When: Daily, 11am – 4pm
Where: 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed entry passes.
COVID policies

National Museum of African American History and Culture
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 1400 Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30am – 7pm
Where: 8th and G Streets NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

Renwick Gallery
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Admission: Free, no passes required
COVID policies

National Museum of American History
When: Starting 9/25, Friday – Tuesday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 1300 Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

National Museum of the American Indian
When: Starting 9/25, Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

International Spy Museum
When: Daily, 10m – 6pm
Where: 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Admission: $24.95/ adult, $16.95/age 7-12, free/6 & under | purchase online
COVID policies

When: Monday – Thursday, 12-8pm & Friday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Where: 1238 Maryland Ave SW
Admission: $24/adult, $20/senior & first responder, $17/age 4-14, free/under 4 (purchase online for $5 off)
COVID policies

National Museum of Women in the Arts
When: Daily
Where: Monday – Saturday, 10am -5pm & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $10/adult, free/child – timed entry tickets required
COVID policies

Kennedy Center Grand Foyer and The REACH
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: 2700 F Street NW
Admission: Free and passes are not required
COVID policies

Mansion on O Street
When: Daily, 11am – 3pm
Where: 2020 O Street NW
Admission: Tours start at $25 — online reservations required
COVID policies



Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm, Wednesday 12-3pm (a few areas)
Where: 601 Light Street | Baltimore
Admission: $25.95/adult, $19.95/age 3-13
COVID policies

B&O Railroad Museum
When: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 901 West Pratt Street | Baltimore
Admission: $20/adult, $17/senior, $12/ages 2-12
COVID policies

National Aquarium
When: Sun-Thurs 9am – 5pm | Fri 9am – 8pm | Sat 9am – 6pm
Where: 501 E Pratt Street | Baltimore
Admission: $39.95/adult, $29.95/age 3-11, free/2 & under
COVID policies

American Visionary Art Museum
When: Starting 9/25, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: 800 Key Highway | Baltimore
Admission: $15.95/adult, $13.95/senior, $9.95/age 7-17, free/6 & under
COVID policies

When: Mon-Wed 12-7pm | Fri 12-8pm | Sat-Sun 11am – 8pm
Where: 13200 MidAtlantic Blvd Suite 130 | Laurel
Admission: $15/age 2-5, $25/age 6+ for 2 hours — reserve online
COVID policies

Calvert Marine Museum
When: Daily, 10am – 5pm
Where: 14200 Solomons Island Road | Solomons
Admission: $9/adult, $7/senior, $4/child — reserve two-hour time-slot
COVID policies

Zava Zone
When: Thursday – Monday, hour vary by day
Where: 40 Southlawn Court, Rockville
Admission: Starts at $21.50/hour
COVID policies



Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Daily, 10am – 5:30pm
Where: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway | Chantilly
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

Mount Vernon – Museum & Mansion
When: Daily, 9am – 5pm
Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway | Mount Vernon
Admission: $20/adult, $12/age 6-16, free/under 6
COVID policies

Super, Awesome, & Amazing at the St. James
When: Thursday & Friday 1-8pm (GA), Saturday & Sunday 9am – 7pm for events only.
Where: 6805 Industrial Road | Springfield
Admission: $13/hour, $23/2 hours
COVID policies

Zava Zone
When: Thursday – Monday, hour vary by day
Where: 45685 Oakbrook Court Suite 110 | Sterling
Admission: Starts at $12/hour
COVID policies


Do you know of a place that has reopened, but don’t see it listed here?  Let me know in the comments!



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The Digital Playwriting Program at Young Playwrights’ Theater


On September 28, Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) launches its Digital Playwriting Program, after-school virtual playwriting classes for young people. The Digital Playwriting Program is open to students in grades 3 – 12, who are interested in learning how to express themselves through playwriting and storytelling. YPT playwrights learn to create bold characters, imaginative settings, and thrilling action in their very own play with live instruction from a YPT Teaching Artist through video conference.

YPT is dedicated to providing accessible programming to all young people. Students and families have the choice of registering for any Digital Playwriting Program at the cost of $20, $15, $5, or $0 to ensure all students can attend with no financial barrier.

Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from September 28 to November 4, 2020, at the following times:
3rd to 5th Grade: 3:30pm – 4:15pm EST
6th to 8th Grade: 3:00pm – 3:45pm EST
9th to 12th Grade: 2:30pm – 3:30pm EST

And if you’re an adult looking to explore your own storytelling, YPT has classes for you, too! Step into The Playwrights’ Lab, YPT’s virtual courses for ages 18 and up, where adults can explore playwriting and provide constructive feedback to a group of supportive fellow writers. You’re never too old to be a young playwright!

Enroll in YPT’s playwriting programs today and learn more about all of YPT’s virtual programs as well as their digital curriculum and resources for educators at YPT’s Online Programs Page. For additional questions, contact Young Playwrights’ Theater at [email protected]

About Young Playwrights’ Theater
Young Playwrights’ Theater is an award-winning arts education organization and theater company in Washington, DC. YPT inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices through high-quality arts education programming and productions. Learn more at


This post is sponsored by Young Playwrights’ Theater, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Giveaway: Enter to Win Online Enrichment Classes with Flex Academies ONE!

Is your kid (and you) missing their after school enrichment classes since they’ve been social distancing? Flex Academies, a DC area provider of aftercare programs and summer camps can help with that!

Flex Academies ONE is the new virtual version of the service, so kids everywhere can now learn about the things they love through live streamed classes. Imagine someone who teaches music lessons, hip hop dancing, soccer, or coding coming to your home every weekday to work with your child. While that’s not possible right now, Flex Academies ONE offers the next best thing: Scheduled online learning experiences with certified instructors in different areas of interest.

A variety of classes are available for kids in Pre-K through 6th grade, from theatre to arts & crafts to sports to chess to martial arts — and much more. Even better, you have a chance to win a 10-pack of classes for your child!

Learn more about Flex Academies ONE here, and be sure to check out the FAQ for answers to many common questions.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a 10-class pack from Flex Academies ONE, simply leave a comment below telling me your kid’s favorite at-home activity since social distancing began. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through Sunday, April 26, 2020, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified on Monday, April 27. Good luck!


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Virtual DC Activities & Experiences for Kids at Home During the Coronavirus

Last year’s cherry blossoms… you may not see them live this year, but you can get a peek online!

If kids can’t get to some of their favorite local places and activities during this time, you can bring the experiences to them — virtually. From webcams featuring the cherry blossoms and zoo animals to special live streamed programs especially for kids to online tours of iconic spots, there are a bunch of ways to access DC and keep your crew entertained while you #optinside. Stay healthy and safe!

See the Cherry Blossoms
If viewing the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin has become an annual tradition you’re going to miss, view them online instead. The Trust for the National Mall just launched #BloomCam – a live, 24/7 feed of the blossoming cherry trees in DC as they hit peak bloom, bringing this beautiful sight to all the people who can no longer get down to the Tidal Basin because of COVID-19.

The Lane Anti Social Club
The Lane, the brand new play space/family social club, just opened its doors a few weeks ago, and already they have to (temporarily) close them. So, this is a fantastic was to entertain the kids AND support a support a local business: The Lane (Anti) Social Club offers virtual events for kids to help give parents a much needed break or concentrated time to actually be able to work. Their “pay what you can” model makes it accessible to all, but a contribution is greatly appreciated — any donations received are going directly to pay their staff to help them stay afloat during this time. The Lane is partnering up with some wonderfully talented people like Corinne from Crescendo Communications and local artist Megan Elizabeth, otherwise all of the events will put on by their awesome staff. Follow the link to sign up for a session or a few!

Story Time with DC Public Libraries
On Friday, March 20 at 10:30am, join DC Public Library for a virtual story time on Facebook Live. This is short notice, but I’m guessing this will be the first of many more, so be sure to follow their social channels for updates.

Lunch Doodle with Mo Millems
It may not be in DC, but it’s presented by a DC place, the Kennedy Center, so that counts. Every day, kids can virtually join Mo Willems in his studio to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons weekdays at 1pm — and the sessions will remain online to be streamed afterwards if you miss it live. Post art to social media and use the hashtag #MoLunchDoodles!

Virtual Circle Time
Crescendo Communication invites you to join for song, dance, instrument exploration, storytime, and silliness. They are led by Corinne Zmoos, a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, who provides joyful & genuine music classes, speech-language therapy, developmental programming, and inclusion trainings.

Visit Animals at the Zoo
The National Zoo is closed, but its webcams are still running. You can catch live glimpses of lions, pandas, elephants, and naked mole rates. You may not always see much action — last we looked the lion was just sitting there and we saw piles of elephant poop, but no elephants — but you may catch some fun and entertaining moments. Also, the Zoo notes that while the “animal webcams remain online, volunteers will not be operating them, so animals may not be visible at all times.”

Explore our Museums
While we can’t go to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, kids can still explore many of them online through photo galleries, activities, and more interesting features just for young visitors. Start with the general Smithsonian page here, and access indivual museums here. You can also take a virtual tour of the National Gallery of Art, which is not part of the Smithsonian.

Virtual Family Game Night
Lincoln’s Cottage has come up with an activity the whole fam can enjoy — a virtual community game night to play together in creative ways. While the Lincoln family didn’t use computers or the internet to connect, they did enjoy spending time together at the Cottage playing games. Join on Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm with your imagination and these items: a cup, 2 coins, 2 pens, and a book. Together, you’ll turn these Lincoln-related objects into games that spark brave ideas.

Tour the Capitol & Library of Congress
Get a close look at the inside of the U.S. Capitol Complex, which includes the Library of Congress and US Botanic Garden, too. See the magnificent buildings — Virtually Anywhere has captured 360 degree photography in many areas, including the Capitol Rotunda, National Statuary Hall, Library of Congress, many important Congressional caucus rooms, and much more.

Virtual Camp
Badlands Play Space has launched a series of videos while they are temporarily closed. You can access them through YouTube or IGTV. So far, they’ve had a doodle session, a dance break, a science show, cooking with Tiny Chefs, and even a cocktails and mocktails class (for adults).

Do you know of other local places and businesses offering virtual activities for kids right now? Please share in the comments, if so!

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