Everyday Play

While KidFriendly DC covers a lot of timely events and activities, there are plenty of posts about mainstay attractions lurking among the scheduled stuff (not to mention, much of the timely content also includes background on the mainstays).  Informative content can’t go to waste, hence I’ve rescued those posts from the archives and compiled them here. So, if you’re looking for things to do any day, most times of the year (some activities are seasonal), this list of KFDC links is a good place to start.

The Great Indoors

The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

Volunteer Opportunities in the DC Area Where Kids Can Help Out, Too

Indoor Playgrounds

Walks in the Woods

Guest Post: Parents & Kids Can Get Involved in Moms Demand Action Together

Go with the Flow: Recreation on the Water in DC and Beyond

PYOP: Pick Your Own Produce at These Local Farms

Bloom Town: Where and When to See the Best Flower Displays Around DC

The Local Library – Check it Out

(Geo)Caching in Around DC

Seasonal Fun


Full STEAM Ahead at the New National Children’s Museum!

A Very DC Hike at Theodore Roosevelt Island

Mission: Explore the New Spy Museum at L’Enfant Plaza

A Sneak Peek at the New National Children’s Museum

A Monumental Reopening on the National Mall

First Show at the 9:30 Club — with Mom!

Hang out on the LAWN in the National Building Museum (Summer 2019)

Bike the Anacostia River Trail to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Immerse in Infinite Space at ARTECHOUSE (Summer 2019)

The Dinosaurs Have Returned to DC (New Fossil Hall at the Natural History Museum)

Seven Stunning Spaces in DC Where You Can Hang Out with Kids

Take the Kids to Explore Congressional Cemetery (Yes, the Cemetery!)

Wield Some Fun at Bad Axe Throwing

The Hirshhorn’s Newest Exhibit Will Capture Your Heart (Through April 28, 2019)

A Waterfront Destination for All at The District Wharf

Learn to Fly with Trapeze School New York – DC

Explore the Anacostia Watershed at Kingman & Heritage Islands

Scenes from “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” at the Renwick Gallery (Through January 21, 2019)

Get Thee to the Folger Shakespeare Library

Scenes from a Visit to the American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery

Ford’s Theatre Puts the Spotlight on the Death (& Life) of Abraham Lincoln

Kick It with the Kids Playing FootGolf at East Potomac Park

A Day at Nationals Park is a Hit for Families

Scenes from a Visit to The Mansion on O Street

Scenes from the Lotus and Water Lily Bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

New on View at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden this Summer (2017)

Joselito Casa de Comidas: A Dining Experience to Savor with (or without) the Kids

Hunt for Harry Potter in the National Gallery of Art with Watson Adventures

Journey with Earth Explorers at the National Geographic Museum (Through September 10, 2017)

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn (Through May 14, 2017)

The KFDC Guide to Visiting the National Museum of African American History & Culture with Kids

The Library of Congress: A Local & National Treasure for All Ages

“Explore! With the Portrait Gallery” in this New Activity Space for Children

Scenes from the National Gallery of Art East Building

Play it Cool with ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum (July 2 – September 5, 2016)

Lebanese Taverna: A Local Favorite for Family Dining

Get Clued in on The Escape Lounge (This location has closed.)

Animal Close-Ups & Crocs at the National Geographic Museum (Two exhibits through April & May 2016)

Play & Learn Through American History at Wegmans Wonderplace

A Glimpse into Rock Creek’s Past at Peirce Mill

A WONDERful Reopening at the Renwick Gallery

A Unique Dose of Nature in the City at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Life’s a BEACH at the National Building Museum (Through September 12, 2015)

A DC “Secret” Uncovered: Panda Gourmet

Jazzing it up at The Phillips Collection

Play with Extra Zip at Beauvoir Outdoors

Spring Flowers & Year-Round Attractions at the National Cathedral

Go Monster Fish at the National Geographic Museum (March 26 – October 11, 2015)

A DC “Secret” Uncovered: The Glass Forest in Palisades

A DC “Secret” Uncovered: The Franciscan Monastery in Brookland

Pinstripes in Georgetown is Right up Your Alley

This Dupont Circle Mansion Tour is ‘O’ So Cool

Uncover 500 Years of Cryptography at the Folger Library

Recreation Galore at Anacostia Park

Free for All at the Corcoran Gallery

(Geo)Caching in Around DC

Paddling the Anacostia from Ballpark Boathouse

Everything’s Coming Up Roses (& Peonies & Irises) at the USBG National Garden & Bartholdi Park

Hang Out at Hains Point

Get Q?rius at the Natural History Museum

The National Postal Museum Always Delivers a Great Outing

The U.S. Botanic Garden: A Place for All Seasons

Free to Roam at Dumbarton Oaks Gardens During Fall and Winter

Family Treasure Hunt Cruise on the Boomerang Pirate Ship

Monday Movie Night at The Coupe

Rowin’ on the River at Fletcher’s Cove

Join the Club at Nationals Park

Year-Round Recreation at Canal Park

Cruisin’ the Potomac

A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Nationals Park

Encounter “Real Pirates” at the National Geographic Museum (April – September 2013)

Time for a Tour of the Old Post Office Tower (Currently closed for renovations)

Art in the Heart of Penn Quarter: The American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery

Money Talks at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The U.S. Navy Museum: A True Hidden DC Gem

Play, Work, & Build at the National Building Museum

Exhibits to Experience at the National Geographic Museum

Mission: Good Time at the International Spy Museum

“Ai Weiwei: According to What?” at the Hirshhorn

It’s All Good at Georgetown Waterfront Park

Public Play at Montrose and Dumbarton Oaks Parks

DC’s Secret Garden: Dumbarton Oaks

Grow with it at the National Arboretum

Nature, Space, and Pony Rides at Rock Creek Park

A Feast of Flora at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Explore imagiNATIONS and More at the American Indian Museum

The Permanent Collection: National Museum of Natural History

Review: The Yards Park

Get with the Program at Rock Creek Park

The Newseum Via the NOW Pass

DC’s Cupcake Scene Topped with Sprinkles

A Capitol Tour, Finally

We, the Pizza Lovers

Background on Boogie Babes Shows

Take the Kids out to the Ballgame

Review: Stories in Art at the NGA

Theatre for the Very Young at The Atlas

Pizza & Ping Pong Score Big at Comet

Game Time on Capitol Hill

Book it to the National Building Museum


Anchors Aweigh, Kids, at Baltimore’s Port Discovery

5 Places for Shark Tooth Hunting Adventures Near the DC Area

A Multi-Family Getaway to Deep Creek Lake

Great Falls is a Go-to for Outdoor Recreation & Spectacular Nature

Take Your Pick at Homestead Farm

Scenes from the Sunflower Bloom at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area (Summer)

Scenes from a Day at Purse State Park (2017)

Feast & Beach in One Great Place at Kentmorr Restaurant & Crab House

Badlands Play Space Offers Mountains of Indoor Adventures

Scenes from a Visit to Annmarie Sculpture Garden (2017)

Scenes from Flag Ponds Nature Park & Beach

Discover the History of Fort McHenry

Volunteer with the Kids at DC Diaper Bank to Help Babies & Families Thrive

Walk in the Woods at Woodend Nature Sanctuary

Explore Chesapeake Bay Heritage and History at the Calvert Marine Museum

Nature & Recreation in Annapolis at Quiet Waters Park

Minor League, Major Fun at a Bowie Baysox Game

The Ultimate Fossil Hunting Experience with Ruddy Duck Adventures

Outdoor Recreation & Historical Explorations at Harpers Ferry (Maryland Hike)

Night Out at National Harbor

Savor a Day at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Dig the Recreation at Purse State Park

Over the Rainbow and Beyond at Watkins Regional Park

Make a Family Day of it at National Harbor

History in the Works at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Artistic Delights and Fairy Inspiration at Annmarie Sculpture Gardens

Beach Fun & Fossil Hunting at Flag Ponds Nature Park

Reach New Heights of Fun at ClimbZone

Disc Golf in College Park is Off the Chain

Go for a Spin on the Capital Wheel

Pontoon Boating on the Patuxent

Riverside Recreation at Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Model Rocket Launch at Goddard Space Flight Center

Play on at Wheaton Regional Park

Scenes from the Montgomery County Fair

The National Museum of Health and Medicine: Fascinating, but not for the Faint of Heart

The American Visionary Art Museum: Wonderful, Whimsical Art for All Ages

Hands-On at the Maryland Science Center

Explore the World at the National Children’s Museum (This has closed.)

Adventure in the Trees (The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring)

Plenty to Fancy at Brookside Gardens

History on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park

Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake

Bet on the Oxon Hill Farm

Getting Crabby (in a Good Way) in Annapolis

Touring Ships at Baltimore Inner Harbor

Open Play at the PG Sports & Learning Complex

Grounds for Play at Cabin John Regional Park

A Water Taxi Adventure (Virginia, too)

Tot Trails Grand Opening at Port Discovery

Watkins Regional Park


Scenes from a Fall Day at Huntley Meadows Park

Take a (Time) Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

Super, Awesome, & Amazing Fun at The St. James

Enjoy the Views from the Observation Deck at CEB Tower

Outdoor Recreation at Pohick Bay Regional Park

Great Falls is a Go-to for Outdoor Recreation & Spectacular Nature

Discover the Spectacular Underground World of Luray Caverns

Explore the Local Environment at Buddie Ford Nature Center

Camping and Hiking and Bears (Oh, My!) in Shenandoah National Park

Enjoy the Ride(s) and Then Some at Kings Dominion

Make a Splash in Soak City at Kings Dominion this Summer

Experience 18th-Century Living History at Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Soar with the Wind at iFLY Loudon

Experiment with Hands-On Fun at the Children’s Science Center Lab

Explore the Woods and Wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park

Jump (and Play and Flip!) for Joy at Flight Trampoline Park

Wander & Wonder at Green Spring Gardens

Take a Hike at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

Walk Along the River: Hiking from Riverbend to Great Falls Park

Inflated Fun at Sport Bounce of Loudon

Field Tripping at Ticonderoga Farms

Riding Along with Bike Camp to Arlington National Cemetery

Winkler Botanical Preserve: A Natural Oasis in an Unexpected Place

Hit the Trail at Turkey Run Park

Festival Time at Ticonderoga Farms

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens – a Northern Virginia Gem

Take Me to the River Farm

Outdoor & Indoor Play at Potomac Overlook Regional Park

A Wildlife Fix at Long Branch Nature Center

Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Climb a Rainbow at Clemyjontri


Outdoor Recreation & Historical Explorations at Harpers Ferry

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