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What’s Open Today – Quick Update!


Is cabin fever setting in? Are ready to do something that doesn’t involve snow? Here’s a quick update on some places open today, Tuesday, January 26, where you can get out for some indoor fun with the kiddos.

Smithsonian Museums: A few of the museums are opening back up today: The Air & Space and Natural History Museum (10am – 5:30pm) and the National Portait Gallery and American Art Museum (11:30am – 7pm) are welcoming visitors again.

Movie Theaters: Many area theaters are open, but be sure to confirm hours before you go.

DC Public Library: Opening late today. Hours at most locations will be 12-7pm. Rosedale, Deanwood, and Northwest One will be open 1-7pm.

Arlington Public Library: Open at 12pm, though all programs for children are canceled through Wednesday.

(Alexandria, Fairfax, PG, and Montgomery County Libraries still closed)

DC Aquatic Centers: Indoor public pools in the District are opening back up today, though some are delayed, so be sure to check hours before you go.

MagicGround: The new play space in Columbia Heights has resumed its regular hours.

SportRock Climbing Centers: The Alexandria location is open, and the Sterling site will make a decision later today.

Kettler Capitals IcePlex: Open with several Freestyle sessions, but be sure to check the schedule before you go.

Port Discovery: If you feel like making the drive to Baltimore, the children’s museum and play place will open at 12pm.

SkyZone: The trampoline park in Columbia, MD, is open 11am – 8pm.

As mentioned in Where to Play on the Weekdays, the Washington Auto Show is back on as of today through January 31, and Flight Trampoline Park is open.

*Also of note: DC Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to students and families at 10 schools across Washington, DC, from 10am – 12pm.

Do you know of any other places open today to bring the kids? Let us know in the comments!

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Filed under All ages, DC, Educational, Free, Indoor Play, Maryland, Movies, Museums, Seasonal, Virginia, Weekdays, Winter

Step Up to the KazokuFit Family Obstacle Course Challenge

Kids take on the KazokuFit challenge

Kids take on the KazokuFit challenge

Obstacle courses are all the rage these days. Mud runs and other races that involve physical challenges along the way seem to take place all the time now. In fact, I did one of those mud runs with a group of girlfriends last summer and registered months ago to do it again this July. And I remember when I told Owen exactly what it involved — scaling walls, slogging through mud pits, crawling under gates, navigating webs of rope, whizzing down a slide into a giant puddle, climbing up a lofty net — the first thing out of his mouth was, “Can I do one? That sounds so fun!” He was right, it was so fun, but I had to give him the ol’, “Sorry, kiddo, it’s for grown-ups only.” Because at the time, there wasn’t anything like it for kids around here.

But that’s about to change thanks to KazokuFit, a new company that produces obstacle courses and adventure races with all ages in mind. DC’s first-ever family obstacle course challenge is happening this Saturday, May 18, at American University. KazokuFit founders Polina Gregory and Mark Shafer came up with the idea because they wanted their own kids to experience an obstacle course challenge — and they wanted to be able to join them.


The race is designed for families to do together, and with “We have no sidelines” as their tagline, families are encouraged to run, jump, crawl, and climb their way through it. The course is a half-mile long with obstacles specifically created to challenge family members of all ages. It can be repeated multiple times, and they actually want to see how many times racers can do it. Kids ages 6-14 can race with or without a parent (they are highly encouraged to join, though), while younger children must have an adult on the course with them.

There will be heats at 10am, 10:45am, 1:45pm, and 2:30pm. Cost is $25 for a single participant, $45/team of 2, $60/team of 3, $70/team of 4. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the charity Journey 4 a Cure, a pediatric cancer foundation. You can register your family on the website.

And if you can’t make it this weekend, you’ll have another opportunity for a family obstacle course challenge on June 29 at the Brambleton Town Center in Virginia.


Events take place rain or shine, and there’s a chance of getting wet at the Brambleton event even if the sun is out. Sponsors Honest Tea, Drink More Water, and Whole Foods will provide healthy drinks and snacks, but there will not be other food/drink for purchase. The DC course will be located at the American University field at Massachusetts Avenue and 45th Street NW.

Oh, and they’ve created a pledge, which I really dig (especially the part about whining).

We will be our best selves.
We will embrace challenges.
We will give it our all.
We will forget how to whine.
We will not care if we get dirty, wet or tired.
Most importantly, we will do it as a family and have fun.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KazokuFit, however, I only promote activities, events, and services that I sincerely enjoy and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


Filed under Competition, DC, Gradeschoolers, Outdoor, Preschoolers, Preteens, Sports, Spring, Summer, Teens, Weekend