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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 28 – January 1

Fort hopping at Beauvoir playground

Fort hopping at Beauvoir playground

Monday – Take advantage of Beauvoir’s Winter Break and head to their fantastic playground, open to the public when school is not in session. Open all day. Admission is free. And if you’re not used to the expected chilly weather just yet, find a place to romp inside.

Tuesday – Reach new heights of fun at ClimbZone in Laurel, MD. Kids and adults will have a blast scaling the many colorful, whimsically-themed walls at the new indoor climbing center. Hours are 10am – 9pm (10am – 8pm other weekdays). Admission is $25/ages 6 and up, $12/5 and under for a three-hour session.

Wednesday – Keep the kids entertained at a performance of A Year with Frog and Toad, running at Imagination Stage through January 10. Showtimes are 11am and 1:30pm. Tickets start at $12.

Thursday – Celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of several events around town that not only welcome kids, but in most cases, center around them. See this post for a list of family-friendly options to ring in 2016.

Friday – A couple of suggestions: Bundle up for a New Year’s Day hike — this post has details on a bunch of great places to hit the trail with the kids. Or, go out for a fun family meal. FireFlies in Del Ray is hosting Pajama Brunch all day. Pinstripes in Georgetown has a bistro, plus bowling and bocce. Jaleo in Penn Quarter and Crystal City has tapas to please everyone — and they might seat you at a Foosball table. Carmine’s serves family-style and is very family-friendly. Ted’s Bulletin is always a hit with kids.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 29 – January 2

Strolling the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park

Strolling the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park

Monday – Keep the holiday spirit going at a performance of Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol, on stage at Adventure Theatre through January 1. Showtimes are 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $19.

Tuesday – Make your mark at the National Archives during a special Family Day. Explore the “Making Their Mark” exhibit, then try your hand at make-and-take projects, hands-on activities, games, and more. As a special treat, a representative from Fahrney’s Pens will also be there to help with the most vexing of holiday challenges — how to write a “polite” thank you note! The event runs 10am – 4pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of several events around town that not only welcome kids, but in most cases, center around them. See this new post for a list of family-friendly options to ring in 2015.

Thursday – Enjoy a New Year’s Day brunch (or lunch) with the kids. This old thread on the KFDC Facebook page generated a lot of recommendations for good places to have a family feast. Plus, a few more: Ted’s Bulletin, Carmine’s, and Cactus Cantina. And it’s probably a good idea to make a reservation or call ahead.

Friday – Go take a hike! The woods and wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria are wonderful to explore any time of year. You won’t see all the turtles you do during the warm months, but there are geese aplenty, the scenery is beautiful, and the trails and boardwalk will easily lead you through it all. Stop by the nature center for neat interactive exhibits. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free.

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Monday Movie Night at The Coupe

Family Night at The Coupe - it's like their own living room at the restaurant

Kids enjoy a movie during Family Night at The Coupe

Looking for a fun, relaxing way to ease the family into the week? The Coupe in Columbia Heights has it all figured out: Family Night.

Every first Monday of the month starting at 6pm, they present movies for kids along with a special menu for their young patrons. And the kicker: Parents can choose to watch the flick with them or take advantage of their children being occupied and entertained for awhile and sit elsewhere to enjoy a meal — and some grown-up time.


We checked it out for the first time a couple of weeks ago when they hosted a Media Night. The restaurant is surprisingly spacious and has an area with couches where the movie is shown. In the middle was a coffee table with arts & crafts for kids, so they were engaged while waiting for “Despicable Me” to begin.

The Kids Menu ($4.00) includes mac & cheese, chicken tenders, and french toast. And the special Monday Movie Night menu for parents has deviled eggs, stuffed dates, watermelon salad, braised short ribs, duck confit flautes, and quinoa cakes. We got to sample everything, and it was all delicious. And there are happy hour specials on drinks for adults, too ($3 Natty Bohs, $4 Rum Punch, and $5 wine).


Since it was a special media event that night, most of us parents hung out in the same area as the kids among seating just behind them, so we had a chance to talk and mingle while our little ones were absorbed in the movie. But it’s fine with the folks at The Coupe if parents want to sit in a whole other section — as long as their kids are settled in okay, of course.

To top it all off, the food — both kid and adult — was quite tasty, and we all left satisfied with the entire movie and dining experience. I can say with certainty that we’ll be heading there again soon.

The Coupe is located 3415 11th Street NW in Columbia Heights. Family Night take place every Monday. It kicks off around 6pm, but the movie doesn’t start until closer to 6:30pm.


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