Washington DC with children

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Visiting DC with the kids? You’ve come to the right place! Not only does US capital offer up valuable history lessons everywhere you look, but there’s plenty of hands-on fun for the wee ones, including interactive museum exhibits, exciting outdoor activities, fun shops and child-friendly eateries. The best part? Most of these kid-tested-and-approved attractions are free – unless of course you decide to buy yourself a souvenir.

Best museums for kids

Top child friendly experiences

Feeding the family

  • Pick up a slice and play a game of table tennis at Comet Ping Pong and Pizza
  • Cactus Cantina has an extensive (and affordable!) kids’ menu, making TexMex food that even the pickiest little eaters will like
  • Gourmet Neapolitan style pizza keeps the parents happy, while crayons keep the kids busy at Two Amys
  • You’d never know it from the swank décor, but Legal Sea Foods has an award-winning children’s menu, with classics like mac & cheese and slightly more highbrow fare, like steamed lobster (which is taken out of the shell then put back in, easy for little fingers to handle)

Best stores for kids

All stores are located in kid crazy Georgetown

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  • For those hard to please tweens, check out Twixt, a boutique that carries clothing, shoes, and accessories
  • Yiro carries high-end, eco-friendly children’s clothing, accessories and gear
  • Dawn Price Baby has stylish stuff for mom and baby, from designer diaper bags to organic cotton layette sets

Family friendly DC web resources

  • Our Kids for seasonal activities, reviews of local businesses, and tips from local parents
  • Washington Parent for a calendar of local events, directory of kid-friendly businesses and attractions, as well as information on camps, classes and pediatricians
  • Many hotels offer on-site sitters, but if your accommodations don’t include this perk, try Mother’s Aides – a babysitting service that will send a pre-screened caregiver to your hotel

For more advice on traveling with the young'uns pick up a copy of Travel with Children, or get the word from fellow travelers on the our travel forum's Kids To Go section.

Still want more? Check out our Travel with children resource page, which features links to all our family-travel tips and tricks.