KidFriendly DC is a go-to resource for recreation with kids in the Washington, DC-Metro area. From the tried and true to the new and cool, find out where to go and what to do with the kiddos in the nation’s capital.

Have a recommendation? Email kidfriendlydc@yahoo.com.

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  1. Hi, I wanted to let you know about my wonderful new children’s yoga classes offered in DC for children ages 3-5. Check out yogabears.blogspot.com for more information.


  2. Michele Luebbers


    I work in public affairs at The Smithsonian Associates, the cultural and educational outreach organization of the Smithsonian Institution. We are presenting “Smithsonian Sleepovers” on July 9.


    We believe this program would be of particular interest to your members. Is it possible to post this event on your website?
    Thank you for your consideration,

    Best regards,

    Michele Luebbers | The Smithsonian Associates
    Public Affairs

  3. Hello,

    I work in public relations at The Smithsonian Associates, the cultural and educational outreach organization of the Smithsonian Institution. Celebrate life in all its extraordinary variety in an evening featuring two IMAX films and an appearance by representatives of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, the performance troupe that has reinvented the circus on Thursday, September 16:

    I-MAX in 3D: Bugs! Cirque du Soleil


    We believe this program would be of particular interest to your members of your organization. Is it possible to post this event on your website, or to announce it through any additional avenues such as an e-mail to your membership or including it in a newsletter?

    Please contact me if you have any questions.
    Thank you,
    Michele Luebbers

  4. Love your site! If I lived in DC with kids, I would use it ALL the time. Super informative!!

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  6. darcytroutman

    Hi, I just learned about your blog through DC Urban Moms and it’s wonderful. I recently started my own DC-based blog, which also has some posts on kids’ activities, though mostly the information is more personal and not half as well-researched as what you offer. Thanks again for all the great ideas and suggestions, what a wonderful resource.


  7. B

    I recently discovered this site, and it’s now one of my favorites. Great stuff. Thanks! I will be sure to do my part to forward any good kid events I see.

  8. R

    Can you recommend any kid-friendly (toddler) places to stay in walking distance to the museums/mall? Or resources to find apartments to rent for the weekend? thanks.

    • For hotels within walking distance to the Mall, try the JW Marriott, Hotel Monaco, and the L’Enfant Hotel. But keep in mind that the Metro, DC’s subway system, is excellent, offering quick and easy transportation around the city. Many other family-friendly hotels are close to Metro lines, so you can hop on and arrive at the Mall within minutes. With that in mind, you should also consider the Park Hyatt Washington, Omni Shoreham, and Grand Hyatt hotels.

      For short-term apartment rentals, check VRBO.com and homeaway.com, and I’d recommend looking for places in Capitol Hill. It’s a charming neighborhood and just a 10-15 minute walk (or 5-minute Metro ride) to the Mall if you stay close in to the Capitol. Many of the row homes have English basements available for rent, both short and long term. There are also several family restaurants nearby and parks where kids can play.

      Hope that helps. Have a great trip!

    • Talashia Keim Yoder

      Try Roomorama.com. We’re currently renting an apartment on DuPont Circle (it takes us about 10 minutes with public transportation to get to all the sights, which is not much at all!) for a week. Hotels here run about $500/night, and we’re renting for $150/night – and we have a couple rooms, kitchen, laundry access – very nice with a child! There are tons of DC properties listed on the website.

  9. Thanks so much for putting out this valuable info! I find it extremely useful

  10. Julie

    What took me so long to find you?! This is hands-down the best resource for kid’s activities in the DC area. Thank you!

  11. looking for performances that children can watch that incorporate American Sign Language

    • The Puppet Co. offers ASL interpreted shows, as well as Adventure Theatre. Both are located in Glen Echo Park. On Sunday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m., “Peter and the Wolf” will be ASL interpreted at the Puppet Co.

  12. Awesome Blog! Very useful resource for parents, it’s one of our favorite websites! We dedicated a special page at DCJourney.com for your blog (http://dcjourney.com/kidfriendly), Great work!!

  13. NS

    THANK YOU!! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to find your blog!! There is nothing like it–the most helpful, informative resource I’ve seen. Exactly what I’ve been searching for!

  14. Thomas M

    Great site! Thanks for all the posts …

  15. Leila

    This is hands down one of the most valuable resources on kids activities in the DC area! Thank you SO MUCH for doing such wonderful work and keeping us all informed! Greatly appreciated, keep up the good work!

  16. Nicky

    I’ve just recently discovered your wonderful blog .. and wonder whether you know of the best pools in DC for a 21 month old (and her pregnant mother) – now and in the summer?

  17. Hi,
    I really like your blog. I wanted to include you on my blog roll at rockvillemom.com. Can you please add me to your blog roll too.

  18. Jess

    Hi, I love your blog. My toddler and I have found heaps of fun stuff to do through reading it.
    As it is fringe festival time again in DC I was wondering if you know if the festival has kid friendly events?
    Perusing their website it doesn’t seem that they specifically target kids (too bad!)
    Thank you!

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Good question, Jess Generally, I’ve always thought that the Fringe Festival was not really for kids. I just had a look at the website, too, and while some events are deemed “appropriate for all ages,” they seem like they might be over the heads of young children. If you do end up going, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  19. Melody

    Hi, I wonder if you know where to find apartments to rent, I am looking in the NW DC or Bethesda area/NIH? Thank you so much! I am a single adult with a 5 year old.

  20. This site is a wonderful resource of all the happenings in the city. I loved it. Kids have already bookmarked this site on my laptop.

  21. Susan

    I don’t know how you find, keep up with, and have time to write all this great info, but I hope you keep your website going for as long as I live in the DC area. It is always my first go-to resource (weekly!) to find what’s new and cool to do with my five year old. As a single mom who is working full-time and going to grad-school online (but wishes she could just be a full-time mom instead) your website is a time-saver and life-saver for me. Thanks for posting and writing about (from a mom’s perspective) so many great resources – and saving me the time to do so – which means more time I can enjoy spending w/my daughter!

  22. kathy

    Thanks for this amazing resource. I work with military families and have been referring my clients to your website as most are new to the area.

  23. Tanya

    You have made my return to the D.C. area, which I was honestly dreading after 5 years in German, so much easier. I thought I knew D.C. because I had lived here for 10 years before, but coming back with a tiny person in tow was eye opening. Your site has provided me with a wealth of information to keep my very curious 5 year old thoroughly engaged. I am especially thankful for the activities that you highlight in areas in and around Baltimore, as trips into D.C. are not always possible.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Thanks for the nice comments, Tanya. So happy KFDC has helped you rediscover the area! Hope you continue to enjoy it.

  24. Jennifer

    KidFriendlyDC continues to be my favorite stop on the DC mommy blog carousel. I recommend it frequently! Lots of concrete, up-to-date recommendations for things to do for families visiting AND living in Washington.

  25. Megan

    I can’t believe it took me this long to find your website, given that I’ve been wishing this exact thing existed for years (I’m a SAHM of a 3 and 6-year-old, and we are serious consumers of kid activities here in MoCo and all over the area). Let me just say: I LOVE THIS WEBSITE. Thank you so much! Keep up the great work! It is just what I was looking for, and I’ll tell all my friends.

  26. Thank you very much for adding Hiking Along to your blogroll! I have enjoyed your site as a source for great things to do with my kids.

  27. Josh

    My wife and I will be moving to the DC area in a few months along with our 4 year old and 18mo old. We are unfamiliar with the area and were looking for recommendations for places in the city to live (esp. apartments to rent). I will be attending George Washington U. and would like to minimize my commute time. Any suggestions or websites with this type of information? Thanks.

  28. Love these things to do. I am a native of Northern Virginia and my family is still there so we go back all the time to visit. We look at your list for ideas when we’re in town. Do you ever post things to do that are a couple of hours away from D.C.? I work at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware. It’s only a two and a half hour drive from D.C. and there is a lot of great family stuff to do here.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Hi Allison – Thanks for your comment. I used to live in Chadds Ford, so I am familiar with Winterthur! I have thought about doing a post about things to do up that way – there are quite a few great places, and it’s a beautiful area – so feel free to send info if you’d like. You can email kidfriendlydc@yahoo.com.

  29. Kamal

    What would I do without this site??

  30. I am interested in posting family friendly events on your calendar. Please advise as to the proper procedure involved.

  31. A friend told me about KidFriendly and I’m glad she did. Such a helpful resource! Thanks to your Weekend Round Up April 4-6, I visited the Ticonderoga Farm and had so much fun, I’m sure we will be visiting many times in the future. I wrote about it and included pictures on my blog http://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/spring-weekend-fun

    thank you!

  32. Sarah

    Dear Kidfriendly DC – I’m a huge fan of your website and weekend lists. I have a toddler/preschooler who gets up very early and am always looking for places that are kid-friendly open early. Would love to see a blog post on this if you’re ever in the mood.
    Thanks for considering,

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