What’s Open Today – Quick Update!

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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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Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 25-29

Do you want to build a tiny snowman?

Do you want to build a tiny snowman?



[Note: Regular hours should resume at most places by Tuesday, January 26, but in these post-storm situations, I always recommend calling ahead to confirm. Also, I'm still accepting submissions for the KFDC Blizzard of 2016 Photo Contest -- enter your best shots by emailing them to kidfriendlydc@yahoo.com!]

Monday - Take advantage of Snowzilla’s outcome before it gets too slushy. Build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight! But if you want a break from the snow, go bounce some energy off at Flight Trampline Park. They are open today starting at 12pm, and it’s Open Jump all day! I recommend buying tickets and signing waivers online in advance.

Tuesday - Let the kids take the wheel at the Washington Auto Show. The annual event showcasing the newest models of cars and trucks will be at the Washington Convention Center through January 31. Kids (and adults) can sit in the driver’s seat, pretend to cruise around, check out dashboard details, and more. Open this week 12-9pm Tuesday – Thursday (12-10pm on Friday and varying hours on the weekend). Admission is $12/adult, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under. Read more about what to expect in this post about one of our past experiences there.

Wednesday - Show the kiddos relics from the nation’s past at the National Museum of American History. Explore the new Innovation Wing and gets hands on in the Spark!Lab, take little ones to play in Wegmans Wonderplace, see the progress of transportation in America on the Move. Toys and games, items from pop culture past, sports memorabilia, and the star spangled banner will also grab young kids’ attention. The museum is open from 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.

Thursday - Get a nature fix indoors at Watkins Nature Center. There, you can see and learn about birds, reptiles, and other creatures that inhabit the surrounding area. If possible, head over to the Wizard of Oz-themed playground to romp outdoors and Old Maryland Farm where ponies, cows, chickens, rabbits, and other animals live. The Nature Center is open 8:30am – 5pm, the Farm 9am – 4pm, the playground dawn to dusk. Admission to everything is free.

Friday - Visit the National Geographic Museum, where Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World opens on January 27. Don’t miss the captivating images of Photo Ark and Pristine Seas while you’re there. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $15/adult, $12/senior, $10/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under, and it gets you into all of the exhibits. Look for a discount on adult tickets here.


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The Weekend: January 22-24

Bring it, Jonas.

Bring it, Jonas.



There’s this matter of a blizzard they’re calling Jonas hitting DC, so just about everything that was scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled or postponed. (DCist has some details.)

So, instead of the usual recommendations for adventures around the area, I’ve come up with a different fun idea for this weekend: The Blizzard of 2016 Photo Contest!

Snap some pics of your blizzard experience and share your best shot — be as creative and out-of-the-box as you want — on the KidFriendly DC Facebook page. (Send it to me with a caption at kidfriendlydc@yahoo.com and I’ll upload it to the Snowzilla 2016 album.) When the snow clears, I’ll pick my 10 favorite photos, which I’ll showcase here on the blog. Even better, everyone who shoots one of the winning pics will receive a prize!

You guys can weigh in, too! Browse the submissions and “like” your favorite photo. The image with the most likes will be among the top picks.

Have fun, stay safe, and Happy Snowy Weekend!


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Free “Books From Birth” for DC Children

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Thanks to a proposal last year from Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen, the DC Public Library is launching Books from Birth to help foster early childhood literacy. All children enrolled in the program will receive a new book by mail every month from birth until the age of five – for free!

As DC Public Library notes, “Even at an early age, reading to young children is the best thing you can do to put them on a path to success. Your kids pick up new words, have fun while they learn, and develop skills they will need later in school.”

The Library wants to make reading with your child fun and easy. All parents have to do to receive the monthly free books is register here. Children must live in DC to participate.

Books from Birth will officially launch in early February with an announcement from Mayor Bowser and the DC Council. More details about the program will be released at that time.

To learn more about Books From Birth see these Frequently Asked Questions or contact them at booksfrombirth@dc.gov.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 19-22

Ready to explore Ancient Egypt at Port Discovery

Ready to explore Ancient Egypt at Port Discovery



Tuesday - Feel like you’re outdoors in the comfort of pleasant temps at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Walk amid tropical rainforest, desert, and woodland flora (without requiring a hat and gloves) and stop in the “Plants in Culture” exhibit, where you can smell the scents of herbs and spices and learn about their everyday uses. Hours at the USBG are 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday - Venture up to Baltimore for a day of play at Port Discovery! The children’s museum is full of neat interactive exhibits for all ages. And a special Wonderful Wednesday program invites babies through 6-year-olds to develop early learning skills with art, music, and literacy activities. Museum hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is $14.95 for ages 2 and up (free for under 2).

Thursday - Bring little ones to enjoy Theatre for the Very Young at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, where Marmalade is running through January 24. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30m. Tickets are $9. Plan for lunch on H Street afterward — there are plenty of kid-friendly places nearby, including The Argonaut, Shawafel, Taylor Gourmet, and Red Rocks.

Friday - Take advantage of Tots Playtime at Pinstripes in Georgetown. From 10am – 12pm most weekdays, ALL kids can bowl for just $5 (plus $5 shoe rental), and parents are free (limit 4 kids per adult). Stay after for lunch — they have a good kids menu and a pretty extensive main menu, too.


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