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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 21-25

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(Note: There was a correction to the Water Skiing Santa info. It will take place on Thursday, December 24, not Friday as originally posted.)

Monday – Skate under the sky before the weather takes a wet turn! Enjoy art as you glide at the Sculpture Garden; circle the rink at Washington Harbour; meander the paths at Canal Park; or do some holiday shopping then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. Several local rinks offer push aides to help newbie skaters. This post has details on alfresco (and indoor) ice skating options in the area, including bonus activities to enjoy while you’re there.

Tuesday – Go bowling! It’s a perfect activity for what’s expected to be a rainy day. Take advantage of Tots Playtime at Pinstripes in Georgetown. From 10am – 12pm on weekdays, ALL kids can bowl for $5 ($5/shoe rental) and parents are free (limit 4 kids per adult)! Eat while you bowl or stay after for lunch — they have a good kids menu and a pretty extensive main menu, too.

Wednesday – Catch a performance of A Lump of Coal for Christmas at Adventure Theatre. Recommended for all ages, showtimes are 11am & 2pm. Tickets are $19.50, and you can look for a deal on seats here.

Thursday – Bounce on over to Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield for a super fun jump session. On Christmas Eve they are offering buy one get one free admission. Be sure to check the schedule, as times vary by age. And admission varies by time and age, but starts at $11. I recommend buying tickets and filling out waivers in advance to avoid lines when you get there. You can also watch Santa have some fun before his big night out, as he water skis his way up the Potomac along with knee boarding reindeer, flying elves, the jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman in a dinghy! You can view it all for free from the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria starting at 1pm sharp – the best viewing spots will be from King to Prince Streets.

Friday – Have a very merry Christmas… and enjoy some activities out of the house, too! The U.S. Botanic Garden and Mount Vernon are open. If weather permits, get out for a hike. Or do what’s a tradition for many who don’t celebrate Christmas and go out for Chinese food and a movie.

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Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to “Family Joy” at the National Cathedral

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Join the Cathedral Choral Society for a special Christmas concert! On December 12, celebrate the warm spirit of the season in a majestic setting as they present Family Joy at the Washington National Cathedral. This one-hour program is perfect for families with young children, and includes Christmas favorites and festive carol sing-alongs to tunes like “Joy to the World,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and “Jingle Bells.” And the group will be in good company, as they’re joined by the Children’s Chorus of Washington and American Youth Philharmonic Brass Ensemble.

Tickets are $25/adults, $15/youth, or $75/family 4-pack and can be purchased on the Cathedral Choral Society website. Or you can try to win them through the giveaway below. To stay in the loop, like their Facebook page or follow @CathedralChoral on Twitter.

Giveaway: Want to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Family Joy! at the National Cathedral? Simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas carol. To be eligible you must also like the Cathedral Choral Society on Facebook and be a subscriber of the KFDC blog (see free sign-up to the left). The giveaway will run through Sunday, December 6, then a winner will be drawn at random and announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 22-26

See the fantastic train display at the Botanic Garden through January 4

See the fantastic train display at the Botanic Garden through January 4



Monday – Bounce on over to Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield for a super fun jump session. Be sure to check the schedule, as times vary by age. And admission varies by time, but starts at $11. I recommend buying tickets and filling out waivers in advance to avoid lines when you get there.

Tuesday – Make your way up to Baltimore to visit the Maryland Science Center, where your crew can explore a variety of cool hands-on exhibits, play in the Kids Room, see an IMAX movie, and much more. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $18.95/adults, $15.95/ages 3+, free for 2 and under. (I suggest checking out their membership options — if your family visits just three times in a year, it’s worth it. Plus, there’s reciprocity with other museums around the country.)

Wednesday – Watch Santa have some fun on the water before his big night out. For the 29th year, Santa will water ski his way up the Potomac along with knee boarding reindeer, flying elves, the jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman in a dinghy! You can view it all from the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria at 1pm sharp – the best viewing spots will be between King and Oronoco Streets.

Thursday – Have a very merry Christmas… and enjoy some activities out of the house, too. The Botanic Garden and Mount Vernon are open. You can bundle up and get out for a hike. Or do what’s a tradition for many who don’t celebrate Christmas and go out for Chinese food and a movie.

Friday – Devise a plan to explore the intriguing world of espionage at the International Spy Museum. Since it would best be enjoyed by school-aged kids and older, Winter Break is a great time to go. Hours are 8:30am – 7pm. Admission is $21.95/adult and $15.95/child, but you can get discounted tickets through Goldstar.


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Giveaway: Experience “Family Joy!” this Holiday Season

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Celebrate the season with a special family tradition in the magnificent Washington National Cathedral! On Saturday, December 13, the Cathedral Choral Society presents “Family Joy!”, a 60-minute program that includes Christmas favorites and festive audience sing-alongs to tunes like “Joy to the World” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The group will be in good musical company, joined by Washington Symphonic Brass and the C.D. Hylton High School Troubadours.

The performance begins at 12pm and will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $25/adults, $15/youth, or $70/family 4-pack. To purchase tickets, visit the Cathedral Choral Society website, or you can try to win them by entering the giveaway below. And to stay in the loop on this concert and others, like the Facebook page or follow @CathedralChoral on Twitter.

Giveaway: Want a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Cathedral Choral Society’s “Family Joy!” concert? Simply leave a comment answering “What’s your favorite Christmas carol?” To be eligible for the giveaway, you must like Cathedral Choral Society on Facebook as well as the KidFriendly DC page. The giveaway will run through Friday, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Cathedral Choral Society, however, I only promote events, activities, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 30 – January 3

A couple of chicks playing in the giant nest at the Arboretum's Youth Garden

A couple of chicks playing in the giant nest at the National Arboretum’s Youth Garden



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Monday – Visit the National Arboretum on one of the two weekdays it’s open to the public since budget cuts prompted its closing Tuesday through Thursday. Go for nature walks through the woods, visit the Washington Youth Garden, romp in open green spaces and at the old Capitol columns, and enjoy one of the loveliest outdoor spaces in the city. Hours are 8am – 5pm, and admission is free.

Tuesday – 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 2014.

Wednesday – Enjoy a New Year’s Day brunch (or lunch) with the kids. This thread from last year 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.

Thursday – See some of the most wonderful, whimsical art around at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The colorful, quirky works — some of them interactive — can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. Hours are 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/students & children 7 and up, free for ages 6 and under

Friday – As the temps dip, stay warm and entertained at an IMAX movie. You’ve got your choice of several playing right now: Flight of the Butterflies 3D, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, Titans of the Ice Age 3D, and Jerusalem 3D are all playing at the Natural History Museum’s Johnson IMAX Theatre. And the Air & Space Museum’s Lockheed Martin IMAX Theatre presents Air Racer 3D, Hubble 3D, Hidden Universe 3D, The Dream Is Alive, and To Fly! Be sure to check schedules for showtimes.

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