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Ice Slidin’ Away at St. Elizabeths East

Ready to ride, or make that, slide

Ready to ride, or make that, slide

My friend, Torey, gets the credit for finding this one. I completely missed the DCist post about the ice slide at St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion. But, thankfully, my peops look out for me (and KFDC), so I was able to get the scoop on this temporary winter gem.


Here’s the deal: For the next few weekends, through mid-February, you can enjoy inner tube rides down an ice slide set up at the gateway pavilion. It’s not a huge slide, but a spin down it is massively fun (tip: request the “special” to get your tube turning). You go fast, maybe bounce off the walls a bit, and can’t help but let out a whoop — or a few. They even have double tubes, so you can partner up to whiz down.



Really little ones have to ride on an adult’s lap, but children about 4 and up can go on their own. Cost is $5 for adults, and FREE for kids 18 and under.


Even more, there’s a room in the pavilion with games and crafts to hang out in when you’re done sliding or want to warm up. There’s also a cafe, so you can take a snack break, though it closed before we could check it out, so I can’t tell you what they serve. But you’ll probably be too busy sliding to care.


St. Elizabeths East is located at 2700 Martin Luther King Avenue SE. Free parking is available on site. The ice slide will be open Friday-Sunday 12-5pm through February 15 17, plus MLK Day, Monday January 20, 11am – 5pm.


Filed under All ages, DC, Free, Outdoor, Weekend, Winter

The Snowman Stampede: Light Up the Night 5k


Light shows that dazzle with miles of twinkling scenes through area parks are some of the most anticipated delights of the holiday season. And this year you can enjoy one in a whole new way: The first ever Snowman Stampede: Light Up the Night 5k! On December 7, all ages are invited to run or walk through the Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA — a brilliant family-friendly kick off to the holiday season.

There will be a 5k race through the light show starting at 5:30pm as well as a one-mile dash for all ages at 4:30pm. The race will go through the entire show and end at a holiday village filled with carolers, hot chocolate, hayrides, and more — participants are highly encouraged to not only run the race, but to stay afterwards for the holiday festivities, too! Children and adults of all ages will enjoy this unique experience.


Register today at snowman5k.com and use promo code KidFriendlyDC to receive $10 off registration for the 5k race! This coupon code is exclusive to KFDC readers.

This race is being produced by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, a non-profit sports commission that strives to bring unique sporting events to the Washington, DC, area. The GWSA hosts various events throughout the year and is pleased to introduce the Snowman Stampede to its lineup this year. For more information about the Sports Alliance, visit gwsportsalliance.com. They look forward to seeing you at the starting line!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, however, I only promote activities, events, and services that I sincerely enjoy and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


Filed under All ages, Annual, Christmas, Competition, DC, Holidays, Live Entertainment, Outdoor, Park, Seasonal, Virginia, Weekend, Winter

NSO in Your Neighborhood


Want to expose the kids to a variety of symphonic sounds and enjoy some free music yourself?

You’ll be able to do that in the week ahead as the National Symphony Orchestra presents free activities in the U Street, Shaw, Howard, and Logan Circle neighborhoods. Starting tomorrow, January 8, through January 14, “NSO In Your Neighborhood” will offer more than 40 activities to the public, many inspired by the area’s rich cultural history, and several of them programs that kids can enjoy, too.

The opening event at Howard Theatre tomorrow is already at full capacity, but there will be many more performances throughout the series, including at the Logan Circle Whole Foods — you can view the complete schedule here.

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Filed under All ages, DC, Free, Live Entertainment, Music, Weekdays, Weekend, Winter