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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.


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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.


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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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Shakespeare at Six

Eagerly awaiting the start of his first Shakespeare play


It never would have occurred to me to take Owen to see a Shakespeare play had the Shakespeare Theatre Company not hosted Family Week as A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at Sidney Harman Hall.  After all, I didn’t get my first dose of The Bard until I was in high school nor did I fully appreciate his work until I studied it as an English major in college.

But the Family Week promotion caught my attention. There were performances geared toward little ones during the week, along with special family ticket packages for the full-scale production that implied the play was appropriate for kids ages five and up. So, when I was offered a couple of complimentary tickets to see the show, I decided my theatre date would be six-year-old, Owen, instead of my husband.

That turned out to be an excellent decision.  Not only did Owen enjoy the play, it was a fantastic way for him to experience Shakespeare for the first time.  A lot of it had to do with the production itself — A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a light, fanciful tale filled with whimsy and humor.  Fairies, magic, and romantic mix-ups are factored well into the story, and plenty of comedy, both cheeky and physical, rounds out the fun. And this version has some touches that I think makes it a little more relatable for kids. The characters’ costumes look contemporary — Hermia and  Demetrius wear prep school uniforms — and Lysander seems familiar with his “dude”- like delivery and  jeans, flannel shirt, and guitar on his back.

It also helped that STC provided programs for kids that included a synopsis of the play as well as word games and other fun tidbits about Shakespeare and the show (they also had some craft projects for kids in the mezzanine lobby, though we skipped them).  I’d given Owen some background beforehand, but we also read the synopsis together, which definitely helped him follow the plot. And seeing other kids in the theatre — quite a few families took advantage of Family Week — likely made the whole experience less intimidating. In fact, the way Owen cackled at some of Bottom’s funniest moments, I’d say he was pretty darn comfortable being there.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be at Harman Hall in Penn Quarter through January 6. And even though Family Week is over, I still recommend giving it a go with the kids.  Give them some background beforehand, and it wouldn’t hurt to ask the theatre if they have any more of the kids’ guides.  Like me, you might be pleasantly surprised to find you have little Shakespeare fan in the family.

Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream start at $43.  Performances take place most evenings with some afternoon shows on the weekends as well.


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