Washington DC with Kids: 13 Things to Do with Kids in DC

DC with Kids 13 Things

There are so many things to do with kids in Washington DC that it can be so overwhelming in planning a family trip to Washington DC.

What to do, where to stay, where to eat. Well, I think I have done all I can and finalize our plan for family spring break trip to Washington DC.

Check out our list of fun things to do with kids in DC

1) Tour Capitol Hill

This has to be done in advance. We called our senator and requested tickets for the tour. We also did the same for White House tour but unfortunately we didn’t get the tickets. Apparently, we picked the busies week to go there. It will be the Cherry Blossom week in DC.

2) National Museum of Natural History

There are so many museums in DC that it can be the case of too many choices. So I narrow it down to a few museums that will be more interesting for Miss J and Mr. Z. Nothing will beat seeing a big Dinosaur and other types of fossil.

3) National Museum of American History

Miss J has learned so much as a first grader. I hope that she will enjoy checking out this museum

4) National Zoo

We love animals especially if we don’t have to take care of them ourselves. :) The National Zoo is a perfect attraction to break up the museum fatigue from all the amazing museums we plan to visit in DC.

5) National Air and Space Museum

I admit I think I’m as excited or even more so to check out this museum than my kids

6) Old Post Office Tower

A lot of reviews mentioned that this is much better place to view than Washington Monument. Plus great place to have quick lunch.. hmmm.. someone mentions food?

7) Union Station

I think Mr. Z will be happy with this choice. Can’t miss Union Station when you have train obessessed kid.

8) Cherry Blossom Lantern Walk

One of the perk about visiting DC during Cherry Blossom week is variety of activities available. I’m looking forward to night tour.

9) DC By Foot

I have read about this free tour guide (tip only). I can’t wait to check them out. They will provide the tour for the monuments..

10) White House Visitor Center

Eventhough we didn’t get the ticket to the White House, a visitor center will provide plenty of information for us to get started.

11) Arlington National Cemetery

If we have enough energy left, I would love to see the change of guard at the Arlington. It will be a great tribute for the fallens.

12) Rent Paddle boat at Tidal Basin

And if we have energy left from all above activities, it will be a fun afternoon to rent a paddle boat at the Tidal Basin

13) Visit Old Town Alexandria

We will be staying in Crystal City which is only 1 stop from Old Town Alexandria. It will be neat to go check this old town out one evening.

These are just things that I have planned for our 5 days visit. I didn’t realize how many things we can do in DC. Maybe we might need the revisit trip in the future as well.

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. CanCan (MomMostTraveled) says:

    When I was 5 my parents took me to DC without my younger brother. It was awesome! :)

  2. Asianmommy says:

    There are so many wonderful things to do in DC. We loved going to the FDR Memorial. Lots of fountains–a great place for kids.


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