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Children's Activities in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

There are great activities in the Washington DC area for kids of all ages. Find family programs, arts, sports, special events, enrichment programs, summer camps and more in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.
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Things to Do with Toddlers in Washington DC
See suggestions of the top things to do with toddlers in the nations capital.

15 Best Places to Go with Kids in the Washington DC Area
Washington, DC is a great place to explore with kids. With so many choices of things to do in the region, here are my top picks for children of all ages.

Best Museums for Kids in the Washington, DC Area
Find the best museums with special appeal and programs for kids in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Annual Parades in the Washington, DC Area
Everyone loves a parade! The Washington, DC area hosts several holiday parades throughout the year. Here is a calendar of annual parades held in Washington, DC and the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia.

Washington DC for Teens
Exploring Washington, DC with teens? The nations capitol is a fun and educational place to visit and has lots of great attractions to appeal to teenagers. The following guide provides information about the top tourist attractions for teens as well as live entertainment and recreational activities.

Washington Sports - A Guide to the Pro Sports Teams of Washington DC
Washington sports teams compete in a variety of national leagues including baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, and tennis. Learn about the professional sports teams of Washington DC.

Junior Ranger Programs – National Park Activities for Kids
Junior Ranger programs offer a fun way for kids to learn about the history of America’s National Parks. Junior Rangers, ages 6-14 enjoy activities, games and puzzles, earn Junior Ranger badges, patches, pins and stickers.

Great Sledding Hills in the Washington DC Area
Sledding in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia, there are plenty of good places to play in the snow on a wintery day in the Washington DC area

What's Your Teens Favorite Washington, DC Attraction?
Washington, DC has lots of great attractions to appeal to all ages. What attraction does your teen like the most and why?

Best of Washington, DC for Tweens
What are the best places to take tweens in Washington, DC? With Malia and Sasha Obama in mind as they settle into the White House, a survey of 75,000 tweenage girls has ranked the following spots as "not to be missed" in Washington, DC.

Top 10 Summer Events for Kids in the Washington, DC Area
The Washington, DC area is bustling with activity in the summer. What are the best events to take kids? Here are my suggestions of the best summer events for children and families in the Washington, DC area.

Best Playgrounds in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Find the best slides, swings and other play equipment for kids in the Washington, DC area. Take the kids to a local park with one of the best playgrounds in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Indoor Playgrounds or Amusement Centers in the Washington, DC Area
Got kids to keep occupied in bad weather? Find these indoor playgrounds or amusement centers for kids in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Water Parks
Spending a hot summer day at a water park is great family fun! We are lucky to have some terrific water parks in the Washington DC capital region. Check out these parks in Maryland and Virginia.

National Children’s Museum - Washington, DC
The Nationals Children’s Museum in Washington DC opened in 2012 at National Harbor and offers a variety of fun activities for all ages.

Lakes and Swimming Near Washington, DC
Throughout the summer you can enjoy the scenery and swimming at sandy beaches, swimming holes and small lakes in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Amusement Parks Near Washington, DC.
Learn which amusement parks are near Washington, DC. Find out about the rides, entertainment and more at amusement parks near Washington, DC in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Kings Dominion - Amusement Park in Doswell, Virginia
Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia offers a full day of fun with more than 50 rides, seven roller coasters, live family entertainment and a 19-acre water park.

Six Flags America – Amusement and Water Park Near Washington, DC
Six Flags America in Mitchellville, Maryland offers a full day of fun with more than 100 rides, shows and the largest water park in the Washington, DC area.

Glen Echo Park - A National Park for the Arts near Washington, DC
Explore Glen Echo Park, a national park near Washington, DC with year-round dance, theater, and arts programs for adults and children.

Smithsonian's Discovery Theater
The Smithsonian's Discovery Theater is a live theater geared towards children. Classic stories and folktales are told through puppet shows, storytellers, dancers, actors, musicians, and mimes.

Adventure Park USA New Market, Maryland
Adventure Park USA is a 17.5 acre Western theme park located in Frederick County, Maryland about 40 miles north of Washington, DC. Attractions at Adventure Park USA include Go Karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, water wars, moon bounce, paintball, soft-play playground, arcade games, carousel, and tea cups.

ComedySportz
ComedySportz is a family-friendly improvisational comedy show in Arlington, Virginia

MOMS Clubs in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Clubs are a national support group for mothers who primarily stay at home with their children. Find local groups in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Enjoy activities such as playgroups, story times, arts and crafts, field trips and a monthly Moms Night Out.

Pick Your Own Farms in Northern Virginia
Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables at a Northern Virginia Farm, from apples to pumpkins to berries to assorted vegetables. Farms in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.

Pick-Your-Own Fruits and Vegetables at a Maryland Farm
Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables at a Maryland Farm, from apples to pumpkins to berries to assorted vegetables.

The International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap National Park
The annual International Children’s Festival is a two day special cultural event for kids of all ages held at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC. Watch marching bands, dance and drumming performance teams from Japan and the United States, musical performances, clowns, horses, antique cars and mascots and much more.

Summer Reading Programs in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Summer Reading Programs in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, music, storytelling, magic, puppetry, and activities to chart summer reading.

Best Christmas Events for Kids in Washington, DC, Maryland & Virginia
Washington, DC is a wonderful place to celebrate Christmas with kids. With all of the Christmas events in the Washington, DC area, this guide will help you find the best Christmas events for kids including those in Maryland and Virginia.

Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole
The Water Mine is a small water park at Lake Fairfax in Reston, Virginia, with slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables and a Rattlesnake River. The park also features a 20-acre lake with a carousel, picnic areas, campgrounds and athletic fields.

Outdoor Recreation in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia

The Washington DC area offers endless recreational opportunities for all ages. Discover beautiful parks and find the best of the DC/Capital region.

Hersheypark – Amusement Park in Hershey, PA
Hersheypark, a 110-acre amusement park in Hershey, PA, features more than 60 rides and attractions, including roller coasters, kiddie rides, water attractions, live entertainment, games, food and shops. See a visitors guide to Hersheypark and learn about the park's highlights, hours, ticketing information, hotels and more.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Amusement Park in Williamsburg, VA
usch Gardens Williamsburg is a 100-acre European-themed amusement park with 17th-century charm and more than 50 rides and attractions. Families enjoy thrilling activities and entertainment with stops in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, and Italy.

DC Summer Carnival 2011 at RFK Stadium
The DC Summer Carnival, featuring more than 100 thrilling rides, games and attractions, will bring family fun to the nation's capital this summer. Find the dates, times and ticket information about the summer carnival in Washington DC.

Big Apple Circus, New York’s original one-ring circus, entertains audiences...
Big Apple Circus, New York’s original one-ring circus, entertains audiences of all ages under its Big Top by presenting world-class circus artistry where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. Learn about the upcoming DC area performances.

25 Great Places to Host a Kids Birthday Party in Washington DC
Find ideas for birthday parties for kids in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia including destinations for all ages, including indoor activities, arts and crafts, and outdoor adventures.

Water Country USA - Williamsburg, Virginia Water Park
The water park is great for families featuring resort-style amenities, up-close animal encounters and more than 30 water attractions.

Winter and Spring Break Camps in the Washington DC Area
Find Winter and Spring Break camps in the Washington DC area including sports, arts and crafts, nature activities and more. See a guide to camps in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

National Harbor's Carousel
A 36-foot Americana-themed carousel at National Harbor offers a great destination for families with its prime location right at the water's edge of the Potomac River.

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