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Summer Family Fun - Things to Do with Kids in the Washington, DC Area

Ideas for Seasonal Fun for the Whole Family in the Capital Region


11. Nature Centers

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Spring is a great time to explore the outdoors and learn more about our environment. Visit a nature center and attend a naturalist guided event, enjoy hands-on activities examining nature exhibits or take a peaceful walk in the woods.

12. Visit a Zoo

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Visit a variety of animals, whether you spend a day at the National Zoo, or one of the regions smaller animal parks - Leesburg Animal Park, Reston Zoo and the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.

13. Amusement Parks

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Kids love the rides, the excitement and entertainment at amusement parks. Learn about the theme parks that are closest to Washington, DC in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

14. Arts and Crafts

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Enroll your child in art classes. Shop at a local craft store and stock up on art supplies. Paint pictures in your back yard or have a kids craft party.

15. Junior Ranger Programs

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Visit one of Washington, DC's national parks. Complete a junior ranger activity booklet and earn badges, patches, pins, and/or stickers.

16. Miniature Golf

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Miniature golf is a fun activity for the whole family. Find a variety of places in the Washington, DC area to practice your putting skills.

17. Indoor Play Centers

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When it is hot or rainy outside, let the kids have fun and get some exercise in an air conditioned space. Bring along some friends and enjoy a few hours of indoor fun.

18. Libraries and Bookstores

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Keep your kids reading all summer long. Visit your local library or a book store. Attend story times and enroll in a summer reading program.

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