If you have kids or, like me, have friends with kids, finding a place that’s fun for adults and children alike can feel like a tall order - especially if you don’t want to fight off the museum and zoo crowds. Luckily, there are at least five places in the DMV that fit the bill perfectly.
1. Union Market
It’s not all just delicious eats and hipsters. Union Market’s outdoor space is just contained enough that kids can run around a little without getting into too much trouble. The variety of food options also means that even the pickiest eaters will find something to love! Although the grown ups can also sip an adult beverage on Union Market’s patio, we recommend the grilled cheese sandwich at Righteous Cheese for everyone.
2. Kingman Island
People seem to forget that it’s actually pretty easy to lose yourself in nature while never leaving the District’s limits. Kingman Island is perfect for active parent who want to bike with their kids or just feel like they’re escaping the hustle. Although Kingman Island isn’t an especially rigorous trek, adults can reward themselves with a little jaunt to H Street, which is less than a mile away.
3. Guy Mason Recreation Center
There are plenty of playgrounds in D.C., but Guy Mason Recreation Center stands out. The playground is big enough for adults to run around too and you’re probably lying if you say you don’t like swings. Plus you can grab some solid pho and a banh mi at Sprig and Sprout around the corner when you’re all ready for nap time.
4. The Georgetown Waterfront
There’s just nothing funnier than a kid losing their mind over the geese and ducks that frequent the Georgetown Waterfront. The kids can frolic in the grassy spaces and interact with the public art that sometimes dot the area while adults catch up over a pretty view of the Potomac River. A lot of the waterfront is also stroller accessible, so parents with really young children won’t be stuck sitting around.
5. The Wharf
The new southwest waterfont lacks ducks, but there are plenty of kid-friendly play spaces and amenities that work for toddlers and older children alike. For the adults, the wharf has plenty of great eats and retail spots. The Wharf also hosts all-ages events several times a year, so there will be plenty of chances to get out of the house after normal work hours.