With 250 attractions, DC With Kids, FamilyiTrips, is the most comprehensive family travel app on the nation’s capital. Forget about searching through a confusing list of EVERYTHING. Our categories make it easy to discover the city’s top attractions, places to play and special experiences from sleepovers at museums to moonlight tours, spy missions, festivals and free attractions as well as find the best spots for burgers, cupcakes and pizza.
DC With Kids engages children with its Fun Facts, whimsical illustrations and playful icons. DC With Kids aids parents by providing important planning tips. Our icons pinpoint those exhibits best for young kids, grade schoolers or teens, making it easy to create an itinerary that matches your family’s needs.
- Top attractions. Since you can’t do it all in one visit, see our picks for those with limited time.
- Plan Ahead. These essential tips prevent you from being disappointed whether you want a White House tour or a hands-on session at Spark!Lab, National Museum of American History.
- By Ages. Your four year-old is whining, your fourth grader is bored and your teenager wants to know why he had to come on this trip. Stop the insurrection by finding attractions that engage each group.
- Fun Facts. Kids (and adults) love odd facts. Such tidbits are great for starting conversation with your kids and for getting them interested in exhibits. What was the strangest package ever sent? (a 4 year-old girl.) Find out who sent her and why in our National Postal Museum write-up.
- Play Outdoors. Have fun paddling, biking, walking, riding carousels or horses, strolling gardens, cheering teams, playing golf and ice skating.
- Favorites. Create your own itinerary by listing what you want to see.
- Eat. Discover the best cupcakes, pizza, burgers, food trucks as well as restaurants for more leisurely dinners.
- More. Been there, done that? Repeat visitors as well as locals find additional attractions and experiences.
- Free. Many of DC’s top attractions are free. Use this icon to identify the budget-stretchers.
- Side Trips. Have an extra day or even an afternoon? Consider visiting George Washington’s estate Mount Vernon, the Civil War battle site Antietam or nearby Annapolis or Baltimore.
- Sleep. A hotel with a pool is always a bonus for families so we’ve listed these as well as additional family-friendly lodgings.
- Map. Every entry has Metro directions and a fully interactive map that connects your location to your destination.
- Add a comment. We welcome your comments.
DC With Kids works on an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
About the Author
Candyce H. Stapen, a long-time Washingtonian, writes frequently about the city she loves. She arrived in the District decades ago for graduate work and, after receiving her Ph.D. in English, stayed to raise two children (and numerous dogs).
A leading authority in family travel who is frequently interviewed on television, Stapen has authored 2000+ family travel articles, 30 books including the Blue Guide Washington, D.C., and two National Geographic Guides. Her latest book is An Explorer’s Guide: Virginia (Countryman Press). Stapen has received numerous prestigious travel awards. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including Family Vacation Critic.com, Continental magazine, MSNBC.com, BellaOnline.com, National Geographic Traveler, Caribbean Travel and LIfe, Cruise Critic.com, Family Fun and Global Traveler.
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