Let your brood pick out some new duds or cool gadgets at the behemoth Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Take a shopping break at Sugar Factory where they can score a King Kong sundae fit for a gorilla.
Treat them to Nicecream in Clarendon and watch their eyes widen as their ice cream is flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen before them.
A few blocks away find toys, clothes and DC-inspired gifts at the locally owned Kinder Haus Toys. Another favorite toy shop, One, Two Kangaroo Toys stocks adorable toys and games for kids of all ages in Shirlington. Visit family-owned toy store Barstons Child’s Play for its carefully curated toys, games and books, and weekend story time. In the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, take the little ones to Curious Kids Toys or the LEGO store.
Keep Them Entertained
Take the whole crew to a free outdoor concert at the Lubber Run Amphitheater in the summer. Or enjoy the free Netherlands Carillon Concerts on summer Saturday evenings. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic and spread out to hear jazz, pop, and patriotic music played on the carillon's 53 bells.
Bring the kiddos to Punch Bowl Social for bowling, arcade games, karaoke and ping-pong or to The Wonder, where they can do crafts and play in a bouncy house, ball pit, spy school and bubble disco.
Take your young ones for a spin on the ice at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex where the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals practice. There’s even an area where youngsters can get autographs from their favorite players.
Plunge into the lazy river pool at the Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center or scale the climbing walls at Movement that cover more than an acre.
Catch a free flick at the outdoor Rosslyn Cinema in Gateway Park every Friday during the summer. With games, sing-alongs and onsite food trucks, it’s a win-win for everyone.
Challenge the whole family to mind games in the Escape Room Arlington, 5 Wits or Bond’s Escape Room, with its live-action adventures and a first-of-its-kind art splatter room.