1. Keep ‘em spinning.
You can see it all from Skydome Restaurant atop the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC - Crystal City, the revolving restaurant overlooking the capital skyline. Make memories 15 stories up as you spot monuments and dine from an eclectic and seasonal menu. Who needs a fidget spinner when you can dine at the D.C. area's only revolving rooftop restaurant?
2. Connect with nature.
Connect with nature by experiencing the exhibits, live animal displays and gardens of Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park, property once owned by George Washington. Or visit the horses in the stables at Arlington National Cemetery.
3. Live music.
Check the StayArlington.com event calendar for free concerts. The Heritage to Horizons Summer Concert Series at the Air Force Memorial and the live-action military pageant, Twilight Tattoo at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, are free. A guest artist plays a free live concert at the Netherlands Carillon each Saturday in June, July, and August from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. And the Lubber Run Summer Concert Series offers 30 acts through mid-September.
4. Earn a badge.
Arlington even offers the chance for kids to become DEA Junior Special Agents at the Drug Enforcement Agency Museum and Visitors Center. Let them come home with a special badge as a Junior Special Agent after a visit to the museum which explores the history of illegal drugs in America. Admission is free!
Kick the ball in Long Bridge Park. Hike along the Potomac or, for kids over 16, rent a bike from Capital Bikeshare or an e-bike from Hybrid Pedals. Climb the walls at Earth Treks, a rock climbing gym. Check out the Crystal City Water Park with giant chess, hammocks and ping pong. Try indoor ice skating year round at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston. The practice home of the Washington Capitals, the Iceplex provides public skating time throughout the week.
6. Be sweet.
Get a King Kong sundae fit for a dozen people at Sugar Factory and also celebrity-endorsed Couture pops (because it’s not just candy, it’s an accessory). Pick up an all-chocolate capitol dome at Schakolad Chocolate Factory (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD). Need more ice cream that’s flash frozen before your eyes? Try Nicecream in the Clarendon neighborhood.