Exciting Things to Do in Washington DC with Kids

If you’re overdue for a family getaway, make sure you plan a trip to DC. There are loads of fun things to do in Washington DC with kids. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the top attractions.

Fun Family Activities in Washington DC


National Air and Space Museum

This is one of those family activities in Washington DC you just have to do. The museum displays hundreds of fascinating space and aviation artifacts. Highlights at the museum include the Apollo 11 Command Module, the 1903 Wright Flyer and a planetarium.

National Zoo

With over 300 different species, a trip to the zoo makes for a great day out. One of the favorite attractions is the giant pandas, but you will also get the chance to see Asian elephants, apes, reptiles and more. There are daily programs including feeding and training and even talks from keepers.

Discovery Theater

There’s always something on at the theater. Shows take place on weekdays at 10:15 AM and 11:30 AM. One of the upcoming shows to look forward to is Anansi Tales with Barefoot Puppets on June 2 and 3, 2016.

National Museum of Natural History

The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions. Don’t miss the African Elephant exhibition on the First Floor where you can learn about the evolution of these majestic creatures. There is also the Sant Ocean Hall exhibit where you can discover incredible insight into marine science.

With so many attractions in Washington DC with kids to look forward to, be sure to book your stay at the Fairfax at Embassy Row and plan a trip to remember!

The DC Jazz Festival Will Be Here in June

The DC Jazz Festival will take place from June 10 – 19 2016, at Yards Park and Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The festival was founded in 2005 and has become one of the biggest music festivals in Washington DC. Festival goers can look forward to more than 125 performances at venues around the city, featuring top local and international jazz performers.

DC Summer Festivals Are Something to Look Forward To

Jazz FesitvalWhile there are several DC summer festivals, this is one you’re going to want to catch. The festival is broken down into 4 main stages across the city that showcase some of the most acclaimed jazz artists.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods takes place from June 10 – 19 and presents a mix of artists. This particular event usually attracts large and varied audiences.

DCJazzFest at The Yards will take place from June 17 – 19. The three-day blowout allows fans to enjoy jazz in the beautiful Yards Park, overlooking the Anacostia River. There will be a marketplace and wine and beer tastings to look forward to.

DC JazzFest at the Hamilton will take place from June 10 – 19 and will feature eight nights of electrifying performances from the likes of Maceo Parker, Kurt Elling, and Steve Turre.

There will also be a one-night concert at the Kennedy Center on June 13 to celebrate the music history of Howard University. Professor Fred Irby III and the renowned Howard University Jazz program will be honored in an all-star performance that explores hip-hop, R&B, jazz, gospel, pop and more.

If you love jazz, and you’ve needed an excuse to book a trip to Washington, this is just the thing! The Fairfax at Embassy Row wishes performers and visitors a wonderful time at the festival.

Excellent Hotel Deals in Washington, D.C.

Whether you’re headed to Washington, D.C., on a work trip or a family getaway, you’re sure to love the style and grace of our hotel. You’ll find us ranked among top-class boutiques, iconic monuments and a myriad of delectable dining options, right in the heart of Dupont Circle. Conveniently, the Dupont Circle Metro is within walking distance from our premises, so famous attractions like the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall are all within easy reach.

AAA Hotel Discounts in Washington, D.C.

As an AAA member, you can take advantage of several great AAA hotel discounts in Washington, D.C. Our packages* include:

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Book Your Stay Today

Take advantage of these AAA hot deals in Washington, D.C., and look forward to staying in luxury accommodations complete with crisp linens and hand-painted details. Our rooms include a 42” flat-screen TV, high-speed internet access for a nominal fee, iPod docking stations, and laptop safes. We also provide luxury bathroom amenities, towels, and bathrobes to add the finishing touches to a comfortable stay.

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Plan Your Summer Activities in Washington, D.C.

Bring the family along for fun summer activities in Washington, D.C. Whether you are an active outdoor enthusiast or enjoy a picnic and relaxing under the sun, there’s something for everyone in DC.

Outdoor Recreation in Washington, D.C.

No matter your age, fitness level or preference, outdoor recreation in Washington, D.C., offers something for all.

HikingThe Mount Vernon Trail is a multi-use trail that stretches for 18 miles from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. The trail connects with several regional trails. The Mount Vernon Trail is a flat, vehicle-free path, ideal for cycling. If you prefer to be on the water, head to Jones Point Park or Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve for kayaking and canoeing. There are also several hiking trails that range from easy to moderate, and there’s plenty of space for a family picnic. There are a few grassy fields, too, for casual games, and you’ll find basketball courts at Jones Point Park.

The C&O Canal in the National Historical Park in Washington, D.C., and it is 184.5 miles of utter adventure. The canal once served as a lifeline for communities and citizens who lived along the Potomac River. Today, it is a pathway for discovering a whole range of natural, historical and recreational treasures. Try a public boat ride at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, or go biking or hiking at the C&O Canal. If you enjoy camping, there are both drive-in and hiker-biker campsites every couple of miles up and down the canal.

Book Your Stay in Washington

Bring the family to Washington for plenty of summer fun and stay with us at the Fairfax at Embassy Row. You’ll also find a range of top attractions right on our doorstep.

We look forward to making your summer one to remember.

Witness the National Memorial Parade in Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day in Washington DCThis year the National Memorial Parade in Washington, D.C., will take place on May 30, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. The American Veterans Center, along with the World War II Veterans Committee, first launched the Memorial Day parade in 2005. Every year since then, the parade has gotten bigger and better. In the last eight years, troops stationed all over the globe have watched a live television broadcast of the parade, and they’ll be able to watch this year’s event as well.

Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., is by far one of the biggest events in the nation. Without fail, the public supports this tribute to honor our service men and women.  

More about Things to Do on Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.

If you have been looking for things to do on Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., make sure you get to the parade. The parade will start at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue and proceed west down Constitution. The parade will travel past the White House and end at 17th Street. Participants in the parade will walk past a variety of the nation’s most famous museums and monuments as thousands of spectators proudly cheer and wave their flags.

The parade aims to remember the American spirit and sacrifices made for our country from the American Revolution right up to today’s ongoing conflicts. Coast Guardsmen, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, and Sailors are all celebrated during the parade. Attendees can look forward to a variety of high school marching bands, floats, local and national celebrities, veterans, service organizations, service members and plenty more.

Don’t Forget Somewhere to Stay

Book your stay for Memorial Day Weekend with us as at the Fairfax at Embassy Row. You’ll find us in the hub of Dupont Circle, among iconic monuments, world-class shopping, and incredible dining.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Make Mother’s Day in Washington DC One to Remember

If you want to spoil your beloved mother this year, spend Mother’s Day in Washington DC with us. Our luxury hotel lies amongst some of the top boutiques in the world, and iconic monuments and sensational dining are right on our doorstep. You’ll find us well situated in the bustling neighborhood of Dupont Circle.

We Offer Great Hotel Deals in Washington DC

Mother's DaySpoil mom with one of our hotel deals in Washington DC this year. Our Bed and Breakfast package allows you to book a stay with the best available rates and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two. You can also earn double iPrefer points.

Make the day extra memorable with Mother’s Day cruises in Washington DC with Spirit Cruises on May 8, 2016. The special cruises for mom include a delectable buffet-style meal, incredible views from the water and a DJ to entertain the whole family. Cruises to choose from include:

  • Early brunch cruise, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon brunch cruise, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Dinner cruise, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

All the cruises include either a brunch or dinner buffet menu, a complimentary mimosa, glass of wine, juice or soda and a flower for Mom.

Don’t Delay, Plan Your Mother’s Day!

Book your stay at the Fairfax at Embassy Row today. After the time out on the water and some wondrous sightseeing, come back and relax in our well-appointed guest rooms and indulge in luxury bathroom amenities.

Our intimate hotel is just the upscale treat Mom deserves this year. Nestled among tree-lined avenues, we are a haven at the end of a busy day. Let us help you make Mother’s Day unforgettable this year.

Will You Be at the Dragon Boat Festival in DC?

The Dragon Boat Festival in DC will be held on May 21 and 22, 2016 at the Thompsons Boat Center. This year the festival will celebrate its fifteenth year and the two days of festivities will include cultural exhibitions, dragon boat racing and craft demonstrations. The Chinese Women’s League sponsors the event and serves to promote Chinese culture in the DC area.

Dragon Boat Cultural Festivals in DC

Dragon BoatDragon boat cultural festivals are by no means a new trend. In fact, dragon boating is based on the 2,300-year-old legend of Qu Yuan, who was a Chinese statesman and poet. In the ultimate form of protest, Yuan committed suicide in the Mei Lo River in 278 B.C. The local fishermen who saw it happen paddled their boats in the river, thrashing the water to scare away fish in an attempt to stop them eating at his body. The act of thrashing the water is what we now know as dragon boating.

The Cultural Aspects of the Festival

Such festivals in DC have several cultural aspects. The eye-dotting ceremony intends to awaken the sleeping dragon and resuscitates the boats with good spirits, providing top-notch entertainment for racers. A lion dance is also usually performed. Symbolizing strength, wisdom, and courage, the lion dance is regularly performed during the openings of restaurants and stores, during the Lunar New Year, at weddings and various other festivals. The dance aims to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck and happiness. A traditional Chinese food, Zhong Zi, is traditionally consumed at the festival. The food is made of a glutinous rice and stuffed with a range of fillings before being wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves. This tradition also dates back to Qu Yuan when packets of rice were thrown in the river to ward off fish.

If you’re coming to DC for the festival, be sure to book your stay at the Fairfax at Embassy Row and enjoy luxury accommodations and ultra-convenient amenities.

Be Part of the 2016 Earth Day Celebrations

Earth DayCelebrated annually on April 22 and the days before and after, Earth Day sees events being held around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day celebrations originated in 1970 and today, the Earth Day Network coordinates Earth Day celebrations in over 192 countries around the globe. If you’ve never been one to celebrate Earth Day, why not do so this year in D.C.?

Earth Day Events in Washington, D.C.

Whether you are a D.C. local or will be in town, there will be a variety of Earth Day celebrations in Washington, D.C.

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, April 16

This year sees the 28th year of the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. The event has evolved into a leading facilitator for progress, encouraging and inspiring people towards change. The community spirit of the Alice Ferguson Foundation spurs participants on to protect the environment throughout the watershed. This is the largest regional event of its kind and is the perfect chance to engage with community leaders and discuss change and preservation.

Open House: Celebrate Earth Day! April 22, 10AM – 2PM

Head over to the U.S Botanical Gardens for Earth Day celebrations where you can get involved in activities and talk to different representatives from environmental organizations. You will also have the opportunity to learn all the ways we can start making the planet a healthier place to live. The events will be held at the Conservatory Terrace, and entrance is free.

Earth Day at the Zoo – April 23, 10AM – 2PM

The National Zoo’s Sustainability Committee will be celebrating the day by educating visitors about the various green achievements across the zoo as well as their continued efforts towards environmental protection.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row wishes participants, attendees and visitors a memorable and inspirational Earth Day in Washington, D.C.

Will You Be Attending the 2016 Smithsonian Craft Show?

If you are looking for ways to create a designer home, be sure to check out this year’s Smithsonian Craft Show from April 21 – 24 at the National Building Museum.

Events at the Smithsonian to Look Forward To

Visitors to this year’s craft show in Washington DC can look forward to insider tips from the internationally acclaimed designer, Thom Filicia, who will be hosting a lecture series titled “Finding BasketsBeauty.” The series will include a wide range of discussions with various experts on the history of modern fine craft and the aesthetics of jewelry and art glass. The experts will share their insights into the history of the craft movement, too. These events in the Smithsonian will take place throughout the duration of the show. Another event to look forward to is the Preview Night Benefit where attendees will be able to marvel at a fascinating exhibition of innovation and creativity by 121 craft artists. The show will feature unique and limited edition works in 12 different media, from glass and ceramics to furniture and wearable arts. The Preview Night Benefit includes a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s Women’s Committee in the Commissioner’s Suite of the National Building Museum. There will also be an awards ceremony and the opportunity to meet the artists, be the first to shop for their crafts and enjoy a scrumptious dinner buffet while taking part in an auction and viewing exhibitor’s work before the general public do.

Need Somewhere to Stay?

If you’re coming to DC especially for the craft show, book your stay with us at the Fairfax at Embassy Row and enjoy all the comfort and convenience of home without having to lift a finger!

Have You Registered for Avon 39?

This year’s Avon 39 event will be taking place from April 30 – May 1, 2016. The event is a challenge, an attitude and a weekend you’re likely to remember forever. No matter how far you walk at the event, you’ll be donating to a very worthy cause.

What You Need to Know About the Avon 39 Walk in Washington D.C

Avon 39 WalkThe Avon 39 walk in Washington DC has become a popular event with Avon 39ers having banded to together since 2003 with one common goal: to beat breast cancer. The event overall enjoys some 207,000 participants who complete a combined 6,868,000 miles in their attempts to stomp out the disease. Avon 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer in Washington DC is exactly the way the nations’ Capital should be seen. Walking through the history of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and along the trendy streets of Georgetown. Proceed down towards the sidewalks of the leafy suburbs and through the quaint neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and Chinatown. By stepping up to the challenge, you will be helping breast cancer patients in the community as well as across our nation. The net funds raised will benefit the Washington DC area directly and ensure that care programs across the nation, including research programs, have the resources they need to progress in the fight to obliterate breast cancer. Some of last year’s beneficiaries included:

  • Washington Cancer Institute located at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • John Hopkins University – the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Bayview Medical Center
  • Georgetown University’s Capital Breast Care Center
  • Food & Friends
  • Meritus Healthcare Foundation
  • George Washington University

If you’re heading out to this very special walk, or even coming to Washington DC especially for the event, the Fairfax at Embassy Row wishes you a great and memorable day.