by Lowell School ParentsTake a Break!
You and your family deserve to take a break! It’s been a terrific, but extremely full school term, and you’re nearing the finish line…rapidly speeding towards 10 days of winter vacation—a break from homework, lunches, and carpooling.
It’s time for stress levels to drop and for you to refuel as you stroll into some of the best that Washington, DC offers. Many of these winter activities are just a metro ride away, and some are free! Enjoy your DC staycation as you re-discover different neighborhoods, reconnect with the fine arts, the theatre, and the immense beauty of our capital city. Take your time, savor, and have a ball!
This year, we’ve added a NEW section on winter break camps, in case you are working while your children are out of school.
(For more staycation ideas, browse our post from last year: A Parents’ Guide to a Winter Break Staycation in DC (2014), created with active kids in mind and including venues for indoor trampolines and mini-golf, winter swimming, bowling, theatre, holiday train exhibits, and more.)
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOWS
Brighten up the winter nights with some local holiday light shows.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Garden
Location: Wheaton, MD
Activity: A must see! Bundle up and take an evening walk through the woods to see hundreds of spectacular holiday light formations. (through Jan. 3)
Activity: Visit the National Christmas Tree behind the White House—illuminated with hundreds of energy-saving LED lights to illuminate the night sky and framed by the President’s home in the background.
Nothing beats a classic family film or a live performance.
Location: The comfort of your couch!
Activity: Family movie marathon—check out this list of top 100 films from The New York Times Essential Library: from “The Bad News Bears” to “Gandhi”, this list triggers your memory of some of the best kid-friendly films. You can also find recommendations organized by age on the Common Sense Media list.
Cost: Rental Cost
Ages: Check ratings before watching.
The Kennedy Center
Location: Washington, DC
Activity – Check out “Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play!” by beloved children’s author Mo Willems. (through Jan. 3)
Re-connect with American history and innovation from a kid’s-eye-view.
Bird’s-Eye-View of the Washington Monument
Location: Washington, DC
Activity: You’ve seen it, but have you ever been to the top? Get a bird's-eye-view of the nation's capital from the top of the Washington Monument built in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk. It’s world-class-majestic!
Cost: Tickets are free, but required. Get them at the ticket window or pay a fee for advance reservations.
Activity: Called the United States’ national record keeper, the Archives is the place to see the original Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and more. Perfect for fans of National Treasure.
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