DC Cool Kids

The skinny on kid-friendly fun straight from the source

Our local adult experts may know hot spots on 14th Street, where to shop vintage in DC, or what baby panda Bao Bao enjoys, but in order to share real insider tips on how DC Cool Kids can best enjoy the nation’s capital, we tapped an informal jury of our youngest peers. Locals ages 4-12 (plus a young international traveler) have shared their picks for an ultimate day out in the District. Look who’s talking:

 

Name: Kovan

Age: 8

DINING
“My mom and I like to go out for ice cream at Thomas Sweet Ice Cream. I recommend the bubblegum ice cream.”

MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS
“My favorite museum to visit is the International Spy Museum. I like to visit the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit. From time to time, we’ll also go the National Building Museum.”

SPORTS
“My family roots for D.C. United, and I’ve even been to a game! My favorite part of game day is when the kids get to come on to the field during halftime.”

SHOPPING
“The best place to buy me a present, especially Legos, is [Barston’s] Child’s Play.

NEIGHBORHOOD GEM
“My favorite place in DC that most visitors don’t know about is the C&O Canal in Georgetown.”

 

Names: Twins: Oliver & Jacob (with an assist from Mom)

Age: 4

DINING
“Our favorite place to dine out is Murasaki. We like it because the food is yummy. Our go to-order is chicken teriyaki meatballs, but we also like the edamame and the miso soup. We also love Medium Rare, because you can get an ice cream sundae at the end. Our other favorite things there are the steak and the frites (fancy word for French fries)."

“Sometimes, we’ll go out for milkshakes at Ted’s Bulletin. The portions are huge and the old cartoons are fun. One dish is more than enough for both of us. And our mom says you can make reservations, so we don’t get too impatient waiting for a table.”

MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS
“Our family’s favorite museum to visit is the National Building Museum. We like to visit the Play, Work, Build exhibit and also run around the lobby and throw pennies into the fountain. Also, we love going to the National Zoo!”

PLAYTIME AND ARTS
“We have a lot of playgrounds that we love. Glover Archbold Trail is great because we can throw rocks in the creek, find sticks, look at plants, and still bring along the dog, binoculars and snacks.”

Beauvoir Playground is huge and super fun for weekends – make sure to bring a soccer ball! For cooking out during summer, Livingston Playground is great because it has a splash park.”

PERFORMANCES
“We’ve been to see David Greenfieldboyce at BloomBars in Columbia Heights. He performs puppet shows and is super talented!”

SPORTS
“Our family roots for the Washington Nationals. We’ve been to games and our favorite part is playing in their outfield playground.”

SHOPPING
“The best place to buy us a present is [Barston’s] Child’s Play. It’s the best toy shop ever! We also love buying flowers for our garden at Johnson’s Florist and Garden Center.”

NEIGHBORHOOD GEMS
Lil Omm is an amazing local yoga center for families – there’s lots of good energy and activities there for us. Sundays at Union Market are fun too – we love Dolcezza’s Lab where they have soft serve gelato. Yum!”

“We also love feeding the ducks at Georgetown Waterfront Park, then taking our scooters on the towpath. Bowling at Pinstripes is fun, too. We also like the tree shade and tennis courts at Forest Hills Playground.”

 

Name: Julian

Age: 9

DINING
“My favorite place to dine out is Highlands on 14th Street, NW. I like it because they have great service. My go-to order is usually salmon, but in a pinch, I’ll also eat the kid’s pasta.
Sometimes, we go out for frozen yogurt at Bloo Moo. I recommend the red velvet cake flavored yogurt!”

MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS
“My family’s favorite museum to visit is the National Museum of African Art. I love seeing all of the masks there. From time to time, we’ll go to the National Air and Space Museum.”

PLAYTIME AND ARTS
“When I’m not showing off my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, I like going to the Palisades Playground. They have a rock climbing hill, and I can also bring a soccer ball to play on the turf field.
I’ve been to Step Afrika! to see a step performance. I like it when they let the audience dance with them. My mom is a fan because she likes to watch step shows.”

SPORTS
“My family roots for D.C. United. I haven’t been to a game yet, but want to go very soon.”

SHOPPING
“The best place to buy me a present, especially a soccer game for my Nintendo, is Target on 14th Street, NW.”

NEIGHBORHOOD GEM
“My favorite place in DC that most visitors don’t know about is Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park. You can feel the breeze while you are riding your bike on the weekends. Make sure to read my brother Winston’s favorite things about DC too!”

 

Name: Winston

Age: 11

DINING
“My favorite place for dinner out is Ledo Pizza. I like it because they have soccer games on their TVs. My go-to order is usually cheese pizza, but I’ll also eat the ham & pineapple pizza. Sometimes, we go out for smoothies at Robeks. I recommend the strawnanny berry flavor.”

MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS
“I love going to the National Museum of African Art. They let you make masks there. My family also likes going to the National Air and Space Museum.”

PLAYTIME AND ARTS
“My favorite playground is the Shepherd Park Playground in Shepherd Park because they have a turf soccer field and a nice playground. I bring a soccer ball and water to play pick-up soccer on the weekends.”

I also really like Yong Studios. Their instructors really know Tae Kwon Do and teach their students discipline. I’ve also been to the Duke Ellington School to see the DC Tap Fest. I liked how experienced the dancers were. My dad liked it because his cousin performed.”

SPORTS
“Besides D.C. United, my family roots for the Capital City Football Club in the Washington Premier League. My soccer coaches play on that team.”

SHOPPING
“The best place to buy me a present, especially soccer gear, is DC Soccer Supplies.”

NEIGHBORHOOD GEM
“Like my brother Julian, my favorite place that most visitors don’t know about is Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park. I like it because the road is closed on the weekends, so you can ride your bike freely. It gives you the feeling of being in the woods even though you are in the city.”

 

Fancy an international perspective? We talked to Wessel, a 10-year-old jetsetter from the Netherlands who dabbles in blogging, and visited DC on a whirlwind summer vacation through America. 

Name: Wessel

Age: 10
 
DINING
"My favorite place where I ate a meal in Washington, DC was Rural Society. It was in our hotel and I liked the waiter very much because I talked to him about soccer. I ordered the pizza margherita and it was delicious!"

MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS
"My favorite museum I visited is the Spy Museum because you could learn how to be a spy." 

SHOPPING
"My favorite Washington, DC keepsake is a T-shirt with the name of the city on it."
 
DC TRAVEL ADVICE
"The one must-do activity in Washington, DC is to take the trolley tour so you can see everything, including the White House, and maybe you will see President Obama! You must also go to the Newseum, where you can learn about the news and be a reporter."

 

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