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2022 Guide to the DMV’s 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities

The fireworks on the National Mall are one of the most spectacular shows in town. Set against the Washington Monument, there are a couple key vantage points for optimal viewing (check out our insider tips below), but a number of other area fireworks are also stunning (and many promise lesser crowds). Whether you want to celebrate America’s birthday in our nation’s capitol or you’re looking to venture further out of the city, we’ve found the best places to catch a dazzling display of fireworks in Washington, DC and beyond.
WASHINGTON, DC
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11 Local Beach-Themed Restaurants for Vacay Vibes

If you want a quick beach getaway without sitting parked on 95, check out these beach-themed local restaurants. Bypass beach traffic (and skip the “are we there yet” chorus) by digging in to one of these eateries that dish up tropical treats and seaside decor. Some even let kids play in the sand! From new brand-new Boardwalk Bar & Arcade at The Wharf to worth-the-drive Bowleys on the Bay, swear you’ll feel the ocean breeze.
WASHINGTON, DC
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The Ultimate Guide to Accessibility Programs at Local Theme Parks

If your kid’s idea of a good time includes hurtling toward concrete at 81 miles per hour, slurping frozen lemonade and getting soaked by man-made waves skip the local playground and schlep the family out to one of these nearby theme parks, each featuring accessibility accommodations able to meet most guests needs. If this is your first time navigating a park’s accommodations, don’t fear! We’ve got tips & tricks to make your visit easier. Read on to find out how to make the most of a theme park’s accommodation program with these insider tips.
TRAVEL

Your Must-Save List for the Best Ice Cream Shops in the DMV

I scream, you scream, we all scream over DC’s latest food trend… ice cream! Since the pandemic, a number of new stores, trucks and sidewalk carts have opened up in the District and we can’t wait to sample all of them this summer. From newcomers like Dupont Circle’s Happy Ice Cream and Everyday Sundae in Petworth to old-time favorites like The Yard Park’s Ice Cream Jubilee and Spring Valley’s Millie’s, we rounded up our favorite places to grab a cone on a hot day. To get the scoop on where to go, scroll down.
RESTAURANTS

The Best Things to See & Do in Dewey Beach

Southern Delaware is home to some of DC’s favorite beach destinations. With five family-friendly destinations to choose from, it can be hard to narrow the choices and pick which beach town is just right for your family. From kid-friendly eats to rainy day fun, we rounded up the best family activities in each destination to help you make the best choice. Once you settle on your home base, be sure to check out our guides to near-by Lewes, Reboboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island for more fun things to see and do in Southern Delaware. For more information on Dewey Beach, read on.
LIFESTYLE

Family-Friendly Things to See and Do in Lewes, DE

Southern Delaware is home to some of DC’s favorite beach destinations. With five family-friendly destinations to choose from, it can be hard to narrow the choices and pick which beach town is just right for your family. From kid-friendly eats to rainy day fun, we rounded up the best family activities in each destination to help you make the best choice. Once you settle on your home base, be sure to check out our guides to near-by Reboboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island for more fun things to see and do in Southern Delaware. For more information on Lewes, read on.
LEWES, DE

Explore Bethany Beach: A Family Friendly Beach Town

Southern Delaware is home to some of DC’s favorite beach destinations. With five family-friendly destinations to choose from, it can be hard to narrow the choices and pick which beach town is just right for your family. From kid-friendly eats to rainy day fun, we rounded up the best family activities in each destination to help you make the best choice. Once you settle on your home base, be sure to check out our guides to near-by Reboboth Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach and Fenwick Island for more fun things to see and do in Southern Delaware. For more information on Bethany Beach, read on.
BETHANY BEACH, DE

Why Fenwick Island Is the Perfect Location for Family Fun

Southern Delaware is home to some of DC’s favorite beach destinations. With five family-friendly destinations to choose from, it can be hard to narrow the choices and pick which beach town is just right for your family. From kid-friendly eats to rainy day fun, we rounded up the best family activities in each destination to help you make the best choice. Once you settle on your home base, be sure to check out our guides to near-by Lewes, Reboboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island for more fun things to see and do in Southern Delaware. For more information on Fenwick Island, read on.
FENWICK ISLAND, DE

Best Family Beach Towns in Southern Delaware

A beach is possibly nature’s most perfect playground: kids can scavenger hunt for shells, build sand castles and shallow pools in the sand, ride the ocean’s edge on a skim board and so much more. With so much to do at the water’s edge, it’s no wonder many families choose a beach for their summer vacation. If you’re looking for some of the area’s best beaches, follow the traffic to Southern Delaware. Because so many migrate to Reboboth Beach in July and Aug., it has become known as the nation’s summer capital. Near-by Lewes, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island are also packed with family-friendly activities and worth a visit. Scroll down for a quick guide to what to see & do and where to eat & sleep with kids in Southern DE.
DELAWARE STATE

40 Free & Fun Things to Do with Kids This Summer

It may not be official, but as far as we’re concerned summer is HERE! In just a week kids will be out of school making you the official cruise director of summer vacation. Kid activities add up fast, so we scoured the DMV to find what was free (and fabulous) to add to your summer bucket list. From a park where you can practically touch incoming planes to a National Park where you can earn Jr. Ranger badges, we compiled a list with over 50 ways to fill your summer days for free. If you’re ready for summer fun, scroll down to find the best family friendly activities that don’t cost a dime in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC

Father’s Favorites: Gift Ideas for the DC Dad

From thrill seekers to gamers, movie buffs to history buffs, fishers to swimmers and everything in-between, we rounded up the best experience gifts and products for every type of Dad this Father’s Day. Spend nothing but time while fishing in Anacostia or invest in tickets to Dad’s favorite attractions, like nearby HersheyPark or prime seats at a Nats game. Whether you want a special experience you don’t have to wrap or something special to open on Father’s Day morning, here are our picks for best gifts from DC-area establishments.
RELATIONSHIPS

You’re Going to Love These Pride Month Activities for DC Families

June is National Gay Pride Month and Washington, DC is one of the most fun places to be to celebrate. What started out as a block party in 1975 has gained momentum every year, adding a parade in the early 80s and now a month full month of activities today. Everyone’s favorite headlining events are back this year— the Capital Pride Parade, the Capital Pride Festival and SAAM’s Family Pride Day —along with a number of small, family-friendly events hosted by DC’s Public Libraries. Sprinkle on some glitter, proudly raise those rainbow flags and add these fun activities to your family calendar.
WASHINGTON, DC

DC Metro Kids Weekend Events: May 27-29

Get ready to pack this Memorial Day Weekend with family-friendly events and activities. Chill out to the tunes of The Walkaways in Bethesda on Fri. night or kick back and enjoy an Afrofuture-infused vibe on the lawn of The Strathmore on Sat. (both concerts are free). Hirshhorn’s hands-on workshops are back; this weekend features a Lego build. And if this weekend is all about relaxing, check out this yoga session.
BETHESDA, MD

11 Restaurants with Epic Outdoor Dining

Get ready to soak in summer with these DC eateries for outdoor dining that feature something for everyone. From a rooftop restaurant with one of the best views of the city’s sunsets to waterfront dining with a neighboring splash pad, below are some of the best places to enjoy a warm summer evening while dining al fresco.
RESTAURANTS

Rock On! The Best Summer Performances for Kids

Summer is coming in hot, hot, hot. That means it's time to snag tickets for the best performances coming to the DC area. Enjoy al fresco sing-alongs at Wolf Trap, score free tickets for kid-friendly jams at the Strathmore or trade movie night for the concert version of your favorite cinematic score. If you want to know when Hamilton is hitting the stage or where you can belt out Encanto, scroll down.
MUSIC

Set Sail! 11 Exciting Boat Experiences on the Potomac River

Make the Potomac River your playground this summer! From a narrated tour on The Wharf’s water taxi to an afternoon sailing aboard a replica tall ship, the DMV offers tons of options to get out and enjoy our scenic waterway. If you’re seeking calmer waters, we found a swan ride that won’t rock the boat (for river-devoted fans, this experience is available on the Potomac, too). Ready for your river adventure? Then read on for the best ways to set your summer plans afloat.
WASHINGTON, DC

8 Amazing Asian American Businesses to Support in the DMV

Did you know there are 22 million Asian Americans and 1.6 million Pacific Islanders living in the United States today? It’s time to come together to actively celebrate our neighbors and community contributors during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. An easy way to recognize and show support of the AAPI community is by choosing to shop locally owned small businesses. We’ve rounded up a list of small and family-owned Asian American and Pacific Islander companies with tons of fun stuff for kids and families, so scroll down and start shopping.
WASHINGTON, DC

DC Metro Kids Weekend Events: May 20-22

It’s beginning to feel like summer! The community pools aren’t open yet, but if you’re looking to make a splash we rounded up the best places to cool off indoors at local indoor water parks. Summer concert series are starting and DC’s favorite is back! Enjoy Jazz in the Garden this Fri. (don’t forget to pack a picnic!). And to get into the full spirit of the summer season, head to McLean for their annual McLean Day featuring carnival rides and games. The perfect way to kick start summer!
LIFESTYLE

The Best Free Pass Programs in the DMV

With everything from gas to milk prices on the rise, saving money is more important than ever before. Skiing, snow tubing, amusement parks, even rides on the Metro, we’ve rounded up the 9 best free passes available to kids and their families in the DMV. They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but guess what, we even found that too!
BALTIMORE, MD