DC might be small but our city never lacks something to do. Check out our the following ideas for things to do with visiting family.
What: When most people think of DC cupcakes, they think of Georgetown Cupcakes due to the television series on TLC. However, unbeknownst to many, there are several other bakeries in Georgetown alone that warrant a visit. Visiting all three in one day makes for a fun family food tour that lets you pick your favorite. Our route starts at the iconic Georgetown Cupcakes location on M street and heads east, stopping at Sprinkles Cupcakes and Baked and Wired, then finishes at the ice rink at Washington Harbour. Whether you’re collecting cupcakes to eat at home, or eating them along the way, this is a great afternoon activity for everyone.
- Georgetown Cupcake at 3301 M St NW, Washington, DC
- Sprinkles Cupcakes at 3015 M St NW, Washington, DC
- Baked and Wired at 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC
- Georgetown Cupcakes is open from 10 am–9 pm, and closed on Christmas Day
- Sprinkles Cupcakes is open from Monday–Saturday 9 am–9 pm, Sunday 10 am–8pm Closed on Christmas Day
- Baked and Wired is open from 7am–8pm Monday thru Thursday, 7am–9pm Friday, 8am–9pm Saturday, and 8am–8pm Sunday
What: The Point of View Bar at the W hotel in downtown is one of our favorite places to take adults in our family to enjoy a drink. P.O.V. bar is aptly named with sweeping views of the grand White House lawn and Washington Memorial. Regardless of political leanings, P.O.V. bar is the place to enjoy a martini with a presidential view.
Where: 515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
When: Open from 11am–Midnight, Monday–Sunday
What: Located at the newly developed City Center, Milk Bar is one of our favorite places to take the kids (and adults) for a treat. Named one of the most exciting bakeries in the country by Bon Appétit, Milk Bar sets itself apart by putting playful twists on the classics. Featuring cookies, pies, cake truffles, soft serve, and more, it is the perfect spot for your sweet tooth.
Where: 1090 i Street NW, Washington, DC
When: Monday–Thursday 8am–11pm, Friday 8am–Midnight, Saturday 9am–Midnight,
Sunday 9am–10pm, closed on Christmas Day
What: The John F. Kennedy Center For Performing Arts is a multi-faceted event space housing several stages, two restaurants, and a spectacular 360 degree view; there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. For your family’s theater fanatic, Wicked and Into The Woods are both running through the new year. You can impress your in-laws with a visit to the Roof Terrace Restaurant to enjoy some delicious food and hand crafted cocktails served with a view the overlooks both the cityscape and the Potomac River.
Where: 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC
When: Open Monday–Saturday, 10 am–9 pm and Sunday and Holidays, noon–9 pm
What: Advertised as, “The longest-running water ski Christmas show,” Waterskiing Santa puts a nautical twist on a classic holiday parade. The show began over 30 years ago as the result of a performer losing a bet, but has since become a holiday tradition. The event includes the classic cast of characters, including Santa’s elves, the Grinch, and, of course, Santa. Each classic character can be seen waterskiing, riding jet skis, or doing tricks along Alexandria’s historic Old Town Waterfront. The characters will also be around after the show for pictures.
Where: 0 Cameron St, Alexandria, Virginia and the show can be seen along the waterfront from Founders to Waterfront Park.
When: December 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm
What: The Renwick Gallery is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art. The current exhibit, Connections, highlights the redevelopment of the craft field through the work of contemporary artists and will encourage you to step up your craft game. The building itself also features a rich history and architecture. Originally the Renwick was designed to become the “American Louvre,” and it was the first building expressly designed to be an art museum.
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC
When: Open Daily 10a–5:30pm, closed on Christmas Day