Families // Best Kid Friendly Spring Break Ideas Near Washington DC // Fairfax Family Photographer

Need new ideas for what to do as a family this Spring Break?  We have compiled some of our very favorite ideas for you and your kids!  These are kid-approved but also fun for parents.

Spring Break with Kids

If you are staying at home here in Northern Virginia, D.C., or Maryland, make sure to take advantage of the Smithsonian Museums.  Have you seen the newly renovated East Wing of the National Gallery of Art?  It is fresh, bright, and beautiful and my cuties love the escalators and the huge, blue chicken sculpture.  After you enjoy the artwork, go enjoy some delicious baked goods at Buttercream Bakeshop!  My kids love picking out their own treats and they have quite a variety–some of them even have edible glitter!  My current favorite is the butterscotch flake.  Sounds like the perfect day to me (and some little people I know)!spring break dc family photographer

Break out your swimsuit.  Another activity that is fun, but that you may have yet to try, is swimming at your local rec center.  It can get crowded, so show up early and bring towels.  Text a couple of friends to meet you there!

Another way to get your friends involved is to throw what we call a “Pop Up Party”.  Pick a theme and text your girlfriends.  You all bring what you have to go along with the theme and your kids, and meet at someone’s house to party!  A couple of years ago, when we kept scoring snow days, we celebrated Chinese New Year, St Patrick’s Day, Pi Day, Mardi Gras–you name it.  During Spring Break this year, you could throw a Pop Up Easter Party!  Have you ever hunted Easter Eggs in the dark?  Everyone grabs flashlights, and it makes the hunt much more challenging (and hilarious)!  Just think how fun this would be for your older kids and their pals!  Create those memories, people!

Spring Break within Driving Distance

We are fortunate to live in close proximity to several amazing cities.  Throw some clothes and toothbrushes in a suitcase and hop in the car for a quick couple of nights away!  Here are two of my suggestions.  We would love to hear yours in the comments or on our Facebook page!

Philadephia, PA boasts several historical sites of major importance.  We have taken our young kids to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and they had a great time.  Retrace Benjamin Franklin’s steps in the city of brotherly love!

Along with those sites, I’d also recommend Yamitsuki for delicious Ramen and Jasmine tea.  Your kids will love the huge Ironman sculpture in the waiting area!  Have you tried rolled ice cream?  As entertaining to watch as it is delicious to eat–definitely add it to your list!  We tried Ice Land and loved it.

New York City, NY always wins in my book.  Our little family recently spent a weekend exploring Brooklyn.  We soaked up the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset on a warm day.  It was heaven.spring break airbnb

When you travel with kids, AirBNB can be a really great option.  Run your search with “kids” in your filter and you’ll find kid-friendly homes.  The one we rented in Bed-Stuy was beautiful and had a foosball table my children loved playing with together.  My ten-year-old son enjoyed walking down with dad to the bodega in the morning to buy breakfast for everyone.  Have you taken a spin on the Sea Glass Carousel at Battery Park?  Pure magic.  Brooklyn Farmacy serves delicious ice cream sundaes.  You can even pretend they’re “for your kids.”

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You don’t have to “spring” for airline tickets or “break” the bank–there are plenty of great options right here in the Northern Virginia/DC area, and many more within a few hours’ drive.  But wherever you spend your Spring Break, I hope you have a great time and make lots of memories!

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Studio Assistant for Authentic Portrait, Amy graduated with a degree in communication and concentration in journalism from George Mason University. She minored in photography and film and media studies, and she loves to shoot videos.
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