10 Jul Things To Do In Washington, DC With Toddlers
Since I was younger, holidays would always get me really excited! Back in the Philippines, it seemed as if we have long weekends every single month! How I miss those! My friends and I would always plan to go somewhere each holiday. Before being a mom, my husband and I would choose to just stay at home and relax to enjoy the holidays; and most of the time, I’d be online shopping because of all the great deals! After giving birth to my kids, I guess my adventurous side got awakened; or maybe it gave me the perfect excuse to force my husband outside our house (he loves to stay at home). I found myself planning family trips for every holiday and for every occasion. Last 4th of July weekend, our family visited Washington, DC to enjoy the long weekend. If you have toddlers like I do, this post is perfect for you. Today, I will be sharing what you can do in Washington, DC with your kids.
About Washington, DC
We live less than an hour away from Washington, DC so we thought it’s a perfect destination for the 4th of July weekend; because it’s just going to be a quick drive. If you’re traveling with kids, especially toddlers, it’s important to consider how much the travel time is going to be. Shorter trips are absolutely preferable. Check out these tips on what you can do make your trip as smooth as possible.
Monuments and memorials, eclectic neighborhoods, true local flavor – Washington, DC is a place unlike any other. It’s your home away from home with free museums and America’s front yard. Since we didn’t want to spend a lot during our 4th of July trip, we figured we should take advantage of all the things that you could do in Washington, DC for free. You can read more about it here.
Where We Stayed
About Kimpton George Hotel
We stayed in at a boutique hotel in Capitol Hill, Kimpton George Hotel. Situated along a power corridor where many of DC’s VIPs spend their days, Kimpton George Hotel, is a block from Union Station and two blocks from the north lawn of the Capitol. You can read more about them here.
Kimpton George Hotel prioritizes the wellness, along with the comfort and relaxation, of their guests. Each room is provided with a yoga mat, and an infused water is served in the living room. They also have a fitness center where kids can enjoy hula hoops; and an in-room spa is offered as well. A wine hour is also hosted every night. You can read more about their amenities here.
I love the modern design Kimpton George Hotel exudes – from the lobby to the gallery, and especially the room. And I adore how they made sure everything ties in nicely from the decorations and furniture down to the smallest details like the framed artworks in our room and bathroom, as well as the throw pillows on our bed.
About Our Room
Kimpton George Hotel have different guest rooms and suites for everyone. Among them are Deluxe Queen, Executive King, and Presidential Suite. They also have accessible accommodations. You can read more about their rooms and suites here.
We stayed in a Deluxe Queen Queen with Sleeper Sofa. It features 2 queen beds with refreshingly crisp sheets on luxurious pillow-top beds, large work desk, separate seating area with sleeper sofa, spacious marble bath, and luxury bath amenities.
Our room was cozy and inviting, and spacious enough so the kids have an area to play and run around in. There is also a built-in shelf for liquid soap, shampoo, and conditioner dispensers in the shower which I thought was really neat. We liked the fact that there’s a separate seating area where we spent the night watching TV while the kids are in bed.
Our favorite part was how relaxing the beds were. I couldn’t believe it but the kids slept in until 7 AM during our entire stay (they usually wake up at 5-6 AM)! It was AMAZING because my husband and I were able to sleep in too!!! And if you’re a parent to a toddler, you’d know how those days are very rare! I was obsessed with their zebra-printed and leopard-printed robes too! Who says you can’t be stylish while being comfortable? It gave me the comfort I needed after a warm shower while reading a book to the kids after a long day of touristing.
Why we loved Kimpton George Hotel – There are lots of things why we loved staying at Kimpton George Hotel. First, there were treats waiting for everyone in our room when we arrived. And when I say treats for everyone, I meant wine for Mommy, goldfish and juice pouches for the kids, and fruits, chips, and cookies for everyone. It was such a sweet gesture that we truly appreciated.
Second, when the fridge in our room won’t work, they sent an engineer with an extra fridge up our room and had us use the new fridge when he couldn’t get the other fridge to work. Having a working fridge is a must for us because I always pack my kids milk and fruits whenever we travel; and I really appreciated that gesture.
Third, when I told them our room smelled like someone smoked in there, even though they told me all their rooms are non-smoking, they switched us to a new room without any issues. And they even called us after we’re all settled to ask if everything is according to what we like. Their customer service was AMAZING!!! They went above and beyond to make sure we were all comfortable, relaxed, and that we were enjoying our stay.
And lastly, it’s location. It is pretty close to everything we wanted to visit. We only had to take 5-minute taxi and uber rides to get to where we wanted to go. Anyone traveling with kids, especially toddlers, will find that precious!
If you want to find out more about Kimpton George Hotel or book a room, call (202) 347-4200 or check out their website. When you book your room, tell them One Awesome Momma sent you.
Where We Dined
During our trip to Washington, DC, where we dined was absolutely dependent on where we were. Doing touristy stuff with kids means that I had to find a place where we could eat as close as possible to where we were. I couldn’t risk traveling another 10-15 minutes just to get something to eat especially if it’s right around our meal time.
On our first night, we had dinner at Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken. It was a 15-minute walk from our hotel which we happily took since the kids were still a bit full because they enjoyed the treats that were waiting for us when we arrived at the hotel. They have tons of options like Salads, Wraps, Sandwiches, and Platters. You can even customize how spicy you want your chicken to be. We opted to have the non-spicy Chicken (for the kids), fries, and corn. Our meal was amazing and the kids seemed to love it too!
For breakfast on our second day, we dined at Bistro Bis. They open at 7 AM and located at the hotel lobby which was perfect. They have a great selection of pastries and cereals, along with their specialties. We had Toasted Bagel with Smoked Salmon, French Toast with a side of Egg, and Belgium Style Waffle. Everything was really good and it kept us (my husband and I, of course the kids had to have snacks in between) full for a good 4 hours.
For lunch, we just decided to go to the nearest McDonald’s because it’s almost the kids’ nap time. We had to make sure they still get to take their nap because the afternoon is going to be eventful for them. We headed straight to the hotel after lunch and let them take their nap.
For dinner, we decided to try one of the food trucks, Downtown Chicken, outside the museum we were at. We had fried chicken, mac & cheese, fries, and green beans. The food, especially the chicken, was delectable! We loved every bit of it.
For breakfast on our last day, we decided to dine at the Corner Bakery Cafe near our hotel. Their breakfast selection was really good; they have everything from yogurts, cereals, pastries, sandwiches, and freshly-cooked meals. We had the Commuter Croissant, and Buttermilk Pancakes & Eggs with Bacon; which were really good.
And for lunch, we went to Purple Patch, an American Filipino restaurant. I’ve always wanted to try this restaurant for a while but haven’t had the chance to until our recent trip. Their brunch menu was filled with Filipino dishes with an American twist like Waffle with Ube Ice Cream (and Filipino Fried Chicken) or Chocolate Champurrado (with Sea Salt Toasted Caramel Coconut Chips). We had Sisig, Fried Pork (with Sautéed Onion, Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Chile & Fried Egg, served with Jasmine Rice), Tosilog – Cured Pork (with Garlic Fried Rice, Fried Egg, Tomatoes & Scallions), Lechon Kawali, and Chicken Adobo Hash (with Potatoes & Onions served with Garlic Fried Rice). Everything was amazing! For a while, it brought me back home!
Why we loved Washington, DC – Washington, DC has something for everyone’s palate and budget. From food trucks to upscale restaurants, you’ll surely find something that you’ll truly enjoy. For a complete list of dining options in Washington, DC, go here.
What We Did During Our Trip
Since most museums open at 10 AM, which is close to our kids nap time, we decided to just relax and hang out at the Washington Monument on our first morning in Washington, DC. It was a really great way to prepare us from all the walking that we’ve yet to do later that day and the next day. I like to call it the “calm before the storm”.
Since it’s an open field, we chose an area near the trees where we have a little bit of a shade so we’re not directly under the sun. It was a perfect time to just do nothing and bond as a family. The kids had a wonderful time running around and chasing the birds and squirrels, and sitting on our picnic blanket while enjoying their snacks.
Tip: Bring tons and tons of snacks with you since there’s not a lot of places nearby to get food from. And if you have a potty-trained toddler, make sure you know where the nearest bathrooms are. The portable toilets were locked when we visited and we had to do a 5-minute run to get to the nearest bathroom while hoping and praying that my daughter can still hold it in.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The kids enjoyed our visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. We were greeted by the Natural History’s iconic elephant as soon as we got pass the security check; and the kids were in awe. There, they also got to see fossils of various animals like snakes and giraffe, including a couple of dinosaurs – the T-Rex and Triceratops. They also saw some insects and fishes, like “Nemo” and “Dory”. There were plenty of other exhibits inside the museum but we decided to skip them because we didn’t think the kids would appreciate them yet. Check out the other Exhibits that you’d get to see inside the National Museum of Natural History here.
Tip: The line to get inside the museum can get really long especially on weekends and holidays, but it moves pretty fast. Make sure to bring snacks with you so your little one won’t get fussy while you wait for your turn to get inside.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
According to our kids, the National Zoo was the highlight of our trip. My kids have always been fascinated with animals which is why I’m not surprised. At the zoo, they got to see a bunch of animals like pandas, zebra, cheetah, and bison. They had fun watching the pandas eating bamboo. Check out the different animals you’ll get to see at the National Zoo here.
Of course, the visit to the National Zoo won’t be complete without a toy panda for each of them. They call their pandas “Bao Bao” – the name of the panda that we saw when we visited the Zoo last year.
Tip: I absolutely recommend bringing a stroller or renting one when you visit the National Zoo, especially during the summer. We decided not to bring our stroller because we thought the kids would probably just keep on running around wherever we go. That was a HUGE mistake! My kids wanted to be carried and it was so hard for us to walk around under the heat of the sun carrying them.
Why we loved Washington, DC – Since our time was limited and we only got to do a few activities during our 3-day-2-night trip to Washington, DC, this city offers A LOT of activities for everyone, including toddlers and kids. From United States Botanic Garden to the National Building Museum, families with young kids will surely find something to enjoy during their trip. For a complete list of things to do in Washington, DC, go here.
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Kimpton George Hotel provided us a complimentary room during our stay. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.
What did you think of this post? Have you been to Washington, DC with your kids?Where did you stay? How was your experience? What did you do? What were your favorite activities? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.