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5 Places to Pedal Boat (and See Some Cool Sights)

Whether your little one is mesmerized by monuments or turtle chasing, there’s a pedal boat ride just for them.

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12 Awesome (and Easy!) Summer Day Trips

Maximize the fun (while minimizing the headaches) with one of these day trips that are just a hop, skip, and jump from downtown D.C.

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Walk It Out: Kid-Friendly, Before Bed Strolls

Check out some of the best places to take your family for an early evening walk. Good luck getting them to want to walk back.

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7 Allergy-Friendly Cupcake Shops to Try Now

Craving a double chocolate cupcake (just because), but not sure where to go with a kid who needs a nut-free/gluten-free/vegan/sugar-free treat? Try these delicious bakeries for some alternatives.

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Shore Thing: Super Fun Beach Towns Near D.C.

Pack up your mini mermaids and mermen and head to one of these waterways (with family friendly boardwalks, shops, and restaurants nearby) for a there-and-back day trip.

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Under Cover: 6 Local Playgrounds With Tons of Shade

Keep cool at one of these playgrounds filled with protected jungle gyms, covered picnic tables, cool gazebos, and more shade trees than you could ever imagine. That sunburn doesn’t have a chance!

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Just Opened: A Big Maze That’s Big Fun

Opening for the summer in the west end of the National Building Museum’s main hall, the maze is an 18-foot high, 60 feet by 60 feet maple plywood labyrinth that will give kids a big thrill as they explore every nook and cranny.

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The Grill Deal: 7 Hot Dog Joints to Try This Summer

Hungry? From traditional beef dogs to vegetarian, seafood and dessert options, here are the hottest hot dog spots in the D.C. metro area.

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On the Right Track: Quick Trips for Kids Who Are Obsessed With Trains

Does your little one go gaga for choo-choos? Does Brio blanket his bedroom? Hop on one of these trains or trolleys for a life-sized experience.

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9 Things to Add to Your Summer Bucket List

Sifting through all of the things to do and see during warm weather months can be overwhelming. But don’t sweat it. We’ve consulted with the experts (our D.C. staffers) to find out what you should put on the top of your summer bucket list.

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Water, Water Everywhere: 11 Incredible Spraygrounds

From toddlers to teens, these area spraygrounds keep kids entertained for hours (especially if you “sprayground hop”). All you’ll need is a towel. Ok, and maybe some sunscreen.

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From Blues to Bee-Bop: D.C.’s Kid-Friendly Jazz Concerts

Between the vacations, the visits from grandparents, overnight camp, birthday parties, and weekend barbecues, summer—in all of its warm weather glory—can be downright hectic. Unwind with the whole family at one of these free summer jazz concerts.

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9 Outdoor Party Places for Kids with Summer Birthdays

These awesome outdoor birthday spots will put the thrill back into your kid’s birthday celebration, and not just the younger guests. Some of these venues promise to put a capital F in Fun for parents too!

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Local Shake Shacks You’ll Want to Visit More Than Once

Keep cool with these tasty, kid-friendly cups of uber thick, handspun goodness that will have everyone saying “more please.”

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Gone Glamping! Fun Cabin Sites for Camping Newbies

Check out the coolest cabin campsites that are under a two hour drive from downtown D.C., so if it does happen to rain on your s’mores parade, you’re only a short drive back home. Happy camping!

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