Sometimes the greatest escape from the hustle and bustle of the city isn’t an escape at all. An Airbnb staycation is a perfect alternative to all of that flight booking, guidebook reading, and restaurant scouring. Make your next family vacay R&R-ready by booking at one of these local abodes with kid friendly perks (think: dress up closets, projector screens and fun green spaces).

Design Elements
Designed by an award-winning architect, this townhome situated at 14th and U Sts. boasts some one-of-kind indoor and outdoor details that you just can’t get from a hotel. In addition to two highchairs, stepping stools, night lights, kid tables and chairs, crafts cabinet, and outdoor toys, the back patio area features a Weber grill, and a vegetable garden with herbs, a variety of vegetables depending on the season, and gardening tools for kids. Bikes are also provided upon request (two adult bikes and three children bikes, with locks, helmets, pump, scooter.

From a guest: “This house is magnificent both inside and out. My whole family stayed here for a weekend, and everyone from Grandpop to my one year-old niece was comfortable and happy.”
Sleeps: 6

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/519159


Yard for Days 
Even though this Arlington home is full of wide open spaces (exhibit A: the sprawling basement playroom), it manages to give off major cozy vibes. Just a hop, skip and jump from Westover Library, spontaneous story times are the standard. If your brood is in a bouncy, ball tossing kind of mood there’s plenty of yard plus three public parks nearby.

From a guest: “It had tons of space, a playroom for the kids, is close to restaurants, and a 10-15 minute drive to downtown D.C.”
Sleeps: 8

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/16879191


The Whole Kid and Caboodle
This house was literally designed with kids in mind. Equipped with cribs, play kitchens, and tons of books, you’ll only need to bring your bambino’s change of clothes (leave the hefty toy bag at home). Located in Brightwood, you’re two blocks from Rock Creek Park and just minutes from Silver Spring, gateways to family fun activities. Bonus: The master suite boasts a king-size memory foam bed, so you can sleep-in or co-sleep comfortably.

Sleeps: 9

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/23558219

Cute as a Button
his adorable home is located in Capitol Hill, just minutes from H Street (date night!) and Eastern Market (weekend stroll!). The light and airy vibes are perfect for your fams rest and relaxation but you’re still close enough to see any of the museums and monuments. With a play space, projector and dress-up costumes on site this will provide your kids with hours of fun while you relax on the patio with a bevy.

From a guest: “Terrific host and beautiful home. The kids loved the projector and the outdoor space and are already asking about going back!”
Sleeps: 6

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/8149062

Garden Party
The garden of this home will entice you to spend the majority of your time outdoors (we’re envisioning kids chasing butterflies and making some major grass angels). Not to mention, this home is located in Arlington,  right next to a historic park. FYI: Let the host know, before you go if you need a crib, toddler bed, or kid’s table, all of which she’ll set up before your stay.

From a guest: ” After very busy days, being able to come “home” to a quiet, spacious and relaxing retreat was perfect for our family.”
Sleeps: 6

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/6314741

Fun Land
This 100+ year old historic row house located in D.C.’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood is perfectly situated to fun spots for the entire family, including Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo that are next-door neighbors, and the White House and National Mall that are two miles away. After exploring the city, let the kids hang in the playroom with toys, books, Wii games or splash in the ball pit (yes! there’s a ball pit!).

From a guest: “The attic room is a kid’s haven. We had to drag them out everyday. They enjoyed the ball pit, puppets, Legos, drum set, Wii game console, and a myriad of other toys.”
Sleeps: 8

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/1761677


Insta-Ready
This cool home located in NE only minutes from where the Beatles played their first US Show. Not to mention, you’re steps away from a gem—Union Market! With a projector screen (Family Movie Night anyone?), a camo-colored staircase, custom bunk beds, and booth seating, we dare you to not go selfie-crazy with your brood.

From a guest: “There was plenty of room and everyone slept very comfortably on the memory foam mattresses. The queen-sized bunk beds were a hit with my kids!”
Sleeps: 6

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/16131259

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—Miller Jackson