The heat is on! But instead of schlepping your crew to an air-conditioned mall (AGAIN), hit up a strategically shaded playground instead. You’ll save a ton of money, and the kids can run off all of their energy (sans a sunburn). Courtesy of an abundance of shade trees, oversize umbrellas and covered play structures, keeping your cool really is a walk in the park at these play places.

Rose Park

This quaint Georgetown park features all of the makings of a perfect outdoor space—bike and walking trails, a baseball diamond, tennis courts, a basketball court, and a playground (with some of the shadiest benches in the district!). Bonus: Let Junior snag some peaches or cheeries on Wednesdays (3 pm-6 pm) at the Georgetown Farmer’s Market inside the park.

26th and O Sts., NW (Georgetown)



Is there a playground that you and your kids retreat to when temps soar and shade is a prerequisite for play? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photos courtesy of Ayren Jackson-Cannady, Kona Gallagher via Creative Commons, Carla via Creative Commons, Sokha A. via Yelp, Brit van laeken via Flickr, Tim Evanson via Flickr