A Map of Kid-Friendly Places in the Washington Region

A Changing Climate Means A Changing Society. The Island Press Urban Resilience Project, Supported By The Kresge Foundation And The JPB Foundation, Is Committed To A Greener, Fairer Future.​ This Article Was Originally Published October 30, 2018 On Greater Greater Washington as part of the Urbanist Journalism Fellowship.

Sometimes local parents find themselves restricted to just a few neighborhood haunts or playgrounds to take their children, but across the Washington region, there are dozens of kid-friendly places to visit. They're also good places for people without children to host family-friendly events for those who do. With the help of fellow GGWash contributors, I created a map of neighborhood destinations, parks, food halls, and town centers where families can stretch their legs, eat, shop, and explore.

In DC, outdoor options range from small gathering places such as the Columbia Heights Civic Circle, Logan Circle, and Lamont Plaza to larger mix-used developments like The Wharf and CityCenter DC. When winter weather hits, cozy up inside of Union Station or Union Market.

The Maryland and Virginia suburbs have great waterfront destinations like the Old Town waterfront in Alexandria, Virginia and National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland. The ‘burbs also have several town centers and shopping malls, plus urban-like locations such as Downtown Silver Spring, which boasts two movie theaters, a civic center, and a pop-up workspace with public wifi.

Whether you’re having a family fun day or looking for a space to work remotely or meet a colleague with kid in tow, these are your best bets.

Scroll to zoom out and see more of the map. Click on the markers for more information about each place.

Readers: What other places are good for people with children?

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