Summer Family Fun in DC, VA & MD

Summer Activities Washington DC Virginia Maryland

Below are all of my Summer Family Fun blog posts in one place to help you beat the heat organized by:

  1. Northern Virginia
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Maryland

summer fun

Northern Virginia Summer Family Fun

splash pads Northern Virginia

We live in a great area for Splash Pad Parks near me in Northern Virginia! I put all 31 splash pads that I could find in 2023 across 5 counties below along with links for other areas in the DMV and my favorite splash pad gear and a map.

indoor play fun

There are so many wonderful indoor and soft play near me in northern Virginia! I’ve included 45 great options from soft play areas, trampoline parks, nature centers, and museums for every age!

beaches near dc

7 of 9 of these beaches near DC are in Virginia so including it here!

DC Beat the Heat Summer Ideas

dc splash summer fun

As a parent in the swampy heat of Washington DC, I cannot recommend taking your kids to a DC splash pad enough! My kids (ages 10 and 7 now) have loved splash pads since they were toddlers. Splash pads are a refreshing oasis of water-filled fun, with fountains and sprinklers providing endless entertainment.

Survival Tips for Visiting Smithsonians with Kids in the Summer


Survival Tips for Visiting Smithsonians with Kids in the Summer

museum dc summer

There are so many wonderful museums for kids in DC that I knew we needed them all in one place! After 12 years living in the area, below are details on my top 20 museums for kids, and 17 of them are FREE.

Maryland Beat the Heat Summer Ideas

Germantown splash

Splash pads are so fun in the summer and I have 13 splash pads in Maryland to share with you in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. 3 are free below! Courtesy of Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC

Chesapeake beaches maryland

Most of these beaches are in Maryland (but a couple in VA!) so I put it here.

Maryland playground

After living in the DC area for 11 years, my kids and I agree that the best playgrounds in Maryland are the "destination playgrounds" in Montgomery and Prince George's County. Updated for 2022. There are so many unique themes from Wizard of Oz, Maryland Crab Ship and the Epic Slides! Below are 12 of the best ones near DC organized by Montgomery County (7) and Prince George's County (3). Each playground includes info on 🚻 Bathrooms, 🅿️ Parking, 😷 Social Distancing and ❤ Unique Features.