Best Cheap Activities to Do With Kids in Washington, D.C.

Everyone knows kids can be expensive. Between constantly buying new clothes, feeding their endless appetites and opening your wallet for family activities, your bank account is probably hurting. To give your wallet a break, consider engaging in one of the following inexpensive kid-friendly activities. Each one is fun for the whole family, without spending an arm and a leg.

The Discovery Theater
1100 Jefferson Drive S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 633-8700

The Discovery Theater is one of DC’s best attractions for kids. This summer, take your whole family for a visit. For only $5, kids can watch a fun and educational film. New shows coming up this summer are Trickster Tales with Barefoot Puppets and National Pride Dancers and Drummers. Tickets can be purchased online, and there is a discount if you go with a big group. Seating is general admission so come early to get a good spot.

The U.S. Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 225-8333

Visiting the botanical gardens is a great activity for the whole family. Adults will appreciate the gorgeous flowers, while kids can marvel at the cactus room and run through the gardens. A special feature for kids is the junior botanist adventure, which is free, as is entrance to this gorgeous and exciting venue in DC. Just be sure to come early so you don’t get stuck waiting in line.

Related: Best Summer Day Camps In The DC Area

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

You may not think of DC’s most beautiful theater as a venue that children can enjoy, but in fact the Kennedy Theater has many shows that can be appreciated by children and adults alike. This summer, buy tickets to see “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage.” This beautiful show is about a young boy who finds a magical travelling truck. It is appropriate for children over the age of five. Tickets are $15.

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