Let’s be honest — a lot of us out there are parents and as a result, we often find ourselves in that age old predicament of never having enough time to relax and let go.

Instead, what we tend to do is work, work, work, work, work until we’re practically on the lapse of a mental breakdown at which point we say to ourselves:

“Hey — let’s throw the kids at grandma and have a night out.”

Well just so you know — this weekend hitlist is made just for you.

So take a look at my top kid-friendly weekend events in the District that both you and the kids can enjoy.

DC Auto Show

Who: Drive Society

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

When: This weekend

Car enthusiasts unite! Drive City’s presenting the Washington Auto Show this weekend and it’s going to be SICKKKK. The event Features over 600 “exotic, luxury, concept and showroom cars” from more than 35 domestic and import manufacturers. So you’re going to want to bring your camera.

Even better  is the fact that you can take the kids along because it also has a family fun zone complete with entertainment and mascots.  

So indulge yourself in some  Ride ‘N Drives,  live music and awesome art while you also get a sneak peek at the future of driving with various “connected cars in automated technologies”.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12 years old.

DC Restaurant Week


Where: All over the District

When: This weekend

So this is the last weekend of Winter Restaurant Week in the District and you can rest assured that the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is once again filled with all kinds of amazing deliciousness at bite-sized prices. If you’re a District foodie then Restaurant Week is pretty much like your Christmas all over again.

So — now might be the perfect time to start that blog/vlog you’ve always been wanting to do on food, yes?  I mean, seriously — the RAMW website even has an entire section of content on their main page dedicated to awesome Instagram photos people have taken in the area.

If you’ll recall for a moment, we were kind of definitely named the coolest city in America — not to toot our horn but #toot #toot.

Bon Appetit’s 2016 Restaurant City of the Year and Zagat’s Hottest Food City of 2016 is no easy feat my friends.

Even better is the fact that RAMW totally partners with Parking Panda, so residents have the option to purchase parking passes for various locations in the District and reserve them for your awesome night out.  

Once your spot is purchased your parking is 100% guaranteed even if the lot fills up. All you have to do is submit your confirmation email to the location and you’re good to go. How awesome is that?

You can find out more information on the various restaurants participating  on the RAMW website.

The 7th Annual McLean Chocolate Festival

Who: Washington DC History and Culture

Where: McLean High School

When: Sunday 11AM-5PM

Okay, so if you’re anyone with a hint of a pulse then you understand that you pretty much can’t go wrong with chocolate.

That is unless you just so happen to be one of those few poor souls who are allergic to this delicious delight. #GodBless

I mean, don’t even try to act like your inner child isn’t frantically screaming with joy at the thought of being able to taste all of the heavenly goodness this awesome event has to offer.

Typically the event is held at the McLean Community Center, but since it’s currently undergoing renovations, they’ve had to push it over to the local high school.

This is one of those awesome events that the whole family can really enjoy, especially since they’ll have a children’s game room open throughout the day.

So if you’re interested in checking it out, head on over to their website to purchase tickets.

Oh — and did we mention admission is $2.00? #winning.

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Kids Event at the NMAI


Where: Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

When: Saturday 1:30PM – 3:30PM

So, I’m not sure about you but ever since I was a kid I’ve always had this insane obsession with Native American culture and arts.

Needless to say I thought his event sounded pretty awesome. The event is hosted by NABA-DC (the Native American Bar Association of DC), a community committed to promote the “educational and professional advancement of Native Americans”.

This group visit, which has been reserved courtesy of NABA gives visitors access to the imagiNATIONS Activity Center from 1:30PM to 2:00PM as well.

“Winter Blast: A Family Weekend of Native Games” is held in the main area of the museum from 10:00Am to 5:30PM as well.

Kids can participate in string games and various art projects and you can get a chance to check out the newest exhibit “Americans”, which highilghts the ways in which American Indians have been a part of our nation’s identity since before we were even founded.

Interested families can register to check out the activities here.

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Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek

Who: Discover the Dinosaurs

Where: DC Armory

When: Saturday & Sunday, 9AM

Okay, now I’m not completely sure if you’ve ever been to one of these touring events but it’s kind of absolutely insane.

This is a “roaring, stomping, roam-through experience” like no other folks complete with hands-on exhibits absolutely perfect for the little ones who want to smear their fingerprints all over everything all the time.

It’s okay, I can say that — I have a child.

You literally get the chance to cuddle with a baby dino, test your prehistoric knowledge with a live-action family game show and get up close and personal with a roving dino skeleton.

General admission tickets are available for adults and children 13 and over at $20.00 a piece, with kids under 12 getting in for free and various upgraded ticket options available for those looking to get a little more bang for their buck.

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