Family Friendly


Fun for the Whole Family

Moving to Washington, D.C. with a family? Northern Virginia is your spot for family-friendly activities that will keep you as entertained as the children.

Indoor and outdoor waterparks, a children’s theatre tucked in a national park, go-kart racing, an interactive STEM museum and zipline course are just a few activities for the family to enjoy in Northern Virginia. Families will also find activities across Northern Virginia’s historical attractions, art scene and outdoor recreation.

And don’t forget about man’s best friend. Dogs are part of the family and Northern Virginia communities like Alexandria have everything from doggy boutiques to yappy hours.

Zebras and Lemurs and Roos, Oh My

See fan favorites like giraffes and cheetahs and experience an open air safari bus tour at the 30-acre Roer’s Zoofari in Fairfax County. Swim, splash and slide the day away at waterparks across Northern Virginia, including Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, Atlantis Waterpark, Pirate’s Cove and the indoor Cub Run RECenter in Fairfax County, Great Waves in Alexandria, Volcano Island and AV Symington Aquatic Center in Loudoun County, Ocean Dunes Waterpark in Arlington, Splash Down Water Park in Manassas and Water Works in Prince William County.

Exercise the Mind and Body

Stimulate your kids’ minds and burn off their energy in Northern Virginia. Appropriately named for its location in the woods of Wolf Trap National Park, the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods features music and dance performances, puppetry and storytelling for children ages 4 and up. Children, families and school groups explore STEM concepts through hands-on exhibits, activities and programs at the Children’s Science Center Lab, Northern Virginia’s first interactive museum. After exercising the mind, take on 70 unique and exciting obstacles including a 320-foot zipline and Tarzan swings at Go Ape in Fairfax County. Several trampoline parks, laser tag adventures and bowling alleys are also scattered across Northern Virginia.

Adventure Awaits

Find out if a lead foot runs in the family as you race the kids in high-speed indoor go-karting at Autobahn’s Manassas and Loudoun County locations. For a slower pace but equally fun time, putt your way through Monster Mini Golf in Fairfax County, where glow-in-the-dark miniature golf courses keep the Halloween spirit going year-round.