Exciting and Educational Kids Activities in Northern Virginia

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Northern Virginia is a fantastic place to raise a family. It’s chock full of fun things for kids to do that keep the adults interested too. There is an activity or establishment to amaze and delight every child, from toddlers to teens. 

The exceptional flora and fauna of Northern Virginia make it easy to please any kid who loves the great outdoors – hiking, biking, camping, and outdoor sports abound. There are also plenty of chances for educational outings, considering the many museums and historical hot spots. Laser tag, bowling, ziplining, trampolining, and water parks keep the adventuresome sort happy.

Whether it’s summer vacation, a winter excursion, or simply family time, there’s something in Northern Virginia to keep the kids entertained. Here are a few of the top fun and educational kids activities in Northern Virginia.

Great Falls National Park

Over 800 acres of forest along the Potomac River in McLean, VA, await adventurists of every age at Great Falls National Park. The self-guided waterfall tour is perfect for older kids and experienced hikers. 

A few lookout points don’t have barriers, so it isn’t ideal for toddlers on foot. Hiking along the Potomac, though, as it builds speed and force leading to the waterfall is a healthy activity that provides meaningful memories. 

Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods

Tucked into the forest of Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, VA, is a charming little theater aimed solely at children. It presents musicals, puppet shows, storytelling, dancing presentations, and more all summer long, and its performances are designed to be an absolute thrill for children ages 4 and older. 

There’s something to engage the whole family’s attention here as well. A walk through the surrounding park and a picnic after the show make the experience enjoyable for everyone. 

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

Breathtaking is one way to describe the massive exhibits at this museum in Chantilly, VA, with almost 200 aircraft on display to the public. Some of the most notable include:

  • An Air France Concorde
  • The last World War I-era Sopwith Camel (Snoopy’s dogfighting plane of choice)
  • The most extensive collections of Japanese and German World War II aircraft in the world 
  • Helicopters 
  • Commercial and private airplanes

The museum also includes the McDonnell Space Hangar. Visitors can marvel at the many space travel artifacts, including the Apollo 11 Mobile Quarantine Facility, Space Shuttle Discovery, satellites, space suits, rockets, and space toys. Children of all ages enjoy this destination, especially those with a fascination for aviation and space travel.

Cox Farms

Kids interested in animal health or farming are always excited to visit this family-friendly farm in Centreville, but anyone who loves farmers markets, fresh fruits and veggies, and seasonal festivities will enjoy this special place.

The Corner Market at Cox Farms provides seasonal goodies all year round. It’s fun to stop in after enjoying the farm to stock up on special items and find the perfect gift for loved ones back home. The Fall Festival and Fields of Fear are two popular attractions for locals and visitors alike in the autumn months.  

Virginia Safari Park

Virginia Safari Park is another fantastic destination for kids who love animals. Visitors can drive through the park in Natural Bridge, VA, to watch the animals from the safety of their vehicles. Another option is a village walk-through where visitors can explore animal habitats. Visit tigers, giraffes, penguins, Cheetahs, and an aviary. 

Animal encounters are a special perk of this park, where visitors can touch, interact, and feed animals such as sloths, penguins, anteaters, and rhinos. It’s a fun way to spend the day and learn something along the way.

Great Waves Water Park

Great Waves is so much more than a water park. There are plenty of water play opportunities, such as exhilarating speed slides, kiddie pools, a giant wave pool, and twisting cool water slides. There are also two restaurants, an action-packed, beach-themed playground, batting cages, mini-golf, and cabanas. One of the pools turns into an ice-skating rink in the winter months to keep the fun going all year long. 

Kids of all ages have fun in this all-inclusive play and water park in Alexandria. The cabanas give everyone a chance to sit back and relax whenever they need a break from the excitement.

Children’s Science Center Lab

This Fairfax museum is the only interactive science center in Northern Virginia. It provides endless science-based activities, exhibits, demonstrations, programs, and interactive labs for school-aged children. 

This museum hosts Family Fun Weekends, where the whole family can enjoy STEM and math-based projects that help foster creativity and critical thought. Families can have a blast visiting together at any time of the week to check out the experiments in the lab and learn how natural chemical compounds work every day in the world.

Escapology

Adolescents and teenagers are most equipped to understand and enjoy the activities at Escapology, an escape room in Fairfax. Visitors arrive in teams of two to eight to escape a space of their choosing. They study clues, solve puzzles, and pick locks to escape rooms with titles such as The Lost City, Arizona Shootout, Cuban Crisis, and Narco.

They offer a Kidmode for 7- to 11-year-olds to enjoy a milder experience. Kids are provided with a detective checklist to help them through the clues and puzzles that will set them free. It’s a fun activity that also builds teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Northern Virginia is loaded with kid-friendly, family-fun opportunities the whole family can enjoy, whether you live here or are just visiting. The best part is that it isn’t hard to find an exciting activity the kids will love while it also teaches them something. 

Community Information From a Local Real Estate Professional

Families can flourish with all the kids activities in Northern Virginia, and many find it’s a great place to settle down. Nomadic Real Estate can help with expert property management, renting and leasing, and sales service for homeowners and investors who have decided it’s where they want to be.

Our experienced team provides an all-in-one, no-hassle approach to home sales that will help you find the right place for your family. Contact our office today to discuss your real estate needs.

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