Posted May 17, 2019
A winery or brewery may not be the first place to cross your mind when planning a family activity or day trip. Yet, the Washington, D.C. area has a variety of exciting and unique breweries and wineries that warmly welcome kids and families. Many offer plenty of open space for your child to run freely, a lawn for picnics, amazing scenery and are pet-friendly. Some even offer on-site eateries and food trucks. Your child will love having a new adventure and you won't be able to resist the amazing blends brewing right around the corner.
So grab the diaper bag, your stroller, maybe a few action figures or dolls, and get ready for an enjoyable day together! Check out our list below of all the exciting family-friendly events and fun to be had at a Washington, D.C.-area brewery or winery near you.
Quattro Goombas in Aldie, Virginia
If you are having trouble deciding between wine or beer, visit Quattro Goombas, a winery and brewery in Northern Virginia's Loudoun County. Quattro Goombas has everything from frozen sangria, craft beer, and wine, to house-made pizza and big city sandwiches. They are family-friendly and have stroller parking as well as a large lawn where pickup games regularly occur. You're welcome to bring a blanket or tent and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. Live music is offered every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Brewery.
The Urban Winery in Silver Spring, Maryland
The Urban Winery's mission is to create lasting memories and shared stories around their wine. They offer a full menu with several Greek-inspired dishes, non-alcoholic drinks like grape juice, lemonade or apple juice for the kids and some delicious desserts to compliment the wine taster's meal or a young one's sweet tooth. Check out their exciting events HERE, and be sure to swing by on a weekend to catch live music. Who said dinner and a show couldn't include a glass of wine?
Sunday Funday petting zoo at Keswick Vineyards Photo Courtesy of Keswick Vineyards
Keswick Vineyards in Keswick, Virginia
Vineyard meets fairground at Keswick Vineyards! Keswick offers a monthly family fun day, aka Funday Sunday, with snow cone trucks, kettle corn, a petting zoo, face painting, and balloons (May 19th, June 23rd, July 28th, and August 18th). Every other day of the week, during regular hours, you can find a covered porch with outdoor seating and crayons and coloring books available to keep the kids entertained. Bring the family dog along to enjoy the off-leash dog park while you enjoy some wine and the view.
Kid-friendly games at the outdoor patio at Barrel Oak Winery Photo Courtesy of Barrel Oak Winery
Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Virginia
If you ever need a home away from home, Barrel Oak's patio is always open. Barrel Oak is one of the top-rated Washington, D.C.-area wineries and they welcome kids, pets, parents, and grandparents. The winery often hosts live entertainment; past acts have included troubadours, frisbee dogs, folk singers, and magicians. Upcoming events include Dog Days of Summer, Endless Summer Weekend Bash, and Stomp and Chomp Harvest Party. For a true winery experience, grownups (and kids) can become apprentice winemakers by stomping on grapes Lucy-style in a giant vat. End the day with wine tasting and then head out to their back patio for a bring-your-own potluck dinner and picnic while the kids explore the lawn toys and games. Barrel Oak has everything from hula hoops, wiffle bats, nerf balls and corn hole to complimentary juice boxes for kids and milk bones for the dogs.
Photo Courtesy of Stone Tower Winery
Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia
Enjoy a wine tasting in a barn at Stone Tower Winery! The Harvest Barn tasting room is family-friendly offering two stories for families to spread out and sit comfortably. They also have a spacious terrace and rolling hills in the front lawn, perfect for picnics and yard games. Stone Tower offers kid packs and kid-oriented decor, and hosts a variety of family fun events throughout the year. Check their calendar HERE.
Photo by Lisa Damico
The Winery at Bull Run in Centreville, Virginia
At Bull Run, you will experience a blast from the past with its historic 21-acre farm and close proximity to Manassas Battlefield Park and other historical sites. While the tasting room is open to everyone, the backyard and adjacent patio are designated for families. Kids ages 12 and up can join their parents on a winery tour that combines wine tasting (ages 21+ only) with a walking tour highlighting the history of the estate. Check out the event calendar that often highlights family-friendly events.
The sandbox at Bardo Photo Courtesy of Bardo
Bardo on Potomac Ave SE in Washington, D.C.
On sunny days or cool summer evenings, pack up the family and head over to Bardo. They offer a ton of outdoor space including 750 seats, a designated dog spot, and a kid-friendly area. There's plenty of space for strollers, too. With a cold one in hand, take your kids to the sandbox or teach them to play cornhole and ring toss games. Weekends at Bardo mean BBQ food trucks, so bring your appetite. Located right next to Nats Stadium in Navy Yard, Bardo is the perfect spot for a celebratory beer after the game. Save up to 47% on select Washington Nationals tickets. But Hurry! This deal ends May 24th!
Photo by Sandi Moynihan
Hellbender Brewing Company on 2nd Street NE in Washington, D.C.
When you walk into Hellbender Brewing Company, you'll notice the cold display behind the bar is stocked and ready with cold ones for you and juice boxes for the kids. Hellbender strives to be a family-friendly brewery and provides children's games at the game station, hosts local neighborhood parent events (meaning a brewery full of babies), and has a changing table available in the restroom. Don't miss out on their food truck nights every Thursday-Sunday with a great selection of food. You will even want to mark Hellbender down on your calendar for their special holiday events including FREE pictures with Santa Claus and the Easter bunny!
Ono Brewing Company in Chantilly, Virginia
If you need a tropical getaway but are short on time, head to Ono Brewing Company. Family-owned and operated, Ono is decorated with tropical-styled patterns and fans and creates a chilled-out vibe where there are no schedules to think about and your worries are left at the door. Find a spot on their outdoor patio and enjoy a family game night with their extensive selection of board games. Be sure to check out the self-serve beer wall, perfect for trying all the amazing brews on your own time.
Mustang Sally Brewing Company in Chantilly, Virginia
An arcade in a brewery might sound uncommon, but not at Mustang Sally Brewing Company. Their arcade games and yard games like cornhole, make it a great spot for active kids! They also have a pop-up Venezuelan food vendor, Chamos, available when the tasting room is open. Make time for a fun family lunch or dinner at Mustang Sally!
New District Brewing in Arlington, Virginia
For a brewery experience that offers live music, morning yoga classes, artistic receptions, stone carving night and other fun events, stop by New District Brewing. Every Wednesday, there are brewery tours led by the head brewer where you are free to ask questions and learn about the science of brewing. So, essentially, your brewing experience can count as an educational trip for the kids, too! Click HERE to access their full event schedule.
Photo Courtesy of Dirt Farm Brewing
Dirt Farm Brewing in Bluemont, Virginia
After a day of family fun at Great Country Farms head across the street to Dirt Farm Brewing for some adult downtime while the kids wander and explore. Be sure to ask your bartender for a copy of their Kids Scavenger Hunt, a self-guided tour available daily! Stay for dinner and choose between their house-made flatbreads while eating on their back patio overlooking the Loudoun Valley. A day at the farm has never been more fun. Click HERE to check out their upcoming family-friendly events! Save $5 off admission to Great Country Farms with this deal!
Vanish Farmwoods Brewery in Leesburg, Virginia
Did you ever wish playgrounds came with a keg or a glass of wine? Wish no more! Vanish Brewery in Leesburg is a family-focused brewery that offers a playground for the kids and a variety of exciting drinks like craft beer, wine, cider, slushies and sangria for parents. This brewery is located on a farm, which means a ton of room for the kids to explore and an excellent view of the sunset that grownups can enjoy with glass in hand. Bring the whole family, and your pooch on a leash, and enjoy the pavilion, field area, and tap room.
Do you know of any other wineries or breweries in the Washington, D.C. area that are great for kids and families? Comment below and let us know!
For more family fun in D.C. this summer check out, The Best Places for Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies in Washington, D.C. This Summer.
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