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The Best Things to See and Do With Kids in Washington, D.C. This July

Things to Do DC/MD/VA
Photo Courtesy of National Independence Day Parade Photo Courtesy of National Independence Day Parade

Get your sparklers, s'mores and lawn chairs ready for some exciting family-friendly events in Washington, D.C. this July! 

While summer vacation and barbecue season is in full swing, the Nation's Capital has loads of kid-friendly happenings to keep you active and entertained. Enjoy interactive exhibits, a pop-up market, flower festivals and so much more!

Mark your calendar now so you don't miss out on these fun summertime events.

ART TECH Exhibition: Infinite Space at ARTECHOUSE in Washington, D.C.
Open your mind to endless possibilities at ARTECHOUSE's latest exhibit, Infinite Space by Refik Anadol. The exhibit combines man and machine by weaving together human memories, photographs of Mars, cultural archives and sea surface activity as digital sculptures and paintings. Explore the immersive installation "Infinity Room," seen by more than a million people worldwide. The exhibit opened June 13th and is available any day in July, visiting hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., for ages 6 and up. Save up to 20% on an individual exhibit ticket with this CertifiKID deal.

Newseum Summer Fun Deal 2019
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Summer Fun Deal at Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Visit the Newseum and explore their interactive exhibits, 15 theaters, and 15 galleries. Check out their latest exhibits, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement about the modern gay rights movement and Seriously Funny: From the Desk of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.’ July 1st through Labor Day, up to four kids, ages 18 and younger, visit for FREE with each paid adult or senior admission, or Newseum Membership. In addition, you can save your admission ticket and return the next day free! Click HERE to learn more about the summer deal.

4th of July National Independence Day Parade
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Attend a 4th of July Family-Friendly Celebration
The 4th of July is America's Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Celebrate America's freedom from Britain, and the joys of being part of a country that stands united and free. Check out our article on Unique Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July With Kids in Washington, D.C. for family-friendly events near you.

DowntownDC Live Concert Series at Franklin Park in Washington, D.C. - FREE
Enjoy live performances from local and international pop, soul and jazz artists at DowntownDC Live at Franklin Park. These free concerts occur every Thursday this month - July 11th, 18th, and 25th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Take a mid-day break from the pool to relax in the park, play games, and grab some food from the nearby food trucks. 

Sleepover at the Smithsonian this Summer!

Sleepover at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.
Join this unique sleepover adventure for an exciting night at the National Museum of American History (July 5th) or National Air and Space Museum (July 13th). Your child will get to enjoy their very own Night at the Museum experience complete with interactive learning games, crafts, and more. Alas, as realistic as some of these museum exhibits are, they won't be coming to life anytime soon! Save 26% off a Smithsonian Museum Sleepover with this CertifiKID offer.

Washington Nationals July 2019 Games

See a Washington Nationals Game 
Take your family out to the ballgame to cheer on the Washington Nationals! Nothing beats a summer day at Nats Park, rooting for your favorite players, eating cracker jacks and laughing at the Racing Presidents during the innings. Use this CertifiKID deal to see a game on July 5th, 7th, 24th or 29th and save up to 47% off tickets!

Lotus & Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. - FREE
Celebrate the flora and fauna of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at the annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival on July 13th-14th. The festival will offer powerful performances of traditional Asian and African dancing and drumming. It will also include family-friendly activities like gardening workshops, park tours, arts & crafts, face painting, and more! Click HERE to register for this free event.

Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
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Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Summer Fair at Silver Spring Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland - FREE
Venture over to Silver Spring for the Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Summer Fair! This art fair will include over 60 arts & crafts exhibitors, food vendors, and a dance show with performances representing many different countries. The fair takes place on July 14th from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Click HERE to register to this free event.

Toddler Trailblazers: Strawberry Jam at Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in Washington, D.C.
An activity just for the little ones, ages 13 - 24 months! Join the Early Enrichment Center on July 14th and 20th at Toddler Trailblazers at The American History Museum. Young children will learn the joy of picking real strawberries and making pretend jam through engaging age-appropriate activities and learning exercises. The event takes place from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Once it's through, take some time to explore the museum. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019

KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia
See the KIDZ BOP World Tour on July 14th at Jiffy Lube Live! It's all of your favorite popular songs, sung by kids. The whole family will enjoy bopping along to this interactive concert full of fun choreography and tons of cool surprises. Save up to 37% off KIDZ BOP World Tour tickets.

Capital Arts Collective at Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. - FREE
Visit this pop-up art market in D.C. and browse unique arts, crafts, jewelry, and handmade wares. Capital Arts Collective provides a fun market atmosphere with tons of cool things to look at and buy. Open the third Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This month, it will be on July 18th. Support local artists while introducing the kids to a one-of-kind artistic experience.

Jabali African Acrobats
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Jabali African Acrobats at Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia
Direct from Mombasa, Kenya, experience “Sirikas,” or African circus performance that combines Chinese and African acrobatic stunts in a high-octane show with percussive music, tumbling, limbo, dancing, and balance arts native to Africa. The Jabali African Acrobats show is a family-friendly show that is for all ages. The show takes place on July 23rd at 11 a.m. Click HERE to buy tickets.

Rocknoceros (Children's) Concert 2019 Summer Evenings at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. - FREE
The U.S. National Arboretum concert series is all about the kids on July 25th, featuring live music from the award-winning children's band, Rocknoceros. You and your kids can dance and sing to their original songs like "Boogie Woogie Bennie," "Coach" and "Williebob". After dancing the night away, enjoy a sweet treat of ice cream sandwiches from the on-site food truck, Captain Cookie. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will take place from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Kids' Day Dueling Piano Show
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Kids' Day Dueling Piano Show at Bobby McKey's in National Harbor, Maryland
Dance and sing along with the Kids' Day Dueling Piano Show, at Bobby McKey's! Children are encouraged to get up out of their seats and move! The live, interactive show is fun for all ages and some tickets include a lunch buffet. The show takes place on July 27th from noon to 2:30 p.m. for ages 2 and up. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Science Saturday at National Law Enforcement

Science Saturday at National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.
Learn how to break secret codes, engineer a walkie-talkie, and more on Science Saturday at the National Law Enforcement Museum. Kids will be able to learn about tools, communication, engineering and mathematics in a fun, interactive environment. The event is free with admission to the museum and will take place on July 27th from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Save up to 28% on admission to the Law Enforcement Museum.

UniverSoul Circus National Harbor

UniverSoul Circus at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland
Experience the UniverSoul Circus at National Harbor! This circus will take the audience through an exciting journey while representing a variety of cultures and nationalities. Watch daring acts including a flying motorcycle as well as incredible routines in an interactive experience for the whole family! The show takes place from July 20th - 28th. Save 40% off select shows and seating with this CertifiKID deal.

For more family-fun this month check out our Things to do in July with Kids in Baltimore post

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