Where to Play During the Government Shutdown


Does the shutdown have you going a little stir crazy without your favorite places to visit open? We have created a list of places that are open during the government shutdown. These are great options to keep having fun with your little ones:

Free Activities:

Our Favorite DMV Playgrounds  (Our own DCMB Guide!)

Brookside Gardens 

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens (Suggested donation for entry)

United States Botanical Garden (As of 1/4 they are open) 

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Library of Congress


Mt. Rainier Nature Center


Paid Activities:

Bloombars Kid’s Classes 

National Building Museum (Free for Gov. Employees right now!)

College Park Aviation Museum

Newseum (Free for Gov. Employees right now!)

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Maryland Science Center

National Aquarium

The Phillips Collection (Kids are free!)

International Spy Museum

National Capital Trolley Museum 

Fairfax Station Museum

B&O Ellicott City Station Museum

B&O Railroad Museum

Washington National Cathedral

Glen Echo Park (Carousel and Puppet Theater)

PG Sports & Learning Complex Open Gymnastics Play

Chuck E. Cheese

Herbert Wells Ice Rink

Mini Monster Golf

H St. Country Club –Mini-golf, shuffleboard, skeeball

Hyper Kidz


Busy Bees

Be With Me Playseum

Magic Ground

Chibis Indoor Playground

Once Upon A Dream

Play and Learn Playground Superstore -Playgrounds and trampolines

TopGolf -heated outdoor golf

DC Indoor Pools 

Chillum Splash Pad -indoor splash and pool place

Badlands Play Space

Kid Museum

Silver Stars Open Gym Playtime 

More ideas with multiple locations: Libraries, Movies, Bowling, Bounce House, Ice Skating Rink, Theatre Shows, Trampoline Centers, and our Guide to Trains

As always, check out our January Family Friendly Events Guide for more ideas. If you have other places you think we should add to the list, please let us know. Thank you!


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