Saturday, October 24th
Fright at the White House Family Scavenger Hunt @ The White House (DC)
Watson Adventures hosts a hunt in and around Lafayette Park during which families can learn the stories of the ghosts who have roamed the halls of the White House and other buildings in the area while answering tricky questions about what they discover along the way. Advance registration is required.
Leathery Wings @ Huntley Meadows Park (Alexandria, VA)
See a vampire bat skull, a silhouette of the world’s largest bat, and listen to bat calls during self-guided, hands-on activities.
Washington International Horse Show @ Verizon Center (DC)
The annual Washington International Horse Show features a wide variety of events, such as cheering on Olympic riders at an international equestrian competition, shopping at specialty vendor booths, bidding at silent auctions, and exhibitions of barrel racing, trick riding, terrier races, musical free style, and dressage. On Sunday afternoon (1pm), families can watch the new show Washington’s World of the Horse, 90 minutes of the best of the horse world with dressage, Saddlebreds, barrel racing, jumping, reining, vaulting, terrier racing, and more.
Sunday, October 25th
Family Night at the Old Arlington Grill (Arlington, VA)
Each Sunday the Old Arlington Grill offers a changing selection of family-friendly films on the Grill’s big screen, plus family menu specials during this time.
13th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade @ Del Ray, Alexandria
Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. Awards for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller are given out at a brief ceremony following the parade, along with free refreshments, goodie bags for the children, games, and activities. The parade begins at at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreational Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues.
Nature Journal @ Rock Creek Park (DC)
Kids can try their hand at quill pen writing. Activities include creative writing, drawing, and more. Meet at Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden Street, NW
The Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run @ The Pentagon
The Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run offers a way for children to participate in a safe run. This one-mile run is strictly for fun; children are placed according to their age group. There is absolutely no time limit – everyone is a winner and receives an official participant t-shirt, medal, and healthy snacks after the race. The run begins and ends in the North Pentagon parking area. Registration is required by October 9. Starting at 9am kids can visit Camp Miles, an activity area featuring interactive challenges and games focusing on health and fitness.