The Verizon Center in downtown Washington, DC plays host to pro basketball action from the Washington Wizards (NBA) and Washington Mystics (WNBA), along with professional hockey from the Washington Capitals, and men’s college basketball from the Georgetown Hoyas. Same-day tickets are often available; stop by the box office to see what’s on. Tickets are frequently available for the Washington Nationals baseball team and DC United professional soccer team as well.
Let the kids burn off their energy with some friendly competition. Go bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes in downtown’s Gallery Place development. In the winter, you can also go ice skating in Pershing Park or at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Rink. Or take a walk around Georgetown or Dupont Circle for great shopping and people-watching.
If you’re visiting in the spring or summer, you may be able to take advantage of special seasonal hours at DC attractions like the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the National Archives and the International Spy Museum. Catch the presidential portraits and other kid-friendly art at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Both stay open until 7 p.m. nightly year 'round.