The DC Cool Kids Contest just made stamp collecting cool. Get the free activity guide today and you could go for the ultimate grand prize, a family vacation for four to the nation’s capital in the summer of 2015.
The prize package includes round-trip transportation (provided by American Airlines or Amtrak); a three-night stay at Hotel Palomar; dinner for four at Urbana, Carmine’s, Hard Rock Cafe, and Hill Country Barbecue Market; free tickets to the fun-filled Crime Museum, International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.; and a free bike tour operated by Bike & Roll.
All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. [EST] Monday, September 1, 2014. Destination DC will never sell, rent or share your name or contact information. Only one entry per person. Airline tickets are valid for round-trip travel to DC within the United States. Rail tickets are valid for travel to DC from cities served by Amtrak. Official rules.
The DC Cool Kids Prize Package Includes:
Round-trip airfare for up to four (4). Enjoy a modern, comfortable flying experience to the nation’s capital on kid-friendly American Airlines. With dozens of flights to DC a day and hubs spread throughout the nation, American makes it easy to travel to and from Washington, DC.
Round-trip transportation for up to four (4) passengers. For quick and easy travel, take Amtrak to and from Washington, DC’s iconic Union Station. Amtrak provides a safe, green mode of transportation and a fun, exciting way to travel for both kids and adults.
|Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel
Three-night stay for four (4). Surrounded by myriad cultural activities, restaurants and boutique shops, Kimpton’s Palomar Washington DC is right at home. Parents appreciate the chic interior decor, personalized services and spacious guestrooms, kids love the heated outdoor pool and complimentary milk and cookies. Just blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro, it offers easy access to monuments, museums and vibrant neighborhoods.
Meal for four (4). The Mediterranean gem in Dupont Circle, Urbana is a family-friendly restaurant that’s fun for both kids and parents. Kids can design their own pizzas using a variety of fresh, healthy and seasonal toppings like artichoke, basil and ham, and then send them off to the pizzaiolo, who will bake and serve to every kid’s delight. *Valued at up to $200, gratuity not included.
Meal for four (4). One of the city’s most kid-friendly restaurants, Carmine’s specializes in serving family-style Italian fare right in the heart of Penn Quarter. Whether it’s for the classic combo of spaghetti and meatballs or savory chicken marsala, the thorough menu at Carmine’s has something for every appetite – especially desserts like chocolate cannoli, tiramisu and Italian cheesecake. *Valued at up to $100, gratuity not included.
|Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC
Meal for four (4). Enter the Hard Rock Cafe in DC, and you’ve just stepped into the Embassy of Rock-n-Roll. Admire Elvis Presley’s DEA jumpsuit, DC-native Marvin Gaye’s pinstriped suit or a hat worn by Beatles legend John Lennon, all in between bites of tangy Buffalo wings or burgers piled high with crave-worthy toppings. *Valued at up to $125, gratuity not included.
|Hill Country Barbecue Market
Meal for four (4). Coming straight from Texas to the nation’s capital, Hill Country Barbecue Market is a haven for perfectly smoked, sauce-slathered ribs, brisket and chicken, among others. By night, the eatery doubles as a music venue, staging live band karaoke and other acts. No feast is complete without a meal-capping bowl of the famous Blue Bell ice cream. *Valued at up to $150, gratuity not included.
Tickets for four (4). One of the city’s most thrilling interactive museums, the Crime Museum focuses on the history of crime, punishment and crime scene investigation. See a full-scale model of a police station, from a booking room and mug shots to a jail cell and count the number of holes in the Bonnie and Clyde car.
|Bike and Roll
Bike Tour for four (4). Bike the sites with a small group tour from the knowledgeable and friendly folks at Bike and Roll. The Monuments@Nite Bike Tour is one of the most popular, which will have your whole family oohing and ahhing to memorials, the White House and other iconic structures lit-up against the night sky.
|International Spy Museum
Tickets for four (4). Go undercover through the hidden side of DC at this interactive museum that showcases legendary spies, secret operations and gadgets (think: lipstick pistol), and a cache of spy paraphernalia. The museum also offers interactive programming, like Operation Spy, which is a live-action, high-stakes mission filled with espionage adventures.
Tickets for four (4). Get up close and personal with life-like wax versions of all the U.S. Presidents, plus a number of celebrities like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Tiger Woods and many more. The museum is broken down into six galleries: the Presidents Gallery, Civil Rights Room, Behind the Scenes, Glamour Room, Sports Zone and Media Room. Cameras are strongly encouraged.