D.C. for Tweens

Our highly edited list of what's cool for tweens in Washington, D.C. - where to go, what to eat, what to do - all reviewed by real tweens. And don't miss our Calendar - everything cool for tweens updated daily (see the column on the right).

There's even more to read in our newspaper column on D.C. Tweens in the Examiner.

- Museums:
- D.C. Kids' Restaurant Week (June 2010)
- Frozen:
  • The Dairy Godmother in the DelRay neighborhood of Alexandria, VA - awesome authentic frozen custard and gourmet popsicles. Tips: Check out their website for the flavors of the day. And they're closed on Tuesdays. President Obama took First Tweens Malia and Sasha there too!
  • Serendipity is Coming to D.C.! (March 2010)
  • Toasted Marshmallow milkshakes at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill (August 2009)
- Pizza:
  • Sasha Obama celebrates her 9th birthday at CPK in Bethesda (June 2010)
  • Two Amy's in Cleveland Park - authentic Neapolitan pizza at a local favorite. Tips: Go early for lunch on weekends (they open at noon) for their handmade sugar donuts (heaven! but they sell out early). Also, there is outdoor seating in the back - ask for one of those tables on a nice day. Our tweens also LOVE their Polpettine al forno (little risotto balls filled with cheese).(June 2010)
- Burgers and Other Savories:
  • Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill - great burgers (veggie ones too!), amazing fries and to-die-for milkshakes. First Lady Michelle Obama brings Sasha and Malia here too. Tip: They are closed on Sundays. (August 2009)
  • Ben's Chili Bowl is a Washington institution
  • The hot dog cafe in the Spy Museum is a lot of fun because they have a range of spy-themed hot dogs to choose from (the restaurant is actually called The Spy City Cafe). This year they started offering sliders (mini-hamburgers) from swanky Zola next door (named for Emile Zola and his role in the Dreyfus Affair). If you are looking for a great place for dinner, Zola is fantastic, and tweens will love the see-through floor (towards the back). In the Penn Quarter neighborhood.
  • Also in the Penn Quarter neighborhood is a hidden gem: Poste. It's a brasserie in the interior courtyard of Hotel Monaco and a super nice spot for dining away from the crowds - go in the warm weather and sit outside. The menu may be a bit much for tweens (braised rabbit anyone?), but it's a great place to go for appetizers or a late night nosh (hand cut pomme frites served in paper cones, little plates of mac and cheese, and a really good cocktail menu for the adults in the party).
- Cupcakes and Other Sweets:
- Breakfast:
  • The Cereal Bowl - a fun place to go for breakfast - the waitstaff is in pajamas, and cartoons and ESPN are shown on big screens round-the-clock (March 2010)
  • Blueberry buckwheat pancakes ("Blue Bucks") from Market Lunch inside local landmark Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. Tips: They accept cash only, and the lines are long, but the wait is worth it. We recommend taking turns holding a spot in line and walking around the market while you wait. Coffee drinkers: you're best off grabbing a cup to go BEFORE you get in line. Breakfast is served Tuesdays through Saturdays but NOT SUNDAYS (and all of Eastern Market is closed on Mondays).

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