How to spend a snow day in Arlington, VA

How to spend a snow day in Arlington, VA

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By Aila Boyd

February 29, 2024

Snow days offer both kids and their parents an opportunity to break out from the humdrum routine of school and work and instead have a jam-packed day of fun. Luckily, those who live in Arlington have plenty of options for how best to spend their snow days, including going snow sledding or ice skating, taking an indoor educational field trip, heading to the movies, and drinking hot cocoa.

Here’s our guide for making the most of your next snow day in Arlington.

Snow Sledding

Jamestown Park

While the six-acre Jamestown Park is lively throughout the warm weather months, it’s also the perfect place to have some snowy fun. It’s a great sledding destination, according to the Arlington County Parks & Recreation Department. The park is adjacent to Jamestown Elementary School.

Tuckahoe Park

Tuckahoe Park is another ideal place to go snow sledding. The 12-acre park has an 82-foot sledding run. The park was ranked as having the steepest slope for sledding in the DMV. It also has a playground, which can serve as a fun location for a snowball fight.

Bluemont Park

Spanning an impressive 51 acres, Bluemont Park is the place to go if you want to go snow sledding without the crowds. Smaller children may also enjoy frolicking on the snow-covered playgrounds.

Ice Skating

MedStar Capitals Iceplex

Even if there’s too much snow to go ice skating at an outdoor rink, you can still enjoy a spin on the ice at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Iceplex regularly holds public skating sessions, which are great for the whole family. Those who are young and inexperienced can have fun on the ice, although they may benefit from a learn-to-skate session. Skates and athletic gear can be found at the Pro Shop.

Indoor Educational Field Trips

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

Consisting of over 17,000 square feet, the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is expansive enough to keep you and your kids occupied all afternoon on a snow day. It’s one of the largest non-federal contemporary art venues in the Washington metropolitan area. Various exhibitions rotate through the museum’s nine gallery spaces, with work from artists from around the world on display.

How to spend a snow day in Arlington, VA
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

Drug Enforcement Administration Museum

The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum offers insights into the country’s connection to drugs, including public policy, federal drug law enforcement, and the work of DEA employees around the world. While the museum has something for everyone, slightly older children may appreciate a visit more than youngsters. Notably, the museum is all-new after having undergone a two-year renovation effort. Displays engage visitors on the science and history of drug misuse prevention. Luckily for parents, a trip to the museum is free.

Military Women’s Memorial

The Military Women’s Memorial is the country’s only major memorial dedicated to women in uniform. Women who defended the country from the Revolutionary War up to the present are honored at the memorial. According to Stay Arlington, “The facility educates and inspires through innovative and interactive exhibitions, world-class collections and engaging programs and events.” It’s located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

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Photo courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery


Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse

Escape to a less snowy destination by catching a flick at a local movie theater, like the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. The 1930s historic art deco theater offers a full restaurant and table-side service. While watching a movie in an oversized comfortable chair, you can enjoy a classic bucket of popcorn or something more filling like a starter, flatbread, salad, or burger. Kids will surely love an order of funnel cake fries.

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Hot Cocoa

Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe

Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe, which is family-owned and operated by the Murphy family, is the place in Arlington to go for a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Unlike most places that simply serve regular hot cocoa, this cafe has four different options to select from, including Kids Hot Chocolate, The King’s Hot Chocolate, Intelligentsia Hot Chocolate Tin, and Cookie Dough Hot Chocolate. The King’s Hot Chocolate includes Omanhene cacao, silky smooth steamed milk, and whipped cream. The cafe describes the vegan-friendly Intelligentsia Hot Chocolate Tin as a blend of natural cocoa powder and raw cane sugar. The 12-ounce cookie dough option is made with anti-oxidant-rich cacao powder and is served with a mini bourbon chocolate chip cookie.

Waterhouse Coffee & Juice Bar

Waterhouse Coffee & Juice Bar is devoted to serving delicious but powerfully healthy options. It offers hot chocolate in either a small or large. After enjoying the cocoa, order one of its signature acai bowls.

Idido Coffee House

Located in Columbia Pike, Idido Coffee House serves hot chocolate in addition to a wide variety of coffee-based beverages. While there, give one of its healthy and light meals a try. The blackened salmon taco will surely taste better than a packed lunch or one from a school cafeteria.

Sidekick Bakery

Although Sidekick Bakery is mainly known for its baked goods, like its tarts and cakes, it also serves hot chocolate. You can pair a cup of cocoa with a s’mores tart.

This article first appeared on Good Info News Wire and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.How to spend a snow day in Arlington, VAHow to spend a snow day in Arlington, VA

  • Aila Boyd

    Aila Boyd is a Virginia-based educator and journalist. She received her MFA in writing from Lindenwood University.

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