WTOP's Rachel Nania
WASHINGTON — Whether it’s snowing, raining or registering single-digit weather, one thing is for sure: keeping the kids entertained during the winter months is a challenge.
If you’ve exhausted all of your usual indoor spots and are looking for new activities, travel and parenting writer Guiomar Ochoa has a few ideas:
Hit the pool
Sure, it’s freezing outside, but at the region’s collection of indoor pools, it’s a balmy 80 degrees (at least once you’re in the water).
“A lot of people concentrate on swimming in the summertime, but this is a great opportunity to have [the kids] practice before summertime hits,” Ochoa said.
In D.C., Ochoa recommends Wilson Aquatic Center in Tenleytown. The pool has plenty of laps for serious swimmers, plus diving boards, a whirlpool and a leisure pool with splash features. The Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds, Maryland, has a water slide, as does the Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling, Virginia.
Best of all, the cost for local residents is minimal at these locations, and swimming is guaranteed to tire out the kids.
“It also gives you that sense of being in a warm place,” Ochoa said.
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