Need something fun to do with the kids during Winter Break? Head on over to the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor and visit the ice exhibit. You can easily spend a full day walking around the National Harbor: shopping, eating, and completing all the activities at the Gaylord. We were invited to experience all the activities during media day. Our group included adults, a 3 year old, an 8 year old and a tween, and we all had a great time. You should try to make it a Staycation by booking a hotel room at the Gaylord National as well. The rooms are so luxurious and right outside of DC, so a perfect location for a winter getaway.
Gaylord ice exhibit activities:
- Breakfast with the Peanuts Gang at the Pienza Marketplace
- ICE around the world exhibit
- Spinning tea cups ride
- Cookie or gingerbread house decorating
- Hot cocoa snack area
- Storytime and cookies with Mrs. Claus
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- Elf scavenger hunt
- Christmas Train Ride
- Beautiful gift shop
If your kids are as bored as mine are, you will want to get them over to the ice exhibit and wear them out. Being the worrisome Mom, I do want to share one important tip if you plan to visit the ICE exhibit. Bring along your own hats and gloves! It is SO COLD inside the ice exhibit (only 9 degrees). Yes, the hotel provides the warm blue parkas that everyone can borrow, but you really need your own warm weather gear for each adult and child. Also, try to make reservations in advance for ICE so you do not have to wait in line for tickets. Click here to reserve a room or tickets for ICE. If you are an overnight guest you can get into the ice exhibit an hour earlier than everyone else and enjoy a less crowded experience.
One more thing! Do you need something fun to do on New Year’s Eve? Come join us at the Gaylord National for the biggest party in DC. Click here for more info on Big Night DC. There will be 15 different themed party areas, food, drinks, dancing, bands, DJs, party favors, and so much more. We are counting down the days until the big event.
Have you ever been the Gaylord National Harbor or the ice exhibit? If so, what was your favorite part? If not, what are you waiting for?
Our family was hosted by the Gaylord National so that we could experience all of the ice exhibit activities. All opinions and thoughts are 100% our own.