Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Duck, Duck, Goose. Musical Chairs. These traditional games barely hold a candle to the party activities enabled by Kingdom Inflatables. The festivity emporium equips gatherings with enormous, multicolored bounce houses, some with cartoon themes and slides. Bouncers can perfect their craft watching kernels spring to life in the rentable popcorn machine, or cool down with frozen treats or summertime snowball fights from Kingdom Inflatables' snow-cone cart.
Gaylord National sits on the banks of the Potomac River, which flows south from DC to the Atlantic Ocean. Outside the resort, a water taxi ferries passengers across the Potomac to the port town of Alexandria, Virginia, a former tobacco trading post and George Washington's hometown, founded in 1749. Visitors can shop along the cobblestone streets, step into a historical museum, or try on replicas of Washington's wooden teeth.A famous pair of giant pandas reside at the National Zoo in the tree-lined Woodley Park neighborhood of DC, about 15 miles from the resort. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, two of the United States' few captive pandas, amble about and munch on bamboo in their 12,000-square-foot enclosure, which features streams, a water-cooled grotto, and an indoor habitat. The National Zoo houses about 2,000 animals from around the world, including elephants, cheetahs, and gorillas.Located just north of the National Mall in downtown DC, the Newseum chronicles the modern history of journalism, with artifacts that run the gamut from the Unabomber's cabin to an exhibit of eight 12-foot-high concrete slabs of the Berlin Wall. One gallery is dedicated solely to Pulitzer Prize–winning photographs, and another to the media coverage of 9/11.
Started in the early 1900s by a taxi driver who helped travelers haul their trunks to Union Station, Beltway Movers eases modern moving with a fleet of 50 vehicles outfitted with two-tier SmartPack systems for safe, efficient transportation. Uniformed, trained small crews arrive at designated locations to shrink-wrap upholstered furniture, disassemble headboards, and load even the most massive of sugar-packet collections into vans with care and efficiency. Any excess belongings can be safeguarded in the company’s storage warehouses, which are guarded by advanced sprinkler and burglar systems and watched by vigilant rattlesnakes 12 hours a day. Customers visiting Beltway’s website can receive a free instant estimate of their move’s cost, as well as a litany of tips to ensure a smooth process.
Popcorn explodes into edible fluff; shaved ice and sugary syrup fill paper snow-cone cylinders; wisps of cotton candy swirl around sticks. Jumpin' Jam Blast makes memories such as these with a variety of party rentals. And the rentals aren't exclusively food machines; they include everything from bounce houses and water slides to tables, chairs, and tents. The business also provides entertainers and party staff such as DJs, costumed characters, and photographers.