Have fun and explore the Washington Auto Show January 25-31

The Washington Auto show provides a FULL DAY of fun in DC! When was the last time you thought an auto show would be considered a family adventure? If you were like me, you may have thought of auto shows as something your husband does to dream about a car he will probably never own. Or worse yet, scantily clad girls in bikinis that make you want to throw a churro at them. I had the pleasure of attending the press day at the Washington Auto Show with SheBuysCars and my mind was quickly changed. I will also say,girl power was in full effect in this normally male dominated industry, more women want input on the cars they drive and more women are designing cars for us!

 January 25-31 2016 at the Washington Convention Center
Due to the Blizzard the dates are now January 25-31 2016 at the Washington Convention Center

Funny thing about me, I grew up in the car business, yet I am not a “car” girl, so to speak. Yes, I love the smell of a new car, and I want a certain style for myself with a little horsepower under the hood, however I don’t get into slick tires, wood trim and leather interior. Give me a car that is safe, well priced, has room for my family, plus a little extra wiggle room and I am happy.  I learned quickly while attending the Washington Auto Show that while it is the chance for automakers to “toot their own horn” showing off the latest models, there is NO PRESSURE to buy. Did you hear that? You can look at every car for sale in the U.S. Market (and even get a peek at those that aren’t yet) and there is no pressure to buy. Another great opportunity if you are looking to buy a car this year is with brands such as Ford, Toyota and Kia that are offering test drives for certain models. Again, no pressure to buy, you get to play and not feel haggled by a dealer.

No Obligation Test Drives with many car brands during Washington Auto Show
No Obligation Test Drives with many car brands during Washington Auto Show

Reasons the Washington Auto Show makes a great family day:

  • A day trip to Washington DC is an easy ride from the Baltimore Metro area, with the Metro having a stop at the Convention Center you can park in the surrounding counties and take the train into DC. Kids love trains and it’s an inexpensive and a fun way to travel into Washington.
  • If your family is in the market for a new car this is the perfect way for everyone to play with the cars and see what works and doesn’t work for your family. Even if the kids input is silly, they still get to be  part of the process.

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  • Ticket costs for the show are very affordable. Costing $12 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and FREE for kids 5 and under. You can’t even go see a movie for that low!
  • Camp Jeep: this FREE exhibit  takes you on a ride to show all of the great features that Jeep can do. What kids don’t like going sideways in a Jeep!
Camp Jeep is for anyone 44in or taller and FREE!
Camp Jeep is for anyone 44in or taller and FREE!
  • Kids area featuring picnic tables, crafts, and games that are FREE
  • For a small fee the family can race one another with RC cars! Who will get the bragging rights as best driver in the family?
  • Local celebrity signings from Bart & Homer Simpson, Kirk Cousins of the Redskins, WWE Superstar Roman Reigns and Nationals shortstop Ryan Zimmerman. See the schedule of events for exact days.
  • Fun Family Photo Opportunities: Dad will probably never own a Stingray Corvette but he can get a great picture in it. Nascar fans can pose by cars in the Toyota booth, and college football fans can snap a pic with the Heisman Trophy at Nissan. Are you a large family? You can play will we fit in the Fiat 500? The opportunities are endless to have fun and be silly.
  • Do you have a teen driver? Let them take the Teen Drive 365 Distracted Driving Test, it’s hard believe me!

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If you don’t have kids, that’s ok! Go to the show and experience all of the great cars that are in the marketplace. I played in Chevy trucks that were huge, a Honda that reminded me of high school and the all new Cadillac STS. Have fun and explore the options that are available even if you aren’t purchasing a new car soon. Having the ability to see, and experience the cars first hand with no pressure to buy is huge in my opinion.

I enjoyed myself at the Washington Auto Show this week, I was like a little kid playing with the different cars and features on them. A mini-van with a vacuum in it, YES PLEASE! Having never attended an auto show before I wasn’t sure what I was in for, I do know this won’t be my last. After the winter storm passes this weekend you will be dying to get out of the house next week. Get your tickets today for the Washington Auto Show and enjoy a full day of fun!

Two Thumbs Up for the Washington Auto Show!
Two Thumbs Up for the Washington Auto Show!


The show has changed it operating hours due to the Blizzard, please take note. 

Monday, Jan. 25 12:00PM – 9:00PM
Tuesday, Jan. 26 12:00PM – 9:00PM
Wednesday, Jan. 27 12:00PM – 9:00PM
Thursday, Jan. 28 12:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday, Jan. 29 12:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday, Jan. 30 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Sunday, Jan. 31 10:00AM – 6:00PM
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