10 Best Places to Take Your Kids While in Washington, D.C.
Endless. That's how one might describe the list of fun and entertaining things do with kids in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Sure, it may be a little hyperbole, but there are so many awesome museums, fascinating historical sites and fun attractions that we think you might end up agreeing with us. Nevertheless, we need to keep our list to just 10 items, which is easy to do. You start with the National Zoo. We've got pandas, every child's favorite. Then head to the great museums of the Smithsonian Institution. The best ones for kids — the Air & Space Museum and its sister site, the Udvar-Hazy Center. Don't forget the
Local Expert Tip: "Check out the webcams for various denizens of zoo to get ready for your visit."
Local Expert Tip: "Look for discount coupons before buying your tickets. They are usually readily available in nearby shops and restaurants and possibly online as well."
Local Expert Tip: "As of Winter 2012/2013, a good chunk of the museum is undergoing renovation, but there are still hours worth of great American history on display."
Local Expert Tip: "The museum is free, but parking comes with a fee."
Local Expert Tip: "Look for freeze-dried astronaut food in the gift shop - it's always a favorite with the kids."
Local Expert Tip: "Look for the water pumping station where kids can use a little muscle and water some plants. But keep an eye on them or they may end up playing and getting soaked."
Local Expert Tip: "Check the times of the dolphin show as you arrive at the aquarium so you can plan your touring around this must-see show."
- Type: Historic Sites
Local Expert Tip: "Late winter and spring is when many school groups visit Mount Vernon, so be prepared for masses of classes touring this historic site."
Local Expert Tip: "Show the proper respect in the great hall where the Declaration of Independence resides. Speak in hushed tones, keep kids calm and remove your hat. Otherwise, one of the guards may have a word with you."
Local Expert Tip: "Many kids find the "junior newscaster" exhibit their favorite. Allow them to stand in front of a "green screen" and give a news report, a weather report or a sports report. Then they can see themselves displayed on TV just like a real newscaster."
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