My wife and I are taking the kids to see D.C. next month for about a week. We've never been there together as a family and we'd love some ideas. Our older son is really into history, but the younger one is more into just having fun and destroying things. ;) Any ideas?
I think that all of the DC museums are fairly good at balancing the educational stuff with the hands-on destroying things stuff, so you have more to do that time at this point.
Of all the DC Smithsonians, the
Museum of Natural History is the most fun on the mall for boys. They'll like the
National Air and Space Museum too, but the
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center & National Air and Space Museum near the
Dulles Airport is better. (You can easily combine a trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Fairfax with a visit to
Great Falls National Park.)
My girls enjoyed visiting the
Just north of the mall are two great museums that are NOT free (look for online coupons), but are FUN. My girls LOVE the
International Spy Museum and have done their extra secret mission thing. It's cheesy, but the kids really love it. They'll get to see cool spy stuff, adopt an identity, and see James Bond's car. The
National Museum of Crime & Punishment is a lot cooler than I thought. It goes through history, so you see the wild west, Bonnie and Clyde, and the gangster era all the way to the present. In every room there are hands-on things for including a simulator for police training, for driving, and an old Western-style shoot-out.
If you have time, go to the
National Zoological Park. It is not the best zoo I've ever seen, but it is nice, free, and fun for kids.
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