Washington DC with Kids

As I am busy making lists to organize our household and move (yes, I know it’s still many months away), I started thinking about how I would keep the kids and me busy while John is in language training. I surveyed some experts in the field (i.e. other moms!) and here’s a glimpse of the fun child-friendly resources and ideas DC has to offer…. enjoy!

Online Resources:

· Kid Friendly DC (a weekly blog listing events and outings for little kids; www.kidfriendlydc.com)

· Washington Parent magazine (lots of resources and event listings; http://www.washingtonparent.com/)

· What’s on Washington (lists events and activities by date; http://www.whatsoncity.net/activities/?cityID=1

Recommended Reading:

· Fodor’s “Around Washington DC with Kids” (current edition from March, 2011)

· Green Acres School “Going Places with Children in Washington DC” (https://www.greenacres.org/payment.php?formID=1)

The Usual Suspects…

John F. Kennedy Center (nice space for kids to run)

National Aquarium

National Building Museum (check out the Building Zone playroom)

National Children’s Museum (expected to open 2013)

National Mall (check out the Sculpture Garden and Carousel)

Smithsonian Museums (check out the “Spark Lab” at the Museum of American History; Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum, and the Air and Space Museum)

National Monuments (don’t miss Theodore Roosevelt Island)

National Zoo

A few more ideas outside of the DC center…

Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington; http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/)

Mount Vernon (George Washington’s Home; http://www.mountvernon.org/)

National Aquarium (Baltimore; http://www.aqua.org/)

Playseum (children’s museum in Bethesda and DC; http://www.playseum.com/)

Pirate Cruise (Chesapeake Bay; http://www.chesapeakepirates.com/)

Reston Zoo (Reston; (http://www.restonzoo.com/)

Smithsonian Air & Space’s Udvar-Hazy Center (near Dulles Airport; http://www.si.edu/Museums/air-and-space-museum-udvar-hazy-center)

· Waterfront Old Town Alexandria (Alexandria; http://visitalexandriava.com/attractions-activites/waterfront-attractions/)


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