10 Kid-Friendly Museums in Washington, D.C.

13 February 2014

Washington, D.C., is often referred to as the best destination in the world for museums. From museums featuring natural history to space, many are designed specifically with children in mind and will provide endless hours of fun education. There are enough museums to make a vacation out of your visit, so book a stay near the action at our Camp Springs hotel and let the adventures begin!

1. The International Spy Museum

This is a great museum for older children who love history and mystery. Check out the KidSpy Zone to learn how to think and speak like a spy, then go on a one-hour mission adventure to test those new spy skills.

2. The National Air and Space Museum

In addition to its 22 interesting exhibits, their state-of-the-art planetarium shows will wow children of all ages. Get ready to explore the wonders of space at this captivating museum!

3. National Children’s Museum

This museum was designed specifically for children ages 8 and under. Their mission is to encourage children to care about improving the world through interactive play. Be sure to check out their events calendar to make the most of your visit.

4. National Museum of Natural History

Both children and adults will appreciate the exhibits, shows, and demonstrations at this popular museum on the National Mall. You’ll feel like you’re walking with the dinosaurs, flying with the butterflies, and swimming with the fishes when you explore the National Museum of Natural History.

5. National Building Museum

Take your future architect to this special-interest museum to gain a better understanding of city development, design, and engineering. For children ages 2 to 6, the Building Zone offers a hands-on introduction to the building arts.

6. Newseum

Extra, extra! Learn all about it at this 250,000-square-foot museum. The Newseum opened in 2008 and offers 15 theaters and 15 galleries for visitors to enjoy. Kids can even test their photography skills and give a weather report against a green screen.

7. National Archives Museum

Bring history alive for your kids at the National Archives Museum. Explore national treasures and watch imperative documentaries in the William G. McGowan Theater.

8. Smithsonian's National Zoo

Take your adventures outdoors at this outstanding zoo. Leave yourself plenty of time to see the nearly 2,000 animals that span 400 different species. Don’t forget to welcome Bao Bao, the new panda cub, to the world during your visit!

9. Discovery Theater

Enjoy culture and entertainment through the variety of puppet shows, musicians, and actors who perform at this kid-friendly theater. Check out their calendar for current shows and prepare to be entertained!

10. National Museum of American History

Kids won’t just learn about American history at this museum – they’ll experience historical activities with its several interactive carts. They can also use a press to print a card or work a cotton gin!

Your family will feel like they’ve toured the world (and beyond!) with just one visit to Washington, D.C.’s wonderful variety of museums. In addition to enjoying a fun vacation, they’ll also be learning without even realizing it. Start planning your D.C. vacation today!

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