Have you ever considering visiting the Washington DC? Do you think you better wait until the kids are older so the trip isn’t a complete waste of time? think again!
When we were getting ready to go to Washington DC I thought that it was a shame we were going when the babies were so little, because they would not be able to appreciate or keep up. Well I’m so glad to say that I was very wrong! Washington DC turned out to be a very family friendly place! And it has many things that you can do with kids! and a lot of them for free. I fell like I could have a forever long list, but we will start with this short one, and then share some more in other posts, so that you aren’t overwhelmed.
So here it is! These are the first 5 things that I want to share, that you can do with kids in Washington DC.
1-Walk around the monuments:
I know this seems obvious but I’ve heard many people say that they will just drive around them, because of the kids. But from experience, kids love to walk and run and see the giant monuments and something that big is very hard to forget! They also will have all the questions, so this is a great opportunity to bond and also learn together. Washington DC is a magical city, and just looking around and knowing all the History that took place in it, is amazing. Here’s a little insider tip: find a park ranger around! let the kids ask them questions! and ask about the special activity for kids. Did you know that the monuments are considered national parks? yeah I didn’t either.
2-Visit the Museum of Natural History:
Ok my kids love this place! They get to see all sorts of animals from different habitats and their history! Once you are finished seeing all the ocean creatures, they will be so sad to have to move on, until you reach the next area! then their faces will light up again!check out this giant jelly fish! I was standing under it when I took this photo.Hippopotamus attack? check!Bones and skeletons of all sorts! I love to sit back some times and watch them as they try to make sense of things. Wish I knew what he was thinking here.Also at this museum, they have an amazing area with bugs! where they can touch a giant cockroach, see bees hard at work, and even pretend to be an ant! Here’s my tiny, crawling out of his ant hill.
3-Visit the National Arboretum:
This is such a fun and gorgeous place! It is 446 acres of beautiful plants of all sorts. A center of botanical research, kids can run around and burn some energy as well as learn about anything that grows in the country! From grass to trees! It is truly a magical place. We packed a picnic lunch and ate out in the field. It was a wonderful day for the boys. Here you can also see the old United States Capitol pillars, these giant columns used to actually be inside the Capitol building, and hold the east portico up. How cool is that?Look at how tiny he looks at the base of the columnsOur lunch spot had a nice view of the pillars.
4-Visit the air and space museum:
The most visited of the DC museums. And with good reasons! It holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Who would want to be in DC and miss out on seeing the first aircraft to ever fly? Yeah me either. And if you have a little space lover, there is so much fun for them too! Everything about space and astronauts and stepping into a real rocket ship, plus the amazing planetarium
5-Visit the botanical gardens:
The oldest continually operating botanic garden in the United States, it’s considered to be on the grounds of the capitol and it hosts hundreds of species of plants from the country and all around the world! They can see edibles, poisonous, and even carnivorous plants. and then you can head outside and take a comfy seat while they get to help plant some flowers and water the children’s garden. And if the temperature is crazy high, like when we went, they also have these misting poles! they are so perfect to cool the kids down after a long day of walking around in the city.He put the lime in the coconut… are you singing now? you are welcome!Learning about where chocolate comes from, which is totally a basic thing that everyone needs to learn.Carefully filling his watering can, so that he can water some plants and dump the rest of the water on his own head.Cooling down under the mist.
I can’t encourage you enough to get out and explore this beautiful world with your kids! Everywhere, there’s beauty and knowledge. I hope you follow our traveling posts, and I hope the inspire you to go on adventures!
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