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is there anything to interest 3 young boys in washington d.c.?

  • hudson
     asked this on October 15, 2011 at 01:59 PM
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Absolutely, lots to do in Washington, D.C., with young boys, especially when you consider that the National Mall is basically one large grassy playground. If the weather's nice, you can pack a picnic and some balls/Frisbee/kite, you name it! Most of the museums have good kids' programs and discovery zones, including the American Museum of Natural History, which has a great ant colony and opportunities for kids to meet live reptiles, spiders, snakes, and other critters. Check with the individual museums for age-specific activity kits; you could also create your own scavenger hunt by printing out images of artwork at the National Gallery of Art, say, and have your boys hunt for the pieces through the museum. Another D.C. favorite of mine is the National Zoo, which is just a great place to see not only a huge variety of animals but also let little ones burn of energy outside (it's free, too!). The National Building Museum near Chinatown is a little-less discovered but has a popular building zone with blocks, tools, and other activities. The NBM puts on some good family programs throughout the year, including hosting the National Cherry Blossom Festvial's Family Fun day. In fact, D.C. is packed with any number of family-friendly events throughout the year, so check ahead to see if anything is going on during the dates of your visit. Another thing to look out for are the free "Saturday Morning at the National" events at the National Theatre, where you can enjoy everything from dance performances to puppet shows to reptile exhibits (get there early, as it's first-come first-serve). Lastly, if you have a car, Glen Echo Park just west of Georgetown is worth a trip. They have a vintage carousel, small playground, and regular puppet shows and kids' theater performances (book tickets online ahead of time). Hope these ideas help. Let me know if you need anything more specific. Lots of great things to do here with kids (including tons of fab neighborhood playgrounds).
  • Alistair
     answered this on October 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM
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Kind of hard to narrow it down to just one... the Air and Space Museum has great IMAX and planetarium shows. The American History museum is fascinating if they like guns and history (I did as a kid). If their attention spans are a bit shorter, the International Spy Museum has really fun interactive exhibits perfect for elementary or middle school ages.
  • Pieter
     answered this on October 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM
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