If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Washington, D.C.
International Spy Museum
Any kids in the family who fancy themselves a spy like James Bond? At the International Spy Museum, you and the kids can test your spy skills at the exhibit “Undercover Mission”. You’ll receive a cover identity, crack codes, attempt to stay undercover and even crawl through air ducts to spy on others. Before or after this interactive exhibit, you can stroll through another exhibit featuring all the fun gadgets of spycraft through the ages. The International Spy Museum is not your typical museum: fun, intrigue, and mystery lie around every corner.
Beauvoir Outdoors Playground
This playground is located on the grounds of the National Cathedral Elementary School, but it is open to the public on the weekends and is an excellent place to take the kids on those days. The playground equipment was designed for children of all ages and features slides, towers to climb with rope ladders connecting them, climbing walls, musical play equipment, swings, mini forts, and so much more. They even have a zipline! Your kids are guaranteed to fall in love with this playground.
National Air and Space Museum
One of the most beloved museums in Washington D.C., the National Air and Space Museum is a great way to engage the curiosity of kids and will definitely leave everyone amazed. They have several aircraft and spacecraft on display from nearly every point in aviation and space exploration history. The Museum also hosts several unique programs designed for families, including “Soar Together” which brings you an interactive experience with scavenger hunts, demonstrations, and more.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
A trip to the zoo is always a family favorite. Travel the Asia Trail, pop over to Amazonia, see primates, reptiles, and follow the Elephant Trail; you’ll see amazing animals from all over the world. Kids will especially love the Kid’s Farm, the “Me and the Bee Playground”, and the carousel. You can choose to wander the zoo yourselves, take a guided tour, or visit during one of the many events held at the Zoo. But no matter which adventure you choose, the kids are sure to have fun while learning about the world around them.
Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo Park is always bustling with life and activity. Located just a few miles outside of the city’s downtown area, the park has an art gallery, live music, art classes, and even a Children’s Theater. One of the resident theater companies at Glen Echo Park is The Puppet Co., whose shows are always a great way to spend time with the kids. Whether you’re looking to take an art class as a family (pottery, glass art, painting), want to spend the day hiking, at a playground, or playing bumper cars, Glen Echo Park has you covered.
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