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Washington DC with Kids

Washington, DC is a great place to visit with kids. From aquariums to the National Zoo to a hands-on children's garden tucked away in the US Botanical Gardens, the District is a wonderful place to take the kids. And what makes this destination even more ideal is that many of the places are free. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the best places to take the little ones, when to take them and what they will enjoy.

Thanksgiving Weekend 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Thanksgiving is all about family, food, and feeling thankful. If you’ll be in the nation’s capital for Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll have no shortage of fun things to do. You can see sharks get fed, hear a TV star sing Frank Sinatra tunes, watch the latest James Bond movie on an IMAX screen, and see a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Museum and National Zoo Sleepovers
Did you know you could spend the night at the museum? Or how about cozy up to the animals of the National Zoo? The Smithsonian has two sleepover programs for families and adults.

Bike and boat rentals in Washington
Washington offers some great water views. But it’s even better to see the city from the water. There are several spots around the region where boats and bikes can be rented hourly or by the day to enjoy the waterways that surround the city.

U.S. National Arboretum
The U.S. National Arboretum is a large beautiful park tucked away in a busy, bustling section of Washington. It may remind you of New York’s Central Park, but it feels even more remote. Established in 1927, the arboretum is 446 acres of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. It’s a beauty.

National Museum of the American Indian
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian opened its doors September 2004 and holds one of the world’s largest collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. You can’t miss the five-story, 250,000 square foot...

A Stroll Around The Tidal Basin
No area of Washington is more iconic than the 2.1-mile stroll around the Tidal Basin. Not only is it the home of the springtime Cherry Blossoms but it’s also home to the Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Make sure your cameras are ready.

White House Tour
One of the most iconic buildings in the United States is the White House. So it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most sought-after tours in Washington. While chances are slim you’ll get to see the president, you may be surprised by what you might experience.

Cherry Blossom Festival 2012
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a special time in Washington. And 2012 is even more eventful because it’s the 100-year anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C.

National Aquarium in Washington
Not many people, even some Washingtonians, know there’s a small aquarium in the basement of the Commerce Department. Even though it’s small, it’s home to lots of interesting and rare sea life. There are more than 1,500 specimens and 250 species.

National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum has interactive displays, hands-on activities, lots of stamp history and great stuff for kids.

Marian Koshland Science Museum
Not many people know, including native Washingtonians, that the nation’s capital is home to a science museum. The Marian Koshland Science Museum is part of the National Academy of Sciences and has lots of interesting exhibits to learn everything from emerging infectious diseases to what the universe is made of.

Sightseeing DC With A Teen
Washington offers lots of stuff to do that may be of particular interest to a teenager. Here are the top 10 sites that may (or not) appeal to the 13-19 crowd.

What To Do Over Easter Weekend in Washington DC
What to do over Easter weekend in Washington, DC

Visiting DC with Kids - Museums & Sights Kids Will Love
Visiting DC with kids can be quite the adventure. There are many museums and sights full of history and interesting items that kids will enjoy. From Dorothy's ruby slippers at the National Museum of American History to the James Bond car at the Spy Museum to the tigers and lions, elephants and more at the National Zoo, DC is the perfect spot for vacationing with kids.

Thomas the Tank Engine at Six Flags America Baltimore/Washington, D.C.
Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to Six Flags America Baltimore/Washington, D.C. this summer 2010 to delight kids and families. This amusement park experience will let kids enter the world of Thomas the Tank Engine, Sir Topham Hatt, Bertie the Bus, Cranky the Crane and all of Thomas's friends.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure at The Library of Congress
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure at the Library of Congress is a reading and writing game that will delight both young and old. Learn how the game is played and follow some of your favorite authors as they contribute to the fun.

Indoor Rock Climbing at Results Gym in Washington, DC
Rock climbing at Results Gym (Capitol Hill location only) can be exhilarating. Chimborazo! is the first simulated rock indoor rock climbing wall in Washington, DC.

The International Spy Museum: Operation Undercover: Secrets of Disguise
The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC has some great programs that will make your kids want to stay in the District forever. The Spy Museum's Operation Undercover: Secrets of Disguise is an experience that they will always remember.

The Friendship Firehouse and Museum in Alexandria, VA
The Friendship Firehouse Museum and Festival is located in Washington, DC and is a great place to take the family the first Saturday of August.

KidSpy® Festival Tradecraft Try-Its
Families visiting Washington, DC will love the International Spy Museum. With fun for both kids and mom and dad everyone can enjoy being a spy at the first KidSpy Festival ever.

Family Fun with the Kids
Washington, DC is a great place to visit with the kids and these concerts and events are sure to please the whole family.

Best Museums for Kids in Washington DC Metro Area
Washington, DC has a great selection of museums that will appeal to both you and your youngster. Many of the museums provide hands on experience for kids as well as educational talks and activities that are tailored for the very young and the young at heart. This link will provide you with best museums for kids.

Smithsonian's Discovery Theater
The Smithsonian's Discovery Theater is a live theater that features performances for the young. This link will provide you with information to attend a performance with your child.

Best Places in DC to Go With Kids
DC is a place for the whole family. There are plenty of places to take the kids that are enjoyable for both young and old. This link offers a round-up of the top 15 places to take your kids to, in and around the District

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