With several duty stations clustered around the DC Metro area, it is one of AHRN.com‘s most popular PCS destinations. Between the traffic, the motorcades and multiple states, finding your way around can be overwhelming. Take advantages of the gorgeous fall weather with this list of fun things to do in DC with kids!
1. National Children’s Museum
If your children have enjoyed the Sesame Street workshop that tours US military installations, they will enjoy seeing the Workshop’s home at the National Children’s Museum. The 18,000 sq ft facility has separate sections for kiddos under and other 3, plus a 130 seat theater. The museum offers a military discount on tickets purchased at the door.
2. Natural History Museum
Make room in your schedule to visit the #1 destination for families in DC: The Natural History Museum. Due to high traffic, plan to arrive at the museum either at the beginning of the day or near the end and give yourself at least 2-3 hours to get through. If you are hoping to catch any IMAX shows, purchase those tickets as soon as you arrive. Dinosaurs, butterflies, insects and the ocean are all waiting to be explored! If you have small kids, take a detour to the Discovery Room for more hands on learning.
3. National Zoo
Fortunately for military families living in the area, the National Zoo has FREE admission (although parking in zoo lots ranges from $10-$20). There is so much to see that it is best to plan multiple trips, especially if you have young children. Weekdays are less crowded and the fall is a wonderful time to visit with fewer crowds and cooler weather. Even if you aren’t planning to see the whole Zoo in one go, there will be a lot of walking involved, so make sure everyone has comfortable shoes!
4. National Air and Space Museum
If planes and rockets fascinate your little ones, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum is a must-see attraction in DC. With the largest air and space craft collection in the world spread through 22 galleries, there is definitely something for every one. Keep an eye out in the next few years because there is work being done to bring even more to visitors, including a massive renovations to the “Milestones in Flight” exhibit… so again, more than one visit might be in order. Bring a little extra cash for kids who would enjoy the flight simulator and the three story gift shop! For the kids who are really into Air and Space, a visit to the National Air and Space Museum’s companion facility in Chantilly, VA offers a less crowded, more leisurely chance to explore some of the Museum’s largest pieces, including the space shuttle Enterprise and other space craft.
5. South Mountain Creamery
Baby cows and ice cream are sure to be hit when you visit South Mountain Creamery in the Middletown area. Daily from 1:30 – 5:30, families can visit the farm and see how the cows are milked and baby calves fed from a bottle (if you get there early enough, the kids can help feed the calves!). The farm visit is free, but make sure to bring money (and maybe a cooler) to visit the farm’s store featuring more than 40 flavors of ice cream, glass bottled milk, cheese and eggs.
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