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National Zoo

  • Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Hours: 8:00 am-7:00 pm (7 days a week)
  • Pricing: FREE
  • Special Programs:
    • Boo at the Zoo: 5:30 pm-8:30 pm on October 27-28, 2017
    • Visit the American Trail: Come get your feet wet in the Tide Pool while learning about gray seals, harbor seals, bald eagles, gray wolves, brown pelicans, and beavers.
  • Daily Programs:
    • Meet a Farm Animal: Stop by the Kid’s Farm and meet one of the many furry or feathered residents of the farm.
      • From 11:00 am – 11:20 and again from 1:30 pm -1:50 pm

National Air and Space Museum

  • Address: 600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
  • Hours: 10:00 am-5:30 pm
  • Pricing: FREE
  • Daily Programs:
    • Science Demonstrations: Throughout the museum, daily schedules are posted outside gallery entrances
    • Story Time: (ages 2-8); Daily at 11:00 am
    • Planetarium: Free show at 10:30 am daily
    • IMAX Theater: see Air and Space website for showtimes

Natural Museum of Natural History

  • Address: 10th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
  • Hours: 10:00am-5:30 pm
  • Pricing: FREE
  • Daily Programs:
    • Butterfly Pavilion: (Admission for Adults is $6 and for Youth is $5); Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world.

Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Planetarium and Horse Center

  • Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington DC, 20015
  • Hours: Nature Center is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Pricing: FREE
  • Information: Rock Creek Park is one of Washington’s treasures, and its Nature Center is the key to helping kids understand the 1,700-acre expanse. There’s an exhibit with native animals, including turtles and snakes (kids can help rangers feed them on Fridays at 4 p.m.), and a planetarium, which hosts regular programs (free tickets can be picked up 30 minutes before each event begins; check the park’s Web site for the schedule). After visiting the Nature Center, take a short stroll to the Horse Center and visit the barn. (Keep an eye out for signs saying whether a particular horse bites.) You can thrill a young equestrian with a 15-minute pony ride ($20), which is offered on weekends from April through October, although reservations are required.

Beauvoir Playground

  • Address: 3500 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20016
  • Hours: Open after school hours and on weekends
  • Pricing: FREE
  • Information: The private Beauvoir school, next to the National Cathedral, has one of the most impressive playgrounds in the area, with a zip line, rope bridges, rocks to climb and multi-level slides. When school and camp are not in session the playground is open to the public.

National Building Museum

  • Address: 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Pricing: Adults - $10, Youth (Ages 3-17) - $7
  • Daily Programs:
    • Building Zone: a hands-on introduction to the building arts designed especially for the Museum’s youngest visitors, ages 2–6. In this exploratory gallery, children can build a tower or LEGO wall and play pretend with construction play trucks in the Construction Zone. Explore the National Building Museum’s Project Playhouse, a life-size custom-built playhouse
    • Play Work Build: a room filled with large foam blocks that can be turned into forts, or smaller ones that can be turned into model houses or whatever a child can imagine.

International Spy Museum

  • Address: 800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • Hours: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
  • Pricing: Adults - $21.95, Children - $14.95
  • Daily Programs:
    • Operation Spy: (Must be 12 or older); An immersive, interactive spy mission across the museum

Mount Vernon

  • Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mt Vernon, VA 22121
  • Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Pricing: Online – Adults are $18 and Children are $9
  • Daily Programs:
    • Storytime in Hands-on-History: Daily at 11:00am (ages 3-8); listen to a story about George Washington and life in the 18th century
    • Hands-on-History Discovery Time: Daily at 12:00pm (ages 3-8); explore and discover together through educational games, puzzles, and activities
    • Discovery Station: Weekends from 2:00 pm-4:30 pm