Smithsonian Museum Kids Guides

All You Need for a Great Smithsonian Museum Trip with Kids!

Save Time, $$ and Sanity at the Smithsonian Museums!

Guides for Each Museum with All You Need to Know

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Created by a fellow mom, each guide is a 7 page PDF packed with ALL you need to know before you visit each Smithsonian museum with kids, including: 

  • Hours and how to beat the crowds
  • Transportation and best parking ideas for each museum (street and garage)
  • 3-4 Food options per museum 

Specialized Tips for Each Age Groups

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Visiting a museum with teens is VERY different than with toddlers! Each Museum Kids Guide is organized into these 3 groups: 

  • Babies and Toddlers (changing and nursing stations info!)
  • Elementary Age (Fun hands on activities)
  • Teens (Smithsonian Selfie Spots!)

No More Overwhelm!

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We love that the Smithsonians are all free and amazing BUT it means lots of crowds! Our Guides show you the best days and times to go and more tips to save your sanity taking kids to a museum: 

  • Can't Miss Exhibits for each Smithsonian museum
  • Skip This! recommendations
  • Special Daily Activities 
  • Gift Shop Alternatives!
  • Resource page with further links for your Museum Kids!

What Moms and Dads Say About Our Guides!

"These Guides are lifesavers!" - Ellen, Mom of 4

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These guides are lifesavers! The Smithsonian museums have so much to offer that it can be easy to get swallowed up in the all the exhibits. These guides help me focus my visits on the parts of the museum that have the biggest impact on my kids. I especially love the "Mom Tips" - I've been visiting Smithsonian museums for years and didn't know half of them! - Elle, Mom of 4

"Take all the guesswork and stress out of visiting a Smithsonian with kids!" - Meg

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"These guides take all the guesswork and stress out of visiting a Smithsonian museum with kids. I love the practical logistical information from a fellow mom who knows how important it is to locate food and restrooms with toddlers! I also appreciate the suggestions for what to do with different age ranges, and what to prioritize if you don't have much time." - Meg, DC toddler mom

"Gets you and your kids EXCITED to explore and learn!" - Sarah

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These guides remove all the work and anxiety that come with taking your kids to museums. From best places to eat, to which bathrooms have places for pumping/nursing, these guides cover everything you need to plan an amazing and tear-free outing with your kids! Instead of dreading a stressful Smithsonian trip, the guides get you and your kids EXCITED to explore and learn! - Sarah, New mom

"My kids love filling out their own Passport for the museums!" - Will, Dad of 2

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"Living in the suburbs, we love visiting the Smithsonian museums year round. My kids love filling out their own Passport for the museums! They now see it around the house and ask when we can go get another "stamp!" - Will, Dad of 2

All Guides include a Passport for your Kids!

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Your Child's ID Page

My kids loved filling out their personalized page by drawing their picture, name and what they are most excited to visit!

Museum Pages

Pages for each DC Smithsonian Museum with spots to draw or write what they love.

Earn "Stickers!"

 The last page of the Passport packet includes a "Stickers" page. Your kids can cut and paste them onto the Museum pages after they visit each museum! 

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