All of the Smithsonian Museums have great kids areas or ways to include kids in the exhibits but there is definitely 2 standouts. Natural History and American History. Despite being one of the most visited museums on the National Mall, my kids are always asking to go back to the American History Museum!
Below are my kids’ favorite things at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. For more tips and short cuts, be sure to check out my free PDF Family Guide to the American History Museum here with parking tips, the best times to go to avoid the crowds, age specific pages with Can’t Miss Exhibits, Gift Shop Alternatives and Daily Activities!
Top 3 Kids’ Favorites!
- Wegmans Wonderplace
This is truly amazing! It feels like a real museum (because it is!) with paintings and artifacts behind child safe glass and at their eye level. It is created for ages 0-6 and is perfect for babies and toddlers! Complete with a bathrooms and nursing room in the back and a gate with volunteers keeping kids inside. My favorite feature has to be the amazing kid-sized replica of Julia Childs’ Kitchen!
Free: Open everyday except Tuesdays for ages 0-6.
2. STEM Spark!Lab
Where “Visitors Become Inventors” Tons of stations to explore, learn, create, invent and test your inventions. When we visited, there was a school engineering team showing off their cool inventions. Located on the Main level, West wing.
Open every day 10 AM to 4 PM except closed Tuesdays for ages 6-12.
3. America on the Move
This exhibit on the Main Level in the East Wing is a wonderful place to explore! Toddlers will love going inside the huge train and subway cars. Elementary Kids will love the variety of vehicles and Teens will enjoy the retro vans and even a (gasp!) Plymouth Voyager van!
For more tips and short cuts, be sure to check out my free PDF Family Guide to the American History Museum here with parking tips, the best times to go to avoid the crowds, age specific pages with Can’t Miss Exhibits, Gift Shop Alternatives and Daily Activities! Then check out the other Museum Guides which include a Passport for your kids to use on their Smithsonian Adventures!