I think summer is one of the best times to visit the Smithsonians with kids if you are visiting or live in the area. They are Free, Air-Conditioned, and Spark Curiosity for your kids! But there is a flip side to summer visits…the tourists! So below are 3 Survival Tips for taking kids to the Smithsonian Museums in DC during the Summer.
Have you heard the phrase “the battle is won in training”? May be a little extreme connection to museum trip planning but then again, it might not be too far off! A great day at the museum with your kids can be won or lost in the prep. I’m all for a spontaneous family trip, but Smithsonians with kids often take a little more planning.
This museum is the Hidden Gem of Smithsonians and definitely the “easiest” of the Smithsonians with kids! Excellent hands-on exhibits and the largest collection of stamps in the world. And the museum is right next to Union Station which makes it perfect for metro, parking and dozens of food options from Shake Shack to Chipotle!
The 2nd most asked question I get is about family friendly food options near the Smithsonian Museums and the National Mall. (The MOST asked question is definitely…
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!
Did you know the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in DC is the most visited museum in the USA?! If you ever visited on a summer or weekend morning, then I’m sure you can agree it gets a little crazy. However I am here to share some tips, hacks and short cuts to survive the crowds and actually enjoy this incredible museum!
The Smithsonian National Zoo is much more than your average zoo! It is a beautiful park on 163 acres with incredible animals (pandas!) and also a live action science research institute with the motto,”We Save Species!”