Let’s be honest, you can only watch Sofia the First for so long, and color for so many hours.
Luckily, there are plenty of indoor places for little bodies and minds to wander– one of our favorites being the National Children’s Museum. One of my 2013 goals was to check it out with my toddler, and it really proved awesome for the both of us.
The museum is specifically designed for the under eight crowd, but kids of all ages will enjoy exploring new cultures, foods, professions and more. Younger kids will love the partnership the museum has with Sesame Street, and padded areas designed just for them.
We first visited on one of the Free Family Nights, and loved being able to first check out the museum for FREE, and see how much there really is to do!
You can dance, play, jump and exercise as a family in one of the classes– my daughter discovered her love for the parachute (if only there was enough room in our basement for one). We’ve dressed up like firemen and practiced our driving skills. Just watching the older kids is motivation enough for my toddler to give just about everything a try.
Each time we go back, we discover something new she can reach, see or do. It’s amazing to watch her becoming a kid, and the National Children’s Museum is the perfect place for kids.
If you go to the National Children’s Museum, I recommend making an afternoon of it. There are great options for lunch or dinner nearby in National Harbor or across the Wilson Bridge in Alexandria. If it’s warm, head down to the harbor– there’s a padded play area and the all-you-can-ride carousel ticket is a great deal. We’ve decided to ditch the stroller for the museum, and haven’t ever had a problem finding a close parking spot quickly.
National Children’s Museum Information
- 151 St. George Boulevard, Oxon Hill, MD 20745. Parking is available in nearby garages and on the street. It’s also accessible by bus on WMATA’s NH1 line.
- Open Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open on Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.
- Admission is $10 per visitor over 12 months. Senior, Military, AAA and other discounts are available.
- GEICO’s Free Family Night is held each month from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Check the website to find the next time it’s happening.
- For More Informaiton: National Children’s Museum at National Harbor
More Indoor Fun
- The Young Readers Center at the National Library is probably one of our favorite places for cold mornings. Run (don’t walk) to their Friday morning story time!
- Head over to the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and check out the immense Rotunda on a short tour of the Capitol
- Plan a date and check out a winter/spring Restaurant Week in the area
- Sign up for swim lessons in the DC area- there are plenty of options for youngsters and adults looking to prep for pool season
- Check out the Udvar-Hazy National Air & Space Museum near Dulles Airport. It’s worth the drive