8 Kid Friendly Things to do in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C., is a timeshare vacation destination beloved by American families, and many other families who travel across the globe to experience the U.S. capital city. Numerous museums and monuments parade America's history for all to see, learn about, enjoy, and even revere. That is, unless you're a kid. Museums and monuments can get kind of boring, you know?

Never fear - Parents Magazine has compiled a great list of really cool things to do in Washington, D.C., that will leave your kids with happy memories of this great city.
  1. How about a ride around the monuments at twilight, in a either a horse-drawn Cinderella carriage or a horse-drawn Surrey with the Fringe on Top? That would be fun enough, but add private guides - Beanie, Boomer and Bambi. These friendly Jack Russell terriers will love to sit on a lap for the ride!

  2. Or how does a Pajama Party sound? With none other than Honest Abe! PJs are the dress of the evening when the kids attend "Goodnight Mr. Lincoln." Held at the Lincoln Memorial, this evening walking tour is designed for kids 4 to 10, and their parents of course, with lots of fun stories and games.

  3. If standing in line at the Washington Monument is too much for the little ones, head to the 1890-era Old Post Office Tower. Here they can get a great view of the Washington Monument and the surrounding vistas from the 270-foot-high observation deck.

  4. A favorite stop is sure to be the National Zoo - and admission is Free! Right now on exhibit in the Elephant House are 2-year-old Kandula and his 9,200-pound mom, Shanthi; 2-year-old Kojo and his mama Mandara play together in the Great Ape House. And you never know when the Orangutan family will swing by overhead on the outdoor O Line!

  5. As you head down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol Building, stop off at the Capital Children's Museum. Here your youngsters can slide down a fire pole, scramble through manholes, and climb behind the wheel of a Metrobus. Older kids can star in cartoons in the Animation Lab or perform experiments in the Chemical Science Center.

  6. The Jefferson Memorial will be fun for the kids if seen from a paddle boat out in the Tidal Basin (see photo.)

  7. One museum sure to score big is the National Air and Space Museum where your kids can pilot their own aircraft in flight simulators, and test paper airplane designs.

  8. Take another Metro ride to historic Georgetown, and enjoy a mule-drawn boat trip through the C&O Canal. The kids can even feed the mules if you BYOC - bring your own carrots!
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