DC is a fabulous town for visiting with kids but an visiting museums and monuments for an entire vacation has its limits. Here are some suggestions you might consider. Links to websites are displayed in red.
- Recommended books to help plan your kid-friendly vacation:
- "Mission Washington, DC: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure (for Kids)" by Catherine Aragon
- "Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian: The Official Kids Guide to the Smithsonian Institution" by Emily B. Korrell
- Glen Echo Park: the premier amusement park in the Washington area until it closed 1968. Today, Glen Echo still has been restored and has a lot to offer including a 1921 restored carousel and a children's theater. The park is particularly great at night when all the neon lights are lit up. Check the Glen Echo website for schedules and hours of operation. The park is only 7 miles away but there is no Metro nearby. If you don't have a car, Uber is the best option. lin
- Boomerang Pirate Ship: Great family fun, kids love it when the boat is "attacked" by a pirate and must defend the ship with a water canon. Just be aware that the adult cruises are for the beer-drinking college crowd. Cruises start from the Georgetown waterfront.
- Washington Nationals: seeing a major league game is a wonderful way for the family to spend an evening and is only a Metro ride away. Tickets can be purchased online.
- Kennedy Center: offers a full calendar of family-friendly concerts and performances.
- Smithsonian: off lots of age appropriate activities and exhibits and best of all, remember that Smithsonian museums are free.