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Top 10 Things To Do With Kids in DC

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Over the past several years, the nation’s capital has become one of the most popular cities for young families to live. As young families move to D.C., they quickly fall in love with everything the area has to offer. This vibrant community provides kids and preschoolers with a wealth of activities and learning opportunities at their fingertips, many for no cost. There’s always something to do. 

If you’ve done the National Mall and the Smithsonian a thousand times and are looking for something new to do, don’t worry. You’re not out of options. 

Top 10 Things To Do With Kids and Preschoolers in Washington, D.C. 

Because there are so many fun activities for young families in the D.C. area, our staff at The Gardner School of Herndon wanted to share our top 10 list of things to do with kids and preschoolers:

  1. Spend a day at the National Building Museum. With two areas specifically-designed for kids, the National Building Museum is a great place to spend the day with little ones. In addition to enjoying their rotating exhibits, you can always visit the Building Zone, a hands-on introduction to the building arts designed especially for ages 2–6.

  2. Ignite your curiosity at the National Children’s Museum. Returning to D.C. in Spring 2019, children can learn to dream through the power of knowledge at the National Children’s Museum. With its unique approach to engaging the whole family in a fresh environment, parents and kids alike can revel in innovative science, technology, engineering, arts, and math-based playful learning experiences. Sign up to get email updates about the museum’s new opening date and numerous programs.

  3. Get your hands dirty at the U.S. Botanic Garden. If you’re near the Mall, a visit to the United States Botanic Garden is a great way to instill a love of nature in your children at an early age. Throughout the year, the garden offers free programs for preschoolers. Your little one will love watering the plants or digging in the dirt.

  4. Go back in time at the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. The imagiNATIONS Activity Center at The National Museum of The American Indian provides children of all ages with the opportunity to go back in time and learn what life was like centuries ago for America’s first inhabitants. Your preschooler will love exploring the ways Native Americans lived through a variety of hands-on activities. 

  5. Act like a grown up at Wegmans Wonderplace. Wegmans Wonderplace at The National Museum of American History is the first exhibition on the National Mall designed for children 0 to 6. There are plenty of things to see and touch for the youngest visitors, including a special area for new crawlers. 

  6. Explore the skies at the National Air and Space Museum. While some of the concepts and activities at the Museum may be a bit advanced for toddlers and preschoolers, the “Flight of Fancy” storytime is an activity your little one will love. 

  7. Sing along with the animals at the National Zoo. The Jungle Book isn’t your child’s only chance to sing with animals. The Zoo Tunes program lets children sing along to animal-themed tunes and listen to a story. It's the perfect way for you and your toddler to spend a weekday morning. Plus, after class, you can take a stroll through the zoo.

  8. Keep busy at the National Postal Museum. There are lots of fun things to do at the National Postal Museum, from sorting packages to (pretend) driving a full-size mail truck. Every Monday morning, the museum hosts a special story time at 10:30 and 11:00 am. After the story, you can stick around and enjoy a snack at the Byrne Education Loft.

  9. Stay cool at Georgetown Waterfront Park. Looking to cool off during the hot days of summer? Your little ones will love the 10-acre Georgetown Waterfront Park’s splash fountain. The park also provides a breathtaking view at dusk, when the lights from the Kennedy Center glow across the Potomac River.

  10. Spend a Relaxing Evening at the National Harbor. Overlooking the Potomac in Fort Washington, MD, the National Harbor is a great place to spend an evening exploring, dining on the river, or riding the Capital Wheel. The Harbor regularly hosts special events which include concerts, outdoor movies, and family fitness classes.

Whether you love fun food experiences, immersive historical exhibits, the outdoors, or educational activities the whole family can enjoy, the D.C. area has a lot to offer. Connect with The Gardner School of Herndon’s Facebook page to learn why families love and appreciate our D.C. area preschool, or schedule a tour today to see for yourself.