Washington DC has a lot in store for everyone; it is a wonderful place to explore for adults as well as kids alike. Given below are some of the kid-friendly attractions that would keep your kids entertained on your Washington DC tour.
Visiting a zoo is always a favorite for kids. The National Zoo in DC is a division of the Smithsonian Institution, located within the Rock Creek National Park. Admission to the zoo is free, so it is a must-visit place in Washington DC for all the young minds. Here, you can see around 400 different animal species including elephants, giant pandas, Komodo dragon, giraffes, bears, lions, and orangutans. You can even attend daily programs like feeding demonstrations, animal training, and keeper talks.
Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater
The Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater located at the S. Dillon Ripley Center is an amazing place for kids aged 2 to 16. This is a live theater that highlights heritage and cultural arts, living history, museum theater, and even accessible math and science. The folktales and classic stories are told via puppet shows, dancers, actors, storytellers, musicians, and mimes. The ticket price is from $5 to $8 and most of the shows are held on weekdays, at 10:15 am and 11:30 am.
Glen Echo Park
This park is located near Bethesda, Maryland, where activities like dance and arts for children and adults are held all the year round. You can see workshops, demonstrations, concerts, and even festivals. In addition, at Puppet Co., you can have fun enjoying a puppet show or go to the Adventure Theater for watching a theatrical performance by children. Furthermore, you can explore history, nature, and arts at National Capital Region. From May to September, the historic Dentzel carousel never fails to delight the children.
Wolf Trap National Park
From late June to early August, there are about seventy performances hosted by the Wolf Trap National Park. These performances are held at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods located in Vienna, Virginia. Many family-friendly performances like dance, storytelling, music, theater, and puppetry are held here at 10:00 am and 11:15 am from Tuesday to Saturday. This National Park also provides concerts, many educational programs, a holiday sing-along, and many other special events.
Natural History Museum
In this museum, kids can enjoy watching many artifacts including a huge prehistoric white shark, an 80-foot long dinosaur skeleton, and a 45.50-carat jewel called as ‘Hope Diamond’. In the Discovery room, you can feel the crocodile skin, examine teeth and jaws of animals, or even try on some clothes from across the globe. In the Insect Zoo, you can check out many live insects displayed as well as tarantula feedings.