The National Mall is one of the major attractions of the Washington DC area, with the presence of the Smithsonian museums, art galleries, and cultural institutions. It is also one of the most crowded places in DC. However, it is a great place to explore with your kids because of the several fun and activity options available here. Below are a few activities that you can try with kids in the National Mall during your DC tours.
Explore Flights of Fancy
The Air and Space Museum is a great place to allow your toddler’s imaginations take flight. The place offers a story session at 11:00 am from Thursday to Saturday. The stories include trips to Mars, winged creatures, famous aviatrixes, inventions, and hot-air balloonists. Furthermore, you can also go in for an activity for your kid.
Climb a Sculpture
Try climbing for a change. The 21 feet high sculpture of Albert Einstein near the memorial dedicated to him is a great place to climb. It is located in the southwest corner of the National Academy of Sciences. Do not forget to bring a camera to capture the heroics of your kids on the sculpture.
The National Gallery of Art is not just a home for amazing masterpieces. It has 19 flavors of delicious Espresso, oh-so-yummy gelato, and Gelato Bar. Once you taste the bars, you can grab a free children’s audio tour from the Acoustiguide desk.
Here, you get several other options too, such as tracking down Leonardo Da Vinci using the handheld digital audio players. Besides, the Information Desk provides booklets with a focus on kids. It features some facts about the French, American, Dutch, and Italian Art as well. If you bring colored pencils or crayons, it would be a great time for your kids.
Play at a Secret Garden
The United States Botanic Conservatory has a hidden treasure for kids – the outdoor Children’s Garden. This is a great place to let your kids dive into nature. With options such as gardening tools and watering cans, your kids will definitely love the experience.
Located between the First St Ave and Maryland Ave SW, this park also has a Jurassic garden. It has the recreated versions of ancient plants 150 million years old. Even the winters are a good time to come here because of the playing options available throughout the year.
Grab a Nosh and Cuppa Joe
Mitsitam Café is a great place to visit at the National Museum of the American Indian. It has Indigenous bounties along with several other delightful options. Your kids will love the delicacies here, while you can take a break from all the touristy stuff with a cup of coffee.