By Guest Blogger Annabelle Humanes
Your Day-by-Day Family Itinerary for Washington DC
Trying to plan a fun-filled, kid-friendly weekend in Washington DC? With so many amazing and free museums, it can be difficult to choose. Here are some suggestions to help you plan out your family itinerary for Washington DC.
AM: National Museum of the American Indian
Most likely our favorite museum in Washington. We spent a lot longer there than planned. In particular, the interactive area for the children was great fun for our 5-year-old. Kids get a passport and have to stamp their way through the different American Indian tribes by discovering traditions and customs. We also loved the little library area.
Lunch: Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian
While you are there, you might as well stay for lunch. It is not a cafeteria like the others. It serves typical American Indian food from all parts of the American continent and it is delicious!
PM: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The most popular museum in D.C. holds the largest collection of aircrafts in the world. Kids of all ages will be fascinated and mesmorised at all the different vehicles.
The Carousel on the National Mall
If you would rather spend some time outdoors and let the kids run around for a little while, you can, of course, walk along the Mall. Why not take a spin or two on an old-fashioned carousel?
Dinner: Rosa Mexicano
This family-friendly restaurant is located near Chinatown and is within walking distance from the Mall if your little ones’ legs are still up to it. The fresh guacamole is excellent and they even provided chunks of avocadoes for our 9-months-old. Plenty of kids options and great food and cocktails for the adults too.
AM: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Whether you have young or older children, you are sure to find something there to interest them. My girl was mostly interested in the dinosaurs. But she also loved the “shiny rocks” (Hope Diamond). We paid a fee to visit the butterly tunnel where you come close to butterlies of all kinds and can see them feed and fly (only a few inches away from you).
Why not try a food truck in the Mall? If the weather is good enough, you’re sure to find something to fill your stomach from Ethiopian to Mexican to German sausages. The amazing diversity makes for some culinary education for the whole family.
PM: National Museum of American History
While this was not our favorite museum, we could not miss the Star-Spangled banner. The story inside is a little more disjointed than in some of the other museums. But it is worth a quick visit. Our girl also loved the exhibit with the Frist Ladies’ dresses. Overall, there is a lot less for young children though.
If you still have some time and some leg power left, you should of course, walk past the White House for the obligatory picture.
Treat: Red Velvet Cupcakery
One last treat before heading home? Try the Red Velvet cupcakes. My favourite is the cookies and cream one!
Annabelle is a former linguist, mum to two little European citizens. Currently living in Germany, she writes about life as a displaced multilingual mum. You can find her at www.thepiripirilexicon.com and on Twitter at @pirilexicon.