Ah, your tax dollars at work. For you. Take advantage of this the next time you visit Washington DC. All the Smithsonian museums are free (lots of people still don’t know this), the Smithsonian offers other free things for kids too. Puppet shows, play rooms, and more.Below is a short list.
The National Zoo: during the winter holidays the zoo is alive with lights as well as animals.
As of the writing of this post, ‘Zoo lights’ the popular holiday nocturnal exhibit was up!
The Natural History Museum: offers hands-on exhibits for kids. Tuesday’s offer free tickets (while they last) to the Butterfly Pavilion.
The Air & Space Museum.
Check out the Freer & Sachler Gallery’s Imaginasia family program where kids can make art & take it home too.
Watch money being made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Union Station each years hosts a neat toy train exhibit. A similar exhibit is located at “The Train Garden” near the White House.
Every day during the summer on The Mall there is a free music concert. Artists of all types play on the steps along the Jefferson Memorial. There are also private museums like the The National Building Museum that are sustained by donations. Otherwise, it is technically free. This museum has a playroom and classes on building for children ages 4-7.
AND DON’T FORGET THE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. Its private- not one of the Smithsonian museums- but it is amazing. Each week they keep an updated calendar of things for kids to do in the DC area.