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Washington DC February 2016

on February 29th, 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Had a great week in DC with the kids. Here's our what we did, grouped by time so you can see what's doable in one day.

(more photos)

Saturday - Amtrak from Boston to DC

Sunday

  • Nat’l Air & Space
  • Hirshhorn Museum (check out the outside sculpture garden)
  • Castle (not a lot to see on the inside, but start here if you can since it's the main Smithsonian visitor center and a good place for info)
  • Sackler Gallery - The exhibit 'Remix: Peacock Room' is very cool. We just popped in for about 20 minutes to see this one exhibit and I'm glad we did since I had heard about the story years ago. 

Monday

  • American History (seeing the original flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner was cool and it's right near the lobby, but much of the museum was closed for updating)
  • Natural History
  • National Archives

Tuesday

  • Bureau of Printing & Engraving (watch how they make money - pretty cool - we reserved tickets ahead of time)
  • Holocaust Museum (ok for my 12 year old since she's read several books about the Holocaust. It was a little heavy for my 10 year old and I stopped her from watching the more graphic videos, which are hidden behind a wall to 

Wednesday

  • White House Tour*
  • RenwickGallery (small gallery with 10 interesting exhibits) right near the White House
  • Capitol Building Tour* (they're doing the first restoration project on the dome since Lincoln's presidency. Interesting, but you can't get a good look at everything inside the rotunda right now)
  • Library of Congress (very beautiful inside - worth a look)
  • American Art Museum(it's about a 10 minute walk off the mall, but great if you love contemporary art. We skipped the portraits and spent out time in the contemporary exhibit. They also have a cool inside garden and cafe that's beautiful at night.) 

Thursday

  • Adams Morgan shopping [UrbanDwell - great shop]
  • Walked around Monuments in the afternoon
  • Washington Monument (You can buy tix ahead or buy them at the visitor center near the monument. We couldn't go up since the elevators were closed for repairs)
  • Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial

Friday

  • More time at the National Museum of Natural History (6 min walk from our hotel)
  • Amtrak home

*Request WH and Capital tours through the office of your Representative. Eg. we went to http://www.markey.senate.gov/services/visiting

Lodging

  • Airbnb apartment (add link) for the first 4 nights
  • Courtyard Marriott for the last 2 nights (pool for the kids) - 900 F Street - great location, nice rooms and staff

Good restaurants

Europe, Summer 2014

on August 4th, 2014 at 10:48:33 AM

Danny, the girls, and my Mom had two great weeks in Europe.

  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • York, England
  • London, England
  • Paris, France
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Weekend Outing: MIT Museum

on April 21st, 2014 at 11:55:35 AM

Head to the MIT Museum if you have a free afternoon. It's a perfect size museum for kids since you can see everything in about 90 minutes. They have a great Moving Parts exhibit going on now, including the piece below which doubles as a place for kids to chill for a few minutes. Our favorite exhibit was the Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson. Go see it now before it moves on - well worth the trip. And while you're in the area, stop by Flour cafe and bakery. Everything that comes out of their ovens is delicious.

 

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