We're heading out on a long weekend at the end of July and I would love your take on my planned itinerary. This trip is all about fun for my 5th grade and 2nd grade boys. We've been to DC before, but the only place we spent real time was in the Air & Space Museum on the Mall.
So here is what I have so far..
Arrive lunchtime Friday, park and leave bags at hotel (staying near Dupont Circle). We'll eat street food for lunch (my kids love eating anything from a cart).
We'll head to the Bureau of Engraving and hope they have tickets left for sometime during the day (we tried but can't get them through our congressman's office).
If we can't get into the B of E, we'll do the Museum of Natural History until it closes or we get hungry for dinner.
That evening we want to do a tour of the Mall memorials. I'm hoping it will be cooler and pretty by moonlight. Any suggestions on which tour to take?
On Saturday, I thought we could go to the American History museum in the morning, and eat lunch on the way to the Library of Congress. I was hoping to get in on a short family-friendly tour there- does anyone know the precise schedule? I really want the kids to see the main reading room.
Then we have tickets to tour the Capitol at 2:15 and the National Archives at 5:30. If we wanted to, we could get a tour through our Senator's office on Friday, but then we won't get the chance at the Bureau of Engraving. If you had to choose between a senator's office led tour and the regular visitor's center tour, which would you choose?
I thought we'd have dinner somewhere the kids would like- either Union Station since trains are cool, or perhaps somewhere on the water if we can take a water taxi to get there. Ideas?
On Sunday, I thought we'd start the day at the Zoo and then go to the Newseum around lunchtime. Option B is to skip the Newseum (I know my 5th grader would love it, but since my 2nd grader is just getting really fluent with reading, it may be too much reading for him) and go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and see a little of Alexandria.
We'll need to get on the road by 4pm to head home.
I'd love your suggestions on how to make this more kid-friendly. Thank you for all of your help!
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