Places to Go - The National Building Museum (Washington D.C.)

Today's predicted high is 38 degrees and snow covers the ground - not exactly park weather. So what to do? A few months ago, I wrote a post summarizing some great indoor playareas and museums in the DC area (click here to view it), of the places listed one of my absolute favorites is the National Building Museum. First of all, it's free. Second of all, it's beautiful. And third of all, against all odds, it is kid-friendly, extremely kid-friendly. The museum hosts a playspace called the Building Zone, full of all types of blocks and building toys. Plus a playhouse. On weekends, lines for entry often form. Luckily, on days when the Building Zone exceeds capacity, the museum usually fills the lobby with tons of kids' building toys. So you can enjoy the fountains and the scenery and the kids can play and play (even toddlers love it). If you want to bond as a family, the museum has activity kits, one of which includes huge blocks to build an arch. A pretty high arch (almost 7 feet). For young kids, the arch's highlight resides in their ability to knock it down. The premises also include a great gift store and a small cafe (think snacks, not meals). And, of course, the museum hosts rotating exhibits about buildings and architecture, which I've never managed to see (though hope to visit one day). The location, down the street from the Verizon center, can make street parking difficult, but there are several paid garages in the area. For more information, click here.


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