There's a bustling, kid-friendly metropolis inside each Be With Me Playseum. The centers surround visitors in kid-sized "city shops", which offer areas to decorate cupcakes, play dress-up, or create art projects. Other hands-on activities aim to teach through imagination. A bakery, for example, doubles as a place to learn fractions, while a diner teaches good manners.
Whether it's the grocery or the pint-sized version of Chinatown, one thing ties all of the different areas together: books. The playseum doubles as a children's used bookstore, and staffers place different tomes into the most appropriate area. Books on firefighters will likely be near the fire truck, while reference books on animals will be inside a pet store complete with real frogs, doves, and other animals ready to discuss the hidden themes of Curious George.
Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. escorts guests on an interactive journey through American history. Only here, the past isn't manifested through movies, but through wax. Inside, The President's Gallery brings visitors face-to-face with all 44 US presidents, from Harry Truman to Abe Lincoln and his signature spinning bowtie. Cultural leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., stand tall nearby, and rock stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan compose silent jam sessions in the Music Room. Hollywood stars, sports heroes, and nonpresidential political figures round out the collection, which can be visited 365 days a year.
The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, celebrates women’s progress toward equality—and explores the evolving role of women and their contributions to society—through educational programs, tours, exhibits, research and publications.
Every cent given to the National Fund for the US Botanic Garden is like a tiny seed, which under the care of the non-profit's staff grows into more than 200 public education programs each and every year. These programs have an important mission: to show how the fates of plants and humans are intertwined.
It?s only fitting that a museum devoted to architecture is itself housed in a formidable structure. The National Building Museum's 19th-century edifice greets visitors with somber Union soldiers sculpted into the exterior?s 1,200-foot frieze. Corinthian columns 75 feet high and built with 70,000 bricks lead into the cavernous Great Hall, which soars up to 159 feet in height and captures the echo of groups as they follow the color-coded banners towards exhibits devoted to American and international architecture, engineering, and design. Drawing on hands-on children?s toys, drawings, photographs, and models, the exhibits delve into everything from the history of the American home to the evolution of building blocks and other architectural toys. Future-facing exhibits, meanwhile, focus on topics such as sustainable school buildings that employ recycled construction materials and singing plants instead of teachers. The museum shop practices what it preaches with an award-winning selection of sustainable housewares, toys, and books.
The news media is your connection to your fellow human beings who are rocketing to the moon or hiding in their attics. See how history is captured with today's Groupon: you'll get $10 admission to the Newseum, a $19.95 value. At the Newseum, you'll be thrust into a Zen-like communion with the very fonts of the global supply of information on historical happenings and magnificent milestones. You'll also get access to permanent and visiting exhibits, as well as theaters, historic papers, and tons of artifacts while taking in stunning views of the Capitol.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.