Kids Activities in Washington, D. C.

National Building Museum – Up to Half Off

National Building Museum

Penn Quarter

$16 $8

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Colossal 19th-century building's array of exhibits explores principles of architecture, engineering, and design

Up to 54% Off Guitar Lessons from Planetary Music

Planetary Music

Redeem from Home

$140 $69

Professional guitar instructors arrive at students' homes to teach them how to play one of the most popular instruments in modern music

45% Off Moonwalk Rental

Bubba's Bounce Houses

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$375 $206

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Up to 50% Off Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

Washington

$30 $15

Multimedia-rich guided tours through house built in 1842; museum exhibits on Civil War, slavery, and life of President Lincoln

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Membership

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Washington Mall

$12.50 $5.50

Museum memorializes the victims of the Holocaust, teaches its lessons, and aims to inspire people to prevent future genocide

The Kreeger Museum – 50% Off Visits

The Kreeger Museum

Foxhall - Palisades

$20 $12

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Set in residential estate, museum houses paintings by Monet, Cézanne & Picasso & hosts youth events with storytelling based on famous works

Up to 47% Off Ivan Amodei Magic Show

Ivan Amodei

The Historic Mayflower Hotel

$85 $45

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An award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

Up to 45% Off Crime Museum Admission

The Crime Museum

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$21.95 $13

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Visitors explore a simulated crime scene, practice investigative skills, and learn about notorious criminals in interactive exhibits

44% Off Music Lessons

Love Music Lessons

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$70 $39

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Up to 63% Off Face Painting

Faces By Jehan

On Location

$214 $99

Professional artist paints your party guests' faces with butterfly wings, superhero masks, and temporary glitter tattoos

Up to 54% Off Bocce League Registration

DC Bocce League

Kalorama Park - Adams Morgan

$60 $29

Glo bocce played on Wednesday nights at Kalorama Park in Adams Morgan features light-up balls and post-game bar time

Up to 55% Off Scavenger Hunt

United Social Sports

John Marshall Park

$69 $35

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Teams travel around the city, solving puzzles in search of places, objects, and facts before enjoying live music at an afterparty

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

McFadden's

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

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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.

100 Maryland Avenue Southwest
Washington,
DC
US

Considered to be the country's only public museum devoted to the history of global espionage, the International Spy Museum teems with multimedia displays, hands-on activities, and educational events. Filled with low-lit halls and mysterious doors, the museum backs up its exhibits with experience; many of its board members, staff, and speakers are former spies. Executive Director Peter Earnest, for one, spent more than 35 years in the CIA and its National Clandestine Service; frequent speaker Oleg Kalugin once held a position as major general of the KGB. Through special talks and an array of exhibits, the group reveals several hundred years of spy techniques and gadgetry, showcases connections between real spies and pop culture, and draws from international backgrounds to grant a global perspective.

In the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit, visitors explore the most memorable villains from throughout the James Bond film series, discovering the role the series played in shaping public perception of spying and exploring how the villains changed to reflect their times. Featuring over 110 movie and historic artifacts, a series galleries allows visitors to learn about the wide variety of evildoers from many perspectives. For an additional charge, guests can opt to embark on a simulated covert mission entirely based on real intelligence case files in Operation Spy, a one-hour interactive exhibit during which participants ride in simulated truck beds and use video surveillance to find leaked nuclear-trigger technology in a fictional country.

800 F St
Washington,
DC
US

William Wilson Corcoran believed in American artists at a time when most collectors bought only European paintings. The financier-turned-philanthropist made friends with masters such as Thomas Doughty and George Inness, bought what interested him, and even opened up his home twice a week so the public could view his collection. And that practice was the seed which grew into the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The formal location opened in 1874 with 98 paintings and sculptures from Corcoran's personal collection. Today, that collection exceeds 16,000.

The focus on 18th- to 20th-century American artists such as Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol remains—but that doesn't mean the gallery has blinders on. It also holds works by European luminaries such as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. The collection even extends into decorative art such as the Salon Doré, an 18th-century French period room once housed in Paris's Hôtel de Clermont.

In the same way the Corcoran Gallery extends beyond American art, it pushes its purpose beyond simply displaying masterpieces. Year-round events include lectures from prominent critics as well as live performances and wine mixers. The Corcoran even nurtures the next generation of talent with after-school and weekend classes that teach students how to draw everything from landscapes to landscapes covered with bowls of fruit.

500 17th St NW
Washington,
DC
US

The National Museum of Crime & Punishment shines a light on the dark underbelly of society with more than 100 interactive events spread across three stories and 25,000 square feet of gallery space. After resting their weary bones in an unplugged electric chair, fans of CSI can live out television fantasies at the Crime Scene Investigation exhibit, where they can learn what it takes to be a forensic scientist and watch professionals in action before trying to determine whether fellow museum-goers exhibit the traits of serial killers. The exhibit also serves as a crash course in fingerprinting, DNA testing, fraudulent-check investigation, and dental-impression and ballistics analysis. The museum’s many permanent exhibits include A Notorious History of American Crime, about the country's felonious forefathers, and an exploration into one of the most heinous masterminds of modern times in Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber.

575 7th St
Washington,
DC
US

The story of the descendants of the nation’s First Family is told at Tudor Place, an historic home hidden away on a Georgetown side street. The five-acre estate was the home of Martha and George Washington’s granddaughter Martha Parke Custis Peter. Five more generations of the family lived here before it became a National Historic Landmark in the 1980s, and now the notable home contains more of George and Martha’s memorabilia than anywhere outside of Mount Vernon. But because the home was occupied by members of the Washington family for nearly 200 years, its riches span the centuries, from original keepsakes handed down by Martha herself to more current pieces that tell the family’s rich history. The extensive gardens are particularly lovely in the spring, when many of the period flowers bloom.

1644 31st St NW
Washington,
DC
US

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.

1001 F St NE
Washington,
DC
US