Last month we took the kids to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Historyin Washington D.C. The national museum is free for everyone and a great place for the kids to see dinosaurs or great replicas of wildlife. My oldest especially enjoyed the dinosaur and ocean exhibit. If the Butterfly exhibit is still running you should go and check it out. You walk through a small enclosure filled with butterflies flying around and snacking on pieces of fruit. My oldest thought this was so neat and when you walk out an attendant is there to make sure you don’t leave with any butterflies.
Parking is a little tricky. You can park around the Smithsonians for free if you are lucky enough to find a spot. Or you can park in one of the many parking garages around the museums. We ended up parking under the Ronald Reagan Building and walking over to the museum. The car stayed nice and cool underground and the price wasn’t too outrageous. Inside the museum they don’t allow snacking or drinks but they do have a nice cafe to grab a bite to eat. Caution: Around lunch time the cafe is very busy!
A great place to take the kids and the older they are the more they enjoy all the exhibits!
Baseball is back in D.C.! We’ve been going to games since the team started playing at RFK stadium in 2005. In 2008 the Washington Nationals were moved to Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. The park is a great place to take the family or just hang out with friends. The stadium has a great atmosphere, food and always seems very clean.With the recent acquisition of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth games are very exciting.
The stadium has plenty of things for the kids to do besides watching the game. A playground is available for the kids to play in. Screech the mascot is usually strolling around the stadium to meet the fans and take pictures. During the game you can root on your favorite President when they race around the outfield. The running joke was Teddy was never going to win a race but the Nats made the post season Teddy finally won a race. The newest president is William Taft and he can be found around the stadium before and during the game.
The concession stands offer many different types of food for the kids and adults. Right next to the children’s play area is a concession stand that sells kid friendly options like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If you don’t want to hit the concession stands you can grab a table at The Red Porch Restaurant while you watch the game.
National Stadium is great place to visit and watch a game!