National Children’s Museum Launch Zone at National Harbor: New Programming and Fun!

Washington, DC National Children's Museum Launch Zone at National Harbor: A Preview of the Coming New Children's Museum Last week the kids and I were invited to the Launch Zone to learn about the new offerings and programs, and a good deal has changed since I reported on the free children's learning site back when it opened. Although the upcoming National Children's Museum (NCM) at National Harbor is scheduled to open in 2013, kids can get a taste of what the museum will offer NOW at this interactive, Read more...

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Kleenex Save the Field Trip Sweepstakes

For years my two oldest children have awoken on Saturday mornings and immediately started begging my husband and I to take them to  "the outside zoo" or "the inside zoo." The outside one is, of course, the Smithsonian National Zoo where my family and I are FONZ members. "The inside zoo" is my kids' nickname for their beloved Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This is also their favorite place in the world to attend with their school class for a field trip! They call it thus Read more...

WEEKEND PICK: National Portrait Gallery Family Day with the Washington Nationals on Saturday

Photo of a past Family Day in the gorgeous (and air conditioned!) Kogod Courtyard.  Washington Nationals Baseball Family Day at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard is this Saturday, July 9, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. My family and I can't wait to combine two of our loves: art learning and the Nats! And this event is totally free. It's a summer Saturday home run! A Q-and-A session with two Nationals players will begin at noon; between 12:15 Read more...

Saturday March 19 Washington Kids Event: Kites of Asia Family Day at National Air & Space

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is hosting a Family Day tomorrow focused on the Kites of Asia - right in time for primo kite-flying season on the National Mall and just one week before the Blossom Kite Festival on March 27 Here are the deets from their website: Kites of Asia Saturday, March 19 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Throughout the National Mall building Admission: Free Experience the beauty and artistry of kites from across Asia, with a special focus on India and Nepal. Activities Make Read more...

New American Girl Kids’ Tour at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Celebrate Black History Month and introduce kids to Civil War history on their level. Attention American Girl lovers and families searching for free, fun ways to make American history accessible to their children: This Saturday the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is hosting a free event featuring American Girl Addy Walker and introducing a new self-guided museum tour for families! And if you attend on Saturday, the museum is giving away one Addy doll, and your child could win! This Read more...

Great Baltimore Kids Museum: The Walters Art Museum

I'm sure you guys are all veterans of the Baltimore's Inner Harbor or the National Aquarium in Baltimore day trip. But those trips are often exhausting, crowded and the fun does not come cheap. An alternative Charm City family destination is  The Walters Art Museum. It's FREE and it's awesome. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm., the Walters' Family Art Center gives kids interactive gallery materials any time they visit. ArtCarts for children full of free in-gallery materials are placed throughout Read more...

Montgomery County Heritage Days Saturday June 26 and Sunday June 27

Montgomery County Heritage Days are a great weekend activity for both the kids and the grown up History Channel fanatic in your family.  Music, kids’ activities, food – and history too!  There are over 40 sites throughout the County that are free to to the public. Heritage Days events that look especially family-friendly: Sandy Spring Museum - Saturday and Sunday. Story reading by children's author Mary Hogan and The Little Gym of Olney will have special program on Saturday Read more...

Free Weekend at the Phillips June 5 and 6: Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days

Next weekend, the beautiful Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle is waiving its admission fee and providing free family fun.  This celebration is in partnership with DC's Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, and live jazz performances will fill the museum both Saturday and Sunday. Kids are invited to listen to storytelling, create jazz-inspired sculptures to take home and touch away in the "instrument petting zoo." Of course, kids are also welcomed with to tour the museum and enjoy the art in an Read more...

Sleepover Outings Make for A Night at the Museum…or the Zoo!

Want to channel Ben Stiller in either Night at the Museum or Madagascar and spend the night at a museum or outdoors with the wild animals?  These are some seriously special sleepovers!  Check out these options - registration begins this week!: The Smithsonian Associates Announces the Return of “Smithsonian Sleepovers” The Smithsonian Associates presents a true “Night at the Museum” with a unique overnight experience for children, in the National Museum of Natural History at 10th Read more...