Smith­so­nian Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory

Out & About with Kids - - KIDS IN AMERICA - Big­bus­­ing­ton

and 19th Cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture and for the fab­u­lous, fam­ily-friendly precinct on the Ge­orge­town Wa­ter­front. Take a stroll along the board­walk, watch the boats, see the views of the

and across the wa­ter to Vir­ginia. Eat, shop, play and en­joy live en­ter­tain­ment and out­door fun all through­out the year. In Novem­ber, the foun­tain trans­forms into the mas­sive and is open ev­ery day through to March.

Kennedy Cen­ter, Water­gate, Key Bridge, Rock Creek Na­tional Park is an ur­ban park that in­cludes the 65ha Na­tional Zoo and a Plan­e­tar­ium – and ad­mis­sion to both is FREE!

Part of the Na­tional Parks Ser­vice, this unique ‘ur­ban park’ sprawls across over 700ha and was the third de­clared na­tional park in the US. Within the Park, the Na­tional Zoo (part of the Smith­so­nian) is home to over 400 dif­fer­ent species of an­i­mals. If that’s not enough to make you want to visit, ad­mis­sion to the

is FREE! Seethe Gi­ant Panda Habi­tat and Asian Trail and the Ele­phant Trails, and look out for An­dean bears, tigers, lions, cheetahs and zoo ba­bies! Pop into the only plan­e­tar­ium in any US na­tional park, lo­cated within the Na­ture Cen­ter. Spe­cial shows and show times cater for chil­dren as young as 4 years, and are suit­able for the whole fam­ily.

Zoo Wash­ing­ton Har­bour Wash­ing­ton Har­bour Ice Rink, Na­tional The Rock Creek Park Plan­e­tar­ium

uses high-tech Spitz soft­ware to project the im­age of the night sky onto a large, dome-shaped ceil­ing. Rangers lead chil­dren on a jour­ney of ex­plo­ration into our so­lar sys­tem, galaxy, and be­yond. Free tick­ets to plan­e­tar­ium shows can be col­lected from the Na­ture Cen­ter front desk up to half an hour be­fore each show.

Madame Tus­sauds has wax fig­ures of all 44 US Pres­i­dents

Pose for a selfie with his­tor­i­cal fig­ures – or opt to get up-close with 21st Cen­tury heroes in­clud­ing Tay­lor Swift, Mi­ley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Ri­hanna, Bey­once, Zac Efron, or sports stars and talk­show hosts!

Don’t miss a thing on a hop-on-hop-off dou­ble-decker DC bus tour

Not sure where to start ex­plor­ing this fun des­ti­na­tion? Big Bus Tours cater for the whole fam­ily, with pre-booked e-tick­ets sent straight to your smart­phone, and, with over 50 stops, you can hop-on and hop-off as many times as your ticket al­lows and dis­cover DC at your leisure. Reg­u­lar loops and plenty of stops make it easy to sight­see in your own time, or book a guided tour, with a choice of times, routes and land­marks and learn more about won­der­ful Wash­ing­ton DC from the com­fort of an open-top dou­ble decker bus.

From left: The White House, Lin­coln Memo­rial, Cherry Blos­soms, Sky­line at Sun­set

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