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Who says a learning vacation can't be fun? Maybe the kids griped when you suggested heading to the nation's capital rather than the beach this spring (they were studying American history this year, after all). But that was before they knew how much fun they could have. Washington, D.C., is a lot more than boring monuments and stuffy museums. In fact, Washington may provide just the right blend of hands-on museum activities, outdoor fun, hip shopping and kid-friendly restaurants and hotels.

Well, one of my favorites for the kids when they were growing up is closed, but opening again in 2009. I hope the new National Children's Museum is as special as its predecessor (which was GREAT but not in a great neighborhood). I was going to recommend it:

Also, depending on ages and time you should see the aircraft museum at Dulles (BIG planes) and maybe save time for a Nationals or Orioles game.

Also, depends on age, but lots of fun to have the kids do reports and then see where people lived. DS did a report on Admiral Farragut and then we found his house. Lots of books on the homes of famous people.

Also do stories on the statues in the various parks. Easiest is Lafayette Park, which is also in the middle of everything.

Great time!


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