It’s the most wonderful time of the Year!
Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, the holiday season makes everyone cheerful. Families and friends visit their loved ones far and wide. Streets are lit up, merry music is being played everywhere and everyone everywhere is shopping for gifts or just hunting for good deals. So much going on, but the kids are still bored. They hate shopping, and definitely don’t like to dress up. Hence this year we kept dinner parties to a minimum and decided to take a trip to Washington, DC.
Why Washington?, you might wonder. Well, Its educational, and almost all of the museums are free. Also its only a 7-8 hours drive from Milton, On. (Where I live). However, It was Christmas season and hotels are expensive in the Capital city. Luckily I have relatives everywhere!
Planning your trip!
Okay, so White House tours are booked months in advance. So if you just decided to wake up and visit Washington like yours truly, then forget about it..
Get a Hotel room in a near by city, like Virginia. If you don’t mind driving 3 hours early in the morning, then New jersey is a good place to get some rest the night before your trip.
Be sure to pack strollers, diapers and tons of snacks. There’s lots to see and tons of area to cover on foot.
Map out your trip on foot, where you would like to begin and where the trip comes to an end. It will be much easier to cover most sites if you know where your going before hand. (Thank you google)
Wake up early and be in DC. by 8.00 am. Parking is hard to find and the street parking fills up instantly. Oh Btw street parking is free on a holiday. Good thing we went on Christmas Eve.
So, Here we go….!
Start out at the National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial and walk your way up to the WW II Memorial and then the Washington Monument. Since the museums open up by 10, there is enough time to spare. There are volunteers walking around and are glad to answer any questions.
As you walk past the Washington Monument, take a break and grab something to eat. There are tons of food trucks nearby. Your gonna need the energy! Decide which museums you want to start with and march on!
Keep in mind you will not be able to cover all the museums in one day. Believe me, we tried and failed.
Most of the Smithsonian Museums are within walking distance from each other. The Arts Museum and the Air and Space Museum being a children’s favourite. Older kids might also enjoy the Natural History Museum, with many wonderful displays. Here are a couple of my pictures from the Art Museum thanks to my wonderful twin cousins.
On the Right is the Exhibition about the Persian Calligraphy and on the left is the word “Monkey” connected in different languages.
I will not review all the museums for two reason; I did not have the chance to see all of them and second everyone has different interests. Hopefully, during my next visit, I will get to see the Postcard Museum, which is a drive away from the rest of Smithsonian Museums. It is a worth while trip for both kids and adults. Learning never stops and you can have more than a bag full of knowledge in D.C.
For those who want to visit the White House call and make a reservation months in advance. Im definitely going to go back to explore, so if you know something about D.C that I don’t, please share enlighten me!