Kids visiting (or hoping to visit) DC this summer are in for an extra special treat – DC Cool Kids. A one-stop shop for kid-friendly content, DC Cool Kids is the place to go to print out a free color or black-and-white DC Cool Kids Activity Guide and to read up on kid-approved content to best explore DC.
See the favorite spots of local kids who live in the District with our DC Kid Insiders, check out the city’s many free attractions, follow along closely on an exciting three-day itinerary or plan a dinner at one of a number of family-friendly restaurants.
The booklet for kids ages 3 and up is packed with activities like connect the dots, a word search, fun facts and travel tips, plus it includes the DC Cool Kids Contest with a chance to win a free trip back to the nation’s capital in summer 2015.
The passport-inspired prize package – earned when youngsters collect a stamp at each of the five participating attractions (see below) between May 23 and Sept. 1 – includes round-trip transportation provided by either Amtrak or American Airlines, a three-night hotel stay at Hotel Palomar, tickets to awe-inspiring museums and even more.
To obtain a FREE DC Cool Kids Activity Guide:
• Print out a color or black-and-white guide online.
• Pick up a guide in person from various hotels or one of the partners below (while supplies last).
Where to get stamped!
One of DC’s most visited attractions, the Newseum offers a look through the history of news in a state-of-the-art space with a newsroom and 15 galleries that give the ultimate inside scoop on news both current and old. The experience comes complete with a “Be a Reporter” display where kids can tape their own newscasts and watch them later online, plus go beyond three dimensions with its signature 4-D movie experience.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Moon rock you can touch? Check. Spaceships to explore? Check. Flight simulators you can take for a spin? Check. The largest museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum holds the world’s largest and most impressive collection of aviation and space artifacts. There’s a reason it’s the most-visited museum in the United States. Visitors can get a spectacular tutorial about how things fly, the history of aviation, the first trip to the moon and how space travel has helped us better-understand our own planet.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
If you’ve never snooped around a U.S. President’s house, you don’t know what you’re missing! Along the Potomac River in Northern Virginia sits the 50-acre estate of first president George Washington. Guests visiting Mount Vernon today will see the mansion, a working blacksmith shop, a demonstration farm with a reconstructed slave cabin, a 16-sided treading barn and much more. In addition, activities like Spy Training at Mount Vernon offer fresh and fun educational experiences.
Popular pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and baby Bao Bao, are awaiting your arrival at the National Zoo. In DC’s animal kingdom, there are 2,000 animals of nearly 400 species, and plenty of other pups, cubs and babies to ogle, like newborn baby sloth, Remi. The zoo isn’t just a place for visitors to see animals either, it is a research center that teaches visitors about the importance of wildlife and conservation.
National Museum of American History
Equipped with some of the nation’s most prized national treasures, the National Museum of American History collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts. The museum is home to the 200-year-old Star-Spangled Banner, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Abraham Lincoln’s iconic top hat, among many other items. The year 2014 is an extra special year to visit the museum for its big three anniversaries: the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner flag, the 100th anniversary of the First Ladies exhibition and the museum’s 50th birthday.