Letting the kids lead the way in Washington, D.C.
Paper airplane contest at National Air And Space Museum

Letting the kids lead the way in Washington, D.C.

On a rainy day, grab an umbrella and go to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “Nobody’s there,” reports 11-year-old Sean, who is from suburban Virginia and was one of the local and visiting kids we interviewed for my new “Kid’s Guide to Washington, D.C.” While you are there, pick up a mini Washington Monument, “The best souvenir from Washington, D.C.!” offers William, 12, who lives in suburban Maryland.

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Some museums are more than worth the admission

Certainly you could spend all of your time in Washington, DC without paying to enter a museum—there are plenty of free ones to choose from. But two on our list are private and to the high school boys I’d taken to see the sites for the weekend they were worth the cost of admission.

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Include a museum stop on your family’s Spring Break
Making critters at Boudin Bakery in SF

Include a museum stop on your family’s Spring Break

Wherever you are this winter or wherever you’re planning to go for spring break (check out our ideas for Spring Break 2013, take time to visit a museum exhibit that would especially interest your family.

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Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond

This January, of course, also marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and I can’t think of a better time than this winter — February is Black History Month — to explore civil rights in Washington and beyond.

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Touring on a bike offers new insights and fun
ABC Boys get ready for bike ride on the National Mall

Touring on a bike offers new insights and fun

it’s worth checking out a bike tour wherever you are visiting with the kids. You can bike along the new beach promenade in Clearwater, Fla., or sample Portland’s famous local eats on a Bites by Bike tour that claims it is the best in the country for cyclists, offering an extensive network of trails.

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Spy and crime museums — a hit with the high school boys
Westport ABC boys at the sculpture of Albert Einstein on the National Mall

Spy and crime museums — a hit with the high school boys

Certainly you could spend all of your time in Washington, DC without paying to enter a museum—there are plenty of free ones to choose from. But two on our list are private and, the boys said, were worth the cost of admission.

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Touring the museums in Washington with the ABC boys
Remember the Children exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC

Touring the museums in Washington with the ABC boys

One of the best things about Washington, DC is that so many museums are free. We aim to hit as many as we can.This time, instead of trying to see all that the Holocaust Museum or the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History has to offer, I tried to pinpoint certain exhibits I thought would most interest the boys from the Westport ABC House

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