Moon Guidebook Author Names Washington DC’s Top 10 Sites for Kids

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With spring break around the corner—and the 100th annual cherry blossom festival in full bloom—thousands of kids, families, and teachers are beginning to flock to Washington DC. This spring break, Patricia Nevins Kime—respected journalist and author of the first edition of Moon Washington DC—offers her selections for ten can’t-miss activities, perfect for kids and grown visitors alike.

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With spring break around the corner, thousands of kids, families, and teachers are beginning to flock to DC.

Planning a spring break trip to Washington DC can be overwhelming, especially because the district provides visitors with an arsenal of fun—and free—history-rich activities. From the interactive International Spy Museum to the awe-inspiring Natural History Museum, visitors of all ages will never be bored in the “Capital of the World.”

This spring break, Patricia Nevins Kime—respected journalist and author of the first edition of Moon Washington DC—offers her selections for ten can’t-miss activities, perfect for kids and their chaperones.

1. The National Zoo: At this spectacular zoo, gorillas touch the hands—and hearts—of kids through the glass walls of their containment areas.
2.The National Museum of National History: Tarantulas are fed daily in the Orkin Insect Zoo at the National Museum of National History. Great fun for kids (though not for the crickets).
3.The Lincoln Memorial: Even small children are awestruck by the 19-foot-high seated statue of the 16th president.
4.The National Air and Space Museum: A wonderland of technology and opportunity, kids can walk through planes and a space station, as well as participate in experiments.
5.Maine Avenue Fish Market: The smell of fried seafood wafts across the parking lots and along the busy waterfront at the Maine Avenue Fish Market, a carnival of food kiosks and vendors selling fried fish, fresh oysters, soft- and hard-shell crabs and nearly every type of fascinating, weird, edible creature of the deep.
6.Adventure Theatre: Kids are captivated at the Adventure Theatre, a professional theatre group that caters exclusively to children with shows like beloved Charlotte’s Web and the amusing adventures of Frog and Toad.
7.Claude Moore Colonial Farm: Something’s always being grown, harvested, dyed, dried, or crafted at Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia, a rendition of a modest circa-1771 frontier farm.
8.Mount Vernon: The Washingtons were a tad wealthier than the residents of Claude Moore; from the Orangery to the vast veranda overlooking the Potomac River and the winding path that leads to Washington’s grave, Mount Vernon offers children a world of excitement and room to roam.
9.The International Spy Museum: Tweens and teens alike enjoy seeing one of James Bond’s Aston Martins and participating in tutorials on shadowing, trailing, and losing a tail.
10.The National Aquarium: No need to drive all the way to Baltimore to check out an aquarium—the National Aquarium in the basement of the Commerce Building is a hidden delight, unknown even to many locals.

For more information on Moon Washington DC, or more detailed travel tips and advice on planning a trip to Washington DC, visit the Moon Travel Guides website.

About Moon Travel Guides & Moon.com
Moon Travel Guides make independent travel and outdoor exploration fun and accessible. With expert writers delivering a mix of honest insight, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon guidebooks ensure that travelers have an uncommon and entirely satisfying travel experience. Moon not only guides, Moon inspires. Based in Berkeley, Calif., Moon is published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Visit Moon at http://www.moon.com.

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