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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Helping The Grandkids Do DC

DC is a great city for hosting your grandkids. So much to do and so much of it for free. Of course, there is the National Zoo. But on the most recent visit from our 6-year-old granddaughter Audrey and our our 4-year-old grandson Owen, we headed for the National Mall. Here is what we did.

Kids love riding trains and subways. So. of course, we traveled by Metro.

Our 1st stop was the Smithsonian Castle. Both our grandkids love Legos, so the Lego model of the castle was a big hit. Then, we used one of the scale models of the National Mall area to talk about where we were going and what we were going to do and see. We usually pick one place and then let them choose one place on the mall per day.

Their choice was the National Museum of Natural History. Our 1st stop there was the new Q?rious science education center . Then it was on to the natural fossil hall for a last look at the dinosaurs displayed the way they are now. The hall will close on April 28 and won't reopen until 2019. Owen also got to preview the T-Rex coming to the museum in April.

Our choice for the kids was the National Museum of American History where we took in a special show from a one-eyed puppet master that was part of the ongoing Puppetry in America exhibition, which is on view until April 13.  Then is was upstairs for a look at Miss Piggy in the American Stories exhibit, Audrey loves Miss Piggy and we had just seen the new Muppet movie the night before.
And no matter how many times we visit the history museum, Audrey wants to see Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
The National Mall also has whole series of walls that are just perfect for climbing. Here Audrey and Owen wave goodbye to the mall until their next trip to DC.

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