Our spring break tradition for the past four years has been to visit my sister and her family in DC. One of our favorite things to do while in our nation’s capital is visit the monuments and the Smithsonian museums. Each year, the boys get more and more into the sites. It’s so fun to watch their little brains work as they take it all in.
By the time we woke up, ate some breakfast, and took the Metro to the Smithsonian stop, our toddler was only two hours away from his nap time. Nevertheless, we were able to achieve some of our site-seeing goals.
At the National Museum of Natural History, We visited the t-rex the triceratops, the pterodactyl, the wooly mammoth, prehistoric miniature horses, and stood in awe in front of a shark’s mouth, among other things.
Next we headed to the National Air and Space Museum to see “planes and rockets” as the boys kept saying. This is one of my favorite museums of all. They have so many historic planes, shuttles, and aeronautic gear/paraphernalia. It even houses the original plane flown by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Both boys were especially impressed with the older planes and one polar plane that had wooden skies on it. In the picture below, they are looking into a cockpit at all of the controls.
I don’t like to spend an absurd amount of money on souvenirs, but the kiddos had been so good all day that we told them we would buy one item from the Air and Space Museum. It ended up being the best $18 spent in the last month. Both boys were mesmerized by their souvenirs…and still are. A bonus is that the word “Smithsonian” is printed on them, so we can at least remember where they came from.
We walked around for a bit longer, but just could not quite make it to Mr. Lincoln. With one complaining that his legs hurt and the other squirming so hard in the stroller that it almost flipped over, we just decided it wasn’t worth it. Our five-year old, Brooks, remembers it from his last trip to DC. We’ll have to make sure our toddler, Case, sees the 16th president and the reflecting pool next year.
All in all, it was a great day. You can’t go wrong with learning about national and natural history while spending very little money and making family memories. Thank you, DC, for a great week!