My family and I visited Washington, DC during spring break last year (2009). We enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city - including all of the "standard" DC attractions. Our hotel concierge told us that the Newseum was celebrating its 1st Anniversary that weekend and that we should visit. Boy, were we ever impressed. The Newseum has so much to offer! Our kids (ages 8 and 3 at the time) loved the interactive activities and the films that ran constantly. We got to see a large portion of the Berlin Wall - a great teaching point for our children. We looked at newspapers dating back to what seemed like the invention of the printing press.... I could not believe the number of newspapers they had on display. The Newseum was organized, engaging and downright FUN. Every level of the Newseum had something new and interesting to offer. As a photographer, I was expecially interested in the Pulitzer Prize winning photojuornalism on display. this display was breathtaking. Every inch of this place tells a story - it's the story of our country, our history and our lives. We didn't know what to expect heading in the door but we were very, very glad we had stepped in. We went to several musuems on our trip and THIS museum was by far THE BEST. I highly recommend this museum to everyone. Be sure, though, to reserve several hours for your visit. There are 4-5 stories of galleries to see.
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It's off the beaten path and the hordes that descend upon the Smithsonian don't often venture away from the Mall, but they should, because Hillwood is well worth the trip. On the other hand, the smaller crowds make a day at Hillwood far more enjoyable for the rest of us. Hillwood is a mansion, the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Post Cereals fortune. In the 1920s through 1973, she ran her business, toured the world, hosted the richest and most politically powerful people in the world, and amassed an incredible collection of fine antiques, jewelry, and art, including one of the finest Russian art collections in the world. Now it's all on display at Hillwood where you can also tour a greenhouse full of orchids, several sculpted gardens and have lunch (or high tea!) in their cafe. Just a short walk from the Van Ness Metro stop. Hillwood - where fabulous lives!
The best think about the Washington Zoo: it's free. We always take the metro train to the zoo. It is a good walk ater you get off the train, but my son always enjoyed the train ride. The zoo itself is big and hilly so you will do plenty of walking. go early if it is going to be a hot day. The food is a little costly so you might want to bring a lunch and some water. There is lots of animals to see so i don't think your children will go home disappointed.