It's spring break! What are your plans? If you don't already have activities lined up for your kids, we've got ideas: everything from off-the-beaten-path museums to a kids' silent disco at National Harbor to taking pictures with all 45 U.S. presidents.
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Head down to the Tidal Basin for the
National Cherry Blossom Festival, which has events going on daily through April 15. The popular Blossom Kite Festival is coming up Saturday. Check out our cherry blossom coverage for more ideas and fun.
Yards Park, a riverfront spot perfect for recreation, picnics or a stop at one of the waterfront restaurants. Kids love the dancing fountains, and you'll also find a dog park if you decide to bring your four-legged family member along. Bonus: It's just a couple of miles from the new D.C. Wharf if you want to check out both.
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You won't need your shades for this one. Try out glow-in-the-dark mini golf at
Monster Mini Golf in Chantilly, Virginia -- it's a great rainy-day option.
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Find artwork in all kinds of forms at the
Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria. Perfect for your creative kids! Admission is free.
See D.C. from a different point of view during a spin on the
Capital Wheel at National Harbor. Rides are $15 for adults and $11.25 for kids. The harbor will also host a Kid’s Silent Disco on April 7 to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The whole family is invited and tickets are $5.
It's kid heaven at the
National Air and Space Museum, which has a massive collection of aviation and space artifacts. Check out the Wright brothers’ Flyer, the planetarium and more.
Looking to avoid the National Mall? Opt for the museum's impressive outpost, the
Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, which occupies a massive airplane hangar out by Dulles International Airport. It's home to the retired space shuttle Discovery and also offers the Airbus IMAX Theater, an immersive movie-going experience.
If you do head down to the National Mall, you can also visit other Smithsonian museums such as the
National African American History and Culture Museum; although timed-entry tickets have been a hot commodity since the museum opened, there are some same-day passes available each day, and a limited number of passes are available for walk-up visitors on Wednesdays in April.
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International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the U.S. dedicated to espionage. Learn about spies who have contributed to world events.
Are your kids interested in architecture and buildings? Head to the
National Building Museum and learn about the history and impact of architecture, engineering and design. Kid-friendly experiences include the Building Zone and Play Work Build. Tickets are $7 for kids (ages 3-17) and $10 for adults.
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Just about 20 miles away from the city, your family can enjoy thrill rides, shows and other activities at
Six Flags America in Maryland. The amusement park season opener is March 30.
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If your children love aquatic animals, head over to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It’s home to more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals. You can also opt for experiences such as an animal care tour, a behind-the-scenes tour and 4-D immersion films.
Explore George Washington’s colonial estate at
Mount Vernon. Although admission for mansion tours is $11 for kids ages 6-11 and $18 for adults online, you can also explore the grounds, gardens, pioneer farm and out-buildings for free.
The National Zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals from 300 different species, including superstar giant pandas Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Bei Bei. The zoo is also expecting its first new gorilla baby in nine years. Admission is free.