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Heather Greenwood Davis

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Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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Visited: February 2013 | Submitted: Apr 3, 2013 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Interactive family fun

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The Newseum was one of our favourite stops in Washington. The multi-story space means that you could easily spend a day here and there's plenty for all to see and do. The favourites for the kids included making their own newscast video and participating in interactive trivia games. The price for entry is steep, so come early and make a full day of it.

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* Some of the news is of course graphic or age inappropriate so for the most part we tried to stay ahead of our kids to steer them in the right area * Lots of school kids here. Follow their lead and bring a packed lunch to save a few bucks. There is an on-site cafeteria but prices aren't low.

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United States Capitol

East Capitol St NE and 1st St NE, Washington, District of Columbia

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Visited: February 2013 | Submitted: Apr 3, 2013 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Capitol History lesson

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We weren't expecting much from this tour but it was well worth the tickets. We had a great guide who kept the kids and the adults engaged and included funny stories with her facts and trivia. The use of headsets meant that even though there were other tour groups with us in small areas we weren't distracted. All in all it was really well orchestrated

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It is very much a "stick with the group" kind of tour so little ones might be hard to keep interested. We climbed stairs a few times, so strollers would definitely be an issue too.

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International Spy Museum

800 F St NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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Visited: February 2013 | Submitted: Apr 3, 2013 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Get your spy on

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My kids loved this museum. Whereas most museums have only a bit of hands-on action, this one allowed them to assume and identity and become a spy. They had a blast crawling through tunnels, trying to remember their secret identities and learning to send secret messages

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The younger your kids are the less you are likely to get out of this visit. There are a lot of boards to read and it is probably best suited for middle school kids.

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Reading Terminal Market

51 N 12th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Visited: June 2012 | Submitted: Mar 30, 2013 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Great Eats on the go

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We loved the choice available at this market. There is so much to see in Philadelphia that stopping for lunch/dinner at a sit down restaurant can be tough. Reading Terminal offered us everythign from snacks to fruits to sandwiches to meals that we could either eat there or grab to take back to our hotel or along on our outings. Philly is such a walkable season and the Terminal Market's location makes it easy to access by foot as well.

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You might want to visit without the stroller for this one. It can get pretty crowded at the expected lunch/ coffee break hours and aisles aren't always stroller friendly.

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President'S House

6th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Visited: June 2012 | Submitted: Mar 30, 2013 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Exploring the backstory of the first President's home

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The boys loved this open-air museum that explores the lives of the slaves who ran George Washington's home. My older son was big enough to read and ask questions about the placards on the walls of the structure. My younger son got just as much out of it by listening to and watching the video vignettes throughout. I loved that this important part of history was in the centre of the historical district adding to a more complete picture of the nation's founding.

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Free and out in the open, it's a great place to pass time while waiting for timed entries to other local historical sites.

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