Category Archives: family field trips

Wegman’s Wonderplace Children’s Area at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Despite having more museums per square mile than anywhere in the country, Washington D.C. doesn’t have a museum dedicated just to kids. In our ongoing survey¬†of the children’s museums of the East Coast, there’s not a single one we can … Continue reading

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Just Streetcars: The National Capital Trolley Museum

“I love things that drive and move and moons,” Sprout announced to me the other day. When you’ve watched trains and ridden the Metro so many times you’ve lost count, what’s the mom of a transit-loving kid to do? Bring … Continue reading

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A Preschoolers’ Guide to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – a national treasure full of priceless specimens and engaging exhibits. But the perspective looks a whole lot different through the eyes of a preschooler, for better or worse. Living near Washington D.C., we … Continue reading

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9 Things I Learned While Visiting the New York State Museum with a Three-Year-Old

What has luminescent rocks, woolly mammoths and a Native American longhouse? Unless you’re from upstate New York, you probably didn’t answer “The New York State Museum.” But if you did, congrats! This long-standing institution was one of my favorite places … Continue reading

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A Very Merry Set of Trains: Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Gardens

“There’s James – he’s coming around the corner!” my son exclaimed, pointing to a tiny tunnel constructed of pebbles and twigs. At the U.S Botanical Gardens’ Seasons Greenings, the trains held obvious interest for the kids, but there was no … Continue reading

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On the Bus and Down the Rabbit Hole: Philadelphia’s Please Touch Children’s Museum

The heavy lion statues in front of the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia belie the raucous energy of the smallest visitors inside. Visiting Philly for our friends’ wedding, we made a full trip of it and visited both the Liberty … Continue reading

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Outdoors Family Challenge Day 7: Apple Picking at Homestead Farm

As a native upstate New Yorker, apple picking runs in my blood. In my fourth grade class, not just one, but two of my classmates’ ¬†families owned apple orchards. While the picking – and especially the cider – isn’t as … Continue reading

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