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Curiosity Zone

703-723-9949

43135 Broadlands Center Plaza, Suite 123
Ashburn VA 20148

Age: 2 to 11

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The Curiosity Zone is a state of the art science and technical enrichment center for children ages 2 to 11. Kids can think, invent, explore and more. The Curiosity Zone offers classes, birthday parties and lots more.
 

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DAR Museum

202-628-1776

1776 D St., NW
Washington DC 20006

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum is a family-friendly museum with 31 period rooms, a touch area and various galleries. They have family programs throughout the year, mainly geared for ages 5 and up.

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DEA Museum & Visitors Center

202-307-3463

700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington VA 22202

Price: Free admission

Age: 8 and up

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The DEA Museum & Visitor's Center is the only museum in the country focused on drugs, drug abuse and drug law enforcement. The museum opened in May 1999 and features interactive kiosks, mini theater, literature corner and exhibit on the...

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Dinosaur Park

301-627-1286

13201 Mid-Atlantic Boulevard
Laurel MD 20708

Price: Free

Age: All ages

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Walk the same ground the dinosaurs did millions of years ago and discover the secrets of Maryland's pre-historic past at Dinosaur Park in Laurel, Maryland.   The park preserves a rare deposit of fossils from the early Cretaceous period and is...

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Discovery Station

301-790-0076

101 West Washington Street
Hagerstown MD 21740

Price: $6/ages 4 to 17; $7/adults

Age: All ages

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Discovery Station at Hagerstown offers a space with hands-on learning opportunities with interactive exhibits on science, technology and history.  Exhibits include: Early Childhood Gallery, Space & Beyond Exhibit, Dinosaurs (a full size...

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Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

703-425-9225

11200 Fairfax Station Road, PO Box 7
Fairfax Station VA 22039

Price: $3/adult; $1/child (Special events may be more)

Age: All ages

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The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum is a step back in time to the Civil War area. Make a visit and see the role it played during the Civil War.

Northern Virginia NTRAK has a permanent N scale layout in the caboose. In addition to the...

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Fire Museum of Maryland

410-321-7500

1301 York Road
Lutherville MD 21093

Price: $12/adult; $10/seniors & firefighters; $5/child; under 2 free

Age: All ages

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The mission of the Fire Museum of Maryland is to "collect, preserve, display and interpret historically significant apparatus and related artifacts, memorabilia and records of the fire service of the United States, and to educate the public about...

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Folger Shakespeare Library

202-544-4600

201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington DC 20003

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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Home to the world's largest and finest collections of Shakespeare materials, the Folger Shakespeare Library welcomes visitors of all ages. Family-friendly events are held throughout the year and you can visit their...

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Ford's Theatre Museum

202-347-4833

511 Tenth Street, NW
Washington DC 20004

Price: $3.50 and up

Age: 5 and up

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The Ford's Theatre Museum "combines a remarkable collection of historic artifacts with a variety of interactive exhibits to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Using environmental recreations, videos and three-dimensional figures, the...

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W St SE
Washington DC 20020

Age: All ages

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"The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the most famous 19th century African American." The museum is open throughout the year (seasonal hours) and you can tour the home (reservations recommended),...

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Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art

202-633-4880

1050 Independence Ave., SW
Washington DC 20560

Price: Admission free

Age: All ages

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The Freer Gallery, the national museum of Asian art for the United States, is adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle and very close to the Orange and Blue lines' Smithsonian station. "The gallery houses a world-renowned collection of art from China,...

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Gaithersburg Community Museum

301-258-6160

9 S Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg MD 20877

Price: Free admission

Age: All ages

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The City of Gaithersburg Museum is in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station and features educational exhibit plus lots of information about the City's history.

They are open Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

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Goddard Space Flight Center

301-286-3978

8800 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt MD 20771

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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Established in 1959, Goddard was NASA's first Space Flight Center.

Children's programs, model rocket launches, an interactive "Science on a Sphere," rocket and space capsule displays, and "the nation's largest organization of scientists...

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Hammond-Harwood House

410-263-4683

19 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis MD 21401

Price: $7/adult; $4/child

Age: 5 and up

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Hammond-Harwood House is the Jewel of Annapolis, the grandest Colonial house in town, preserved intact since 1774. It was the last project of the renowned architect William Buckland. In addition to its magnificent, perfectly preserved...

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Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden

202-686-5807

4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008

Price: $15 adult suggested donation

Age: 8 and up

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Offering family programs throughout the year, Hillwood Estate is a "hidden gem" in the city, one that you should take your children to at least once per year.

"Founded by American collector and heiress to the Post cereal empire Marjorie...

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

202-633-4674

700 Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington DC 20560

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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The Hirshhorn is the Smithsonian's museum of modern and contemporary art. This is a great place to ask kids what they see...Don't miss the Sculpture Garden.

 

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Historic St. Mary's City

800-762-1634

P.O. Box 39
St. Mary's City MD 20686

Price: $10/adult; $6/ages 6 to 18; under 5 free

Age: All ages

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Historic St. Mary's City, site of the 4th permanent settlement in British North American is also home to the birthplace of religious toleration and Maryland's first capital. Visitors will see living history and archeology on their visit to this...

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Howard B. Owens Science Center

301-918-8750

9601 Greenbelt Road
Lanham MD 20706

Price: $3 and up

Age: All ages

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The Howard B. Owens Science Center is a 27,500 square foot facility owned and operated by the Prince George's County Public Schools. They offer programs for public schools as well as a variety of other programs for the general public.

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International Spy Museum

202-EYE-SPYU

800 F Street, NW
Washington DC 20004

Price: $19.95/adult; $15.95/military & senior; $14.95/ages 7 to 11; under 6 free

Age: 7 and up

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Can you decypher the sentence above? If so, be the first to send Our Kids the solution for a free year membership. If not, it is time to visit the International Spy Museum, "the only public...

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Jewish Museum of Maryland

410-732-6400

15 Lloyd Street
Baltimore MD 21202

Price: $8/adult; $4/student; $3/under 12

Age: Elementary-age and up

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Founded in 1960 to save the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue, the Jewish Museum of Maryland bills itself as America's leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community. Two galleries present changing exhibits of objects and...

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Digging Up Dessa at the Kennedy Center
Imagination Stage The Princess and the Pauper
Alice in Wonderland at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre
Levine Music Summer Camp