National Treasures: 5 Things to Do with Your Toddler in Washington, D.C

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Kids of all ages will love the national carousel

During our visit to northern Virginia last week, my baby boy experienced snow for the first time, and also got to explore our nation's capital. We took a day away from the snow fun and headed to DC for some fun at the National Mall area. You may think the Smithsonian museums and other National Mall sights are not of interest to a toddler, but I disagree. My two-year-old had a lot of fun!

Here are 5 fun activities for toddlers at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

1. National Air and Space Museum
This was probably my boy's favorite activity. There's lots of planes, rockets, and other aircraft to see at the National Air and Space Museum, plus an entire area where kids can explore how various things work. My toddler spent close to an hour in this area - he absolutely loved pushing all the buttons and pulling on the gears!

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2. National Museum of Natural History
There are so many displays to see at the National Museum of Natural History - big and small animals, sea life, and oh yes, dinosaurs! Toddlers love dinosaurs, so this museum is perfect for seeing huge displays of dinosaur bones and full-size skeletons. Of course, use your own discretion on whether or not your toddler will be frightened by the sight of such big animals.

3. The Carousel on the National Mall
In the middle of the National Mall, there is a carousel for little ones to ride. We didn't do so this time due to the wind on the day we went, but plenty of other parents had their children riding!

4. See the art sculptures
As you walk throughout the National Mall, you'll see a few art sculptures outside some of the museums. My baby boy liked seeing such big structures and even thought this one looked like Mickey Mouse!

5. Walk, run, and enjoy the open fields
There is a lot of open space at the National Mall where toddlers can stretch out a bit and do what they do best - run! Take some time to walk around in-between museum visits and let your little one use up some of that built-up energy.

- By Melanie Edwards
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