Here's a sample of activities that you and your family can enjoy together. We have something for children of all ages from tots to teens.
Our two IMAX theaters are the largest in the area and offer an immersive movie-going experience. The Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History offers state-of-the-art digital 2D, 3D, and 35mm films.
The best in live performing arts, this venue provides a variety of educational and cultural programs for both kids and adults.
Located on the National Mall near the Smithsonian Castle, the carousel is open year-round, weather permitting for a nominal fee.
Get your hands on history with interactive carts, step right into history with our Historic Theater, and more!
Hands-on space for children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent.
This 1,700-square-foot interactive space in the National Museum of American History provides the youngest historians with age-appropriate activities and experiences.
Experience the excitement of state-of-the-art motion simulation and celebrate America's love for adventure!
Discover Asian artworks and combine Freer|Sackler gallery experiences with art projects through a variety of programs and resources for young people and families. This is perfect for a family outing.
Bring your young, budding artists and participate in fun hands-on activities at the Smithsonian American Art Museum that will be sure to spark their creativity! Visit the Luce Center to check out secret eye miniatures, audio tours, cool jewelry, and scavenger hunts.
Designed to “inform, involve, and inspire,” Portrait Gallery programs invite the discovery of art and history through a variety of hands-on activities.
Meet Owney the Dog, the mascot of the Railway Post Office. He is just one of the 10 fun things to do with kids at the museum.
Highlights include the Insect Zoo, Q?rius jr. Discovery Room, Live Butterflies.
Q?rius (pronounced "curious") is an interactive and experimental learning space. Visitors can use microscopes, handle some of the 6,000 collection objects, solve science puzzles, do touchscreen activities, and even meet a scientist.
Feel the sensation of zooming through the cosmos, enveloped in color saturated moving images and spine-tingling sound at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall.
Climb aboard an interactive flight simulator or take an exciting virtual trip on board one of our passenger ride simulators at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall and at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (fee)
The center at the American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C., provides visitors of all ages with a multitude of unique learning experiences.
In this family-friendly, interactive space in the New York museum, visitors of all ages explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world. This exploration is made even more fun by solving puzzles, performing experiments, and playing state-of-the-art computer simulations.
Highlights include Tiger Tracks, Amazonia Science Gallery, Reptile Discovery Center, Kids' Farm, and the Conservation Carousel.
Check out kid-friendly programs on our event calendar.
Imagine rolling out your sleeping bag at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner or beneath a 50-foot whale! A night of adventure awaits you and your family.
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