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Randy Cox
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OK, time for a serious "off topic" question (speaking of which, shouldn't there be an off topic forum that isn't chit chatty or RSP-ey or what not?)

Anyway, we'll be driving through our nation's capital at the end of this month and if there's time, we will likely drop by some of the Smithsonian museums. After all, we have two kids (4.5 and 6) who would love to see the dinosaur stuff and the insect room.

Since Chit Chat Knows Everything, I am asking

a) where can you park? and if it's a park and ride lot, how do I get there and then to the mall?

b) how long does it take to see the dino stuff and such?

c) anything else, kid-oriented, that we should take in, considering we probably won't arrive in the city until around 3 or 4 pm?
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1. You could park at a metro station - I'd recommend Huntington Station on the Yellow Line - for free if it's a weekend (I'm pretty sure this is still the case). And then you'd shoot up to DC and get off at L'Enfant station if you want to walk a bit or transfer to the Blue line for all of one stop.

This gets you to the Mall (and all the Smithsonian goodness) pretty easily.


2. I'm without kids and without but a few hours (2-3) would probably do for them (and you *with* them).

3. Again, without kids I know of but cannot give a first hand recommendation of: http://www.mnh.si.edu/education/fieldtrip/planned_programs/d... for something hands-on at the Natural History museum and http://www.nasm.si.edu/education/schoolgroups/storytime.cfm at the National Air and Space Museum.

For kids that age, I'd think these two (animals/dinos and planes/spaceships) are the most captivating over the American History museum - at least that was the case for me as a kid!

and the general link: http://www.si.edu/exhibitions/kids.htm


I can recommend some restaurants if you're willing to travel (walking or via metro) a little, though you'd have to judge for yourself if they'd be good with kids =)
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The Natural History museum stays open until 7:30 during the summer, so you should have plenty of time to see everything. The other museums are all closed at 5:30, though. Depending on how much you read or skip, you can probably get through there in about 2-3 hours.

Parking is a pain, but there should be a garage under the Air & Space museum (if I remember right). It'll cost an arm and a leg, though. Taking the Metro is also an option ( http://wmata.com ), but if it's a weekday, you'll have rush hour crowds on the trains.

The Smithsonian has a visiting with kids guide here: http://si.edu/visit/tips.htm

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You'll be looking for the Museum of Natural History.

Parking is easy to find.

If you're not there until late in the day, you'll probably only get through this museum.

Air and Space is right across the mall and also fun.
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There is parking by the Jefferson Monument:
http://tinyurl.com/m7e7lz
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