When I began planning our trip to Washington, DC, I checked out a lot of museums and things to do with kids. Due to the fact that we live so close to a wonderful zoo with pandas, I thought it would be best to spend our time in Washington checking out different attractions. The kids and I were in complete agreement tonight at dinner that our favourite museum to date was the National Building Museum.
The National Building Museum
Located down the street from our hotel, the Monaco DC, the National Building museum was less than a 5 minute walk away. I had not actually heard much about it and found it very low down on a list of museums to check out with kids. The museum is breathtakingly gorgeous and worth seeing with or without children by your side. The building that houses the museum was built between 1882 and 1885 and the main space is amazing. Kids and adults alike will love checking out the architecture of this grandiose space.
One of two dedicated kids spaces in the museum is the Building Zone. Located on the first floor and an extra cost of $3 per person (admission to the museum itself is free), the building zone is limited to kids aged 0-6. You can purchase admission to the Building Zone for a 45 minute period. The Building Zone features a variety of kid friendly activities such as large legos, construction play toys, and a play house. We spent a majority of the time working on a magnetic board that featured pipes and tunnels. The goal was to build a roadway for a small orange ball to land in a basket. The kids really enjoyed this area but I would say that visiting it is not necessary for a perfect trip to the museum. I also would recommend it for children 4 and under and not 6.
Play, Work, Build
The second dedicated kids space is nothing short of awesome. We walked into Play, Work, Build and the kids immediately got to work. The area features vintage toys from the 50s, 60s and 70s as well as a huge play section featuring small blocks and then giant kid sized versions of the same blocks. My kids loved this area and we stayed in this section for almost 2 hours.
The BIG Maze
The Building Museum is featuring a huge maze this summer which is on exhibit until September 1, 2014. The maze is about 18 feet high and measures 60 feet by 60 feet. The more time you spend in the maze the more convoluted the maze gets. Once you go through the maze, its really neat to go up to the 2nd and 3rd floors of the museum to get a different perspective of the maze. Admission to the maze is $5 for children and $10 for adults and you can spend as much time in the maze as you would like. We went through the maze 3 times today and the kids were begging for more.