International Spy Museum
800 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Tweens will be glad to know that this is not a place for younger siblings! Strollers aren’t allowed, and there are few places for tired little kids to rest in this sleek and sophisticated museum devoted to the fine art of espionage. Spy kids see real hidden cameras (or not!), learn about disguises and watch videos of how real modern spies were caught. Hint: It’s a lot of hard work. But even with all the cool gadgetry, the activity that tweens may enjoy the most involves a skill they mastered long ago. Crawling through the ductwork like a bug is one of the best things tweens like do at this Washington, D.C. museum. Open daily.
1001 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
The chances of seeing Washington D.C.’s most famous resident are pretty slim, but at this wax museum, kids can “meet” the president and first lady, plus a whole host of historical figures and celebrities. One of Washington, D.C.’s best things for tweens can also produce one of the best souvenirs: a camera full of pictures with some of the most famous figures in history. Open daily.
555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
You don’t have to be a junior journalist to enjoy this massive museum devoted to news – yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s. The 4-D movie, the Berlin Wall gallery, and the exhibit on ethics are especially popular, but one attraction that is definitely among Washington, D.C.’s best stuff for tweens is reporting on the news before the cameras in the Interactive Newsroom. Open daily.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Perhaps more than any other experience in Washington, D.C., a trip to the Holocaust Museum offers insight into one of most disturbing periods in recent history. “Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story” is specifically for older children and anyone interested in a shorter visit to the museum. Kids can see and touch Daniel’s things as they follow his experience. A trip to Daniel’s Story can help parents determine if their tween is mature enough to experience the main museum. Closed only on Yom Kippur and Christmas Day.