When it comes to finding fun things to do around Washington, D.C., Kirstie Tucker is your go-to gal. Her popular website, Kids Will Travel, helps families plan their trip to the nation’s capital, whether they are locals or out-of-towners. Kids Will Travel also provides helpful information, such as hours of operation and any applicable costs, for a variety of popular D.C. destinations as well as the not so popular yet equally fun family attractions.
Planning to stay home for spring break this year? No need to stress about what to do to keep the kids busy. Kirstie Tucker, local travel expert and owner of the popular website Kids Will Travel, offers her tips on how to have a totally fun spring break staycation.
Explore Penn Quarter
This bustling neighborhood has one attraction your kids are sure to enjoy—the International Spy Museum. “One experience to try is the Spy in the City,” recommends Kirstie. Visitors pretend that they are a secret agent on a mission to protect the nation’s security. “You use an interactive GPS device as your guide and walk through the city streets around the Verizon Center to Freedom Plaza. It’s a great way to see the sights and play a game,” explains Kirstie. Spy in the City is recommended for children ages 10 and up.
Have Some Fun Outside
Great for children of all ages, the Sandy Spring Adventure Park is sure to help make your spring break staycation super exciting. Climb trees, ride the zip line or figure your way out of a challenging wooden labyrinth. Start your journey at the Adventure Forest where you will find 13 trails, 29 zip lines, six difficulty levels and almost 200 challenging bridges. Or, head over to the Monkey Grove which provides 10 trees to test your climbing skills. “This beautiful spot is perfect to explore in the spring,” says Kirstie. “Stay late as the park offers twilight climbs on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 7 p.m.”
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Be a Reporter
Encourage your child to step into the limelight at the Newseum. The Newseum is a dynamic and interactive museum that allows visitors to experience major news stories through the eyes of journalists. “We have found that it naturally brings out the curiosity in a child as they wander through the major world events of recent history,” Kirstie explains. View Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, learn more about the Berlin Wall or check out the daily front page of major newspapers from around the country. “But the hit of the visit,” says Kirstie, “will be the opportunity to pretend to be a TV reporter. It is great fun to realize pointing to that weather map isn’t as easy as it looks.”
Go See a Show
Expand your child’s entertainment options with a ticket to a Kennedy Center show. “The Kennedy Center regularly offers performances for younger audiences and are well worth seeing.” Some shows to consider include the Magic Horn, a National Symphony Orchestra family concert. This show is perfect for kids age five and older. Older kids will enjoy “Somewhere in Quixote,” a musical theater production from the Ron Lala Theater Company which tells the tale of Don Quixote. The Kennedy Center also offers free performances every day on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.
Fly Through the Air
For the ultimate spring break staycation experience, grab the kids and head over to the Trapeze School. Just as the name suggests, the Trapeze School teaches kids and adults the art of the flying trapeze. “You will fly through the air with the greatest of ease and probably find your children are a lot braver than you are,” Kirstie jokes. Instructors walk you through the entire process plus each class provides a great deal of support. Other classes offered at the school include trampoline, balancing and acrobatics, juggling, aerial silks and aerial hoop. The Trapeze School also offers mini-workshops, summer camps and an all-day circus experience.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.