August 20, 2017

Washington, DC: 5 Places to Take Your Kids for High-Speed Chases, Spies and A-List Celebs

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When you think of Washington, DC, the Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol and of course, the White House come to mind. All great places to take kids, but if you’re looking for a little less history and patriotism, a little more spies and high-speed chases, then Washington, DC has you covered. Here are five great places to take school-age kids for a little fun, and learning too.

Crime & Punishment Museum: Your kids will solve riddles, decode ciphers and learn about state-of-the-art techniques used by law enforcement to match criminals to crimes through evidence found at the scene. Among the most popular attractions are a high-speed chase simulator, an FBI shooting range and the America’s Most Wanted television studio.

International Spy Museum: The only public museum dedicated to espionage, your kids will have access to the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display, including weapons, bugs, cameras and all kinds of spy-tech. Exhibits include “Spies Among Us,” highlighting celebrity spies and secret codes, and “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” which studies how cyber-attacks can cripple a nation.

Madame Tussauds: Where else can you and your kids meet all 44 presidents, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Tiger Woods and Rihanna all in one afternoon? Open at 10 a.m. 365 days a year, get ready to mix and mingle with Hollywood’s A-listers or dance the night away with today’s leading pop stars.

Newseum: This 250,000 square-foot museum of news offers you and your kids a hands-on experience of the making of news over five centuries. Top exhibits include the 9/11 Gallery, featuring newspaper covers from around the world the day after the World Trade Center towers were struck, as well as the NBC News Interactive Newsroom, which gives visitors a chance to play reporter or photographer.

On Location Tours: If your little ones need a break from walking, take a three-hour bus tour to see the bar from St. Elmo’s Fire, the steps of The Exorcist house and the shopping mall from True Lies. On the bus, show off your knowledge of TV theme songs as a local actor leads a sing-a-long and shares local history of each passing movie location. Tours run on Saturdays at 10 a.m. year-round and leave from Union Station.

Have you taken your kids to Washington, DC? What are a few of your favorite places to visit in the city?

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