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- • At the National Zoo, gorillas touch the hands — and hearts — of kids through their glass containment areas.
- • Tarantulas are fed daily in the Orkin Insect Zoo at the National Museum of Natural History. Great fun for kids, but not for the crickets.
- • Even small children are awestruck by the Lincoln Memorial’s 19-foot-high seated statue of the 16th president.
- • The National Air and Space Museum is a wonderland of technology and opportunity: Kids can walk through planes and a space station and participate in experiments.
- • The smell of fried seafood wafts across the parking lots and along the busy waterfront at the Maine Avenue Fish Market, a carnival of food kiosks and vendors selling fried fish, fresh oysters, soft- and hard-shell crabs and nearly every type of fascinating, weird, edible creature of the deep.
- • Kids are captivated at Adventure Theatre (www.adventuretheatre.org), a professional theater group that caters exclusively to children with shows like the beloved Charlotte’s Web and the amusing adventures of Frog and Toad.
- • Something’s always growing, harvested, dyed, dried, or crafted at Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia, a rendition of a modest circa-1771 frontier farm.
- • The Washingtons were a tad wealthier than the residents of Claude Moore: From the Orangery to its vast veranda overlooking the Potomac River and the winding path that leads to Washington’s grave, Mount Vernon offers children a world of excitement and room to roam.
- • Tweens and teens like the International Spy Museum, which features one of James Bond’s Aston Martins and tutorials on shadowing, trailing, and losing a tail.
- • No need to drive all the way to Baltimore to check out an aquarium; the National Aquarium in the basement of the Commerce Building is a hidden delight, unknown to many locals.
© Patricia Nevins Kime from Moon Washington DC, 1st Edition