News: Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC Launch Self-Guided Tours for Kids

We’ve covered Washington DC with kids extensively on Ciao Bambino and the Smithsonian Museums are always a big all-family hit. The Smithsonian has listened to feedback that planning where to go with kids within their 18 museums is daunting and created eight tours with families in mind. The school-age kid-focused tours (ages 8-12) are organized by theme and museum, enabling families to customize itineraries to match their interests.

The tours are available on the Smithsonian Family Tours page and include a map and brief description of why a particular exhibit may be of interest to kids. These snippets also share creative tidbits to consider On The Tour or Before And After the tour. Check boxes enable families to easily note what appeals to them and then the final itinerary can be emailed for reference.

The format is not high tech, but it accomplishes the task with zero confusion.


Current tours by theme include: Creative Kids (Art, music, crafts, dance, photography, games and toys), Extreme Artifacts (record-setting feats plus strange and amazing things) and Time Traveler (tying years to historic events to historic events, people, fashions, and objects).

There are also tours by museum. The current round up includes: Air and Space, American History, American Indian, Natural History, and the Portrait Gallery.

Love it. The next time we’re in DC we’ll definitely give this new Washington DC with kids planning resource a go.

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