Traipsing Around DC: Mommy & Me, 8th ed.

Traipsing around DC: Mommy & Me, 8th Ed. A fun link-up to share those special moments between mommies and our little ones. #motherhood @zealousmom.com

Our spring break tradition for the past four years has been to visit my sister and her family in DC. One of our favorite things to do while in our nation’s capital is visit the monuments and the Smithsonian museums. Each year, the boys get more and more into the sites. It’s so fun to watch their little brains work as they take it all in.

By the time we woke up, ate some breakfast, and took the Metro to the Smithsonian stop, our toddler was only two hours away from his nap time. Nevertheless, we were able to achieve some of our site-seeing goals.

At the National Museum of Natural History, We visited the t-rex the triceratops, the pterodactyl, the wooly mammoth, prehistoric miniature horses, and stood in awe in front of a shark’s mouth, among other things.

Traipsing around DC: Mommy & Me, 8th Ed. A fun link-up to share those special moments between mommies and our little ones. #motherhood @zealousmom.com

Next we headed to the National Air and Space Museum to see “planes and rockets” as the boys kept saying. This is one of my favorite museums of all. They have so many historic planes, shuttles, and aeronautic gear/paraphernalia. It even houses the original plane flown by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Both boys were especially impressed with the older planes and one polar plane that had wooden skies on it. In the picture below, they are looking into a cockpit at all of the controls.

Traipsing around DC: Mommy & Me, 8th Ed. A fun link-up to share those special moments between mommies and our little ones. #motherhood @zealousmom.com

I don’t like to spend an absurd amount of money on souvenirs, but the kiddos had been so good all day that we told them we would buy one item from the Air and Space Museum. It ended up being the best $18 spent in the last month. Both boys were mesmerized by their souvenirs…and still are. A bonus is that the word “Smithsonian” is printed on them, so we can at least remember where they came from.

Traipsing around DC: Mommy & Me, 8th Ed. A fun link-up to share those special moments between mommies and our little ones. #motherhood @zealousmom.com

We walked around for a bit longer, but just could not quite make it to Mr. Lincoln. With one complaining that his legs hurt and the other squirming so hard in the stroller that it almost flipped over, we just decided it wasn’t worth it. Our five-year old, Brooks, remembers it from his last trip to DC. We’ll have to make sure our toddler, Case, sees the 16th president and the reflecting pool next year.

All in all, it was a great day. You can’t go wrong with learning about national and natural history while spending very little money and making family memories. Thank you, DC, for a great week!

Traipsing around DC: Mommy & Me, 8th Ed. A fun link-up to share those special moments between mommies and our little ones. #motherhood @zealousmom.com

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Comments

  1. 2

    says

    I have some friends who were just in DC too! What a fun place to visit. It is on our bucket list for a family adventure sometime! visiting from Mommy and Me!

  2. 3

    says

    My grandparents were 40 minutes from the Vienna metro stop, so we would venture into DC often. Now that my grandparents are deceased, we aren’t up there as much. This makes me want to take the kiddos! Will have to plan that soon. My smart 6-yr-old daughter would love the Natural History Museum. It was always my favorite!

  3. 5

    says

    I swear this is the 5th post I have seen this week from mommies visiting DC! Was there a mass field trip that I was unaware of? Great pictures- it looks like you had a fun time!

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    louidam1 says

    What a great trip! I went to DC to work at a event one time and never had a chance to explore the city. I hope to return to DC one day.

  5. 11

    says

    I so want to tour D.C. It is so full of history and of course political influence. It is such a perfect way to feed history to ourselves and our children, and they don’t even know they are getting a lesson.

  6. 12

    says

    Looks like a lot of fun! We went to the Air & Space museum once but it was when my kiddos were pretty little. We definitely need to go again sometime soon. :)

  7. 13

    says

    I went on a class trip to D.C. back in eighth grade, and would love to go back. I want to do a family trip there when my boys are a little older so they can really enjoy all the Smithsonian has to offer!

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    Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says

    It’s so hard to get the littles around places when their are tired, and yet don’t want the stroller. You all still got quite a bit done! My hubby wants to do DC with the kiddos soon!

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    The Harried Mom says

    I know one day we’ll take the kids down to the smithsonian, the National Zoo and the other museums there. DC is a great place to see so much history!

  10. 25

    says

    My husband and oldest daughter spent last Easter in DC for a school trip. My daughter got to place the Easter wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown. It was such a special day for them! Looks like you guys found a ton of things to see and do while you were there too!

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    says

    When our kiddos were small, we took quite a few day trips to surrounding areas to see historical sites. It’s great looking back on old photos to see the things we did together. Your kids will remember the good times shared doing stuff like this. :-)

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    says

    DC is a trip we definitely want to take with the boys. I think maybe next year could be a good year for that! Graham loves facts and history.

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    thechattymomma says

    The best part about DC is living here. Seeing the monuments and visiting the museums never gets old. There is always something for the kids to do. I’m glad your family had a nice vacation. It’s nice to visit family and have a place to hang out.

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