Arts & Culture, Museums, Weekend Away

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Offers “Walk Up Wednesdays” in April

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

As if you needed another reason to visit Washington D.C. in spring, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is testing a new admission policy for the month of April — Walk-Up Wednesdays!

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C. (Photo: NPS)

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can honor him with your family by doing service and visiting one of our National Parks, which are offering free admission to celebrate MLK Day.

 

 

Day Trips

On MLK Day Commemorate Dr. King at a U.S. National Park

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial | family travel
Credit: NPS/volunteer Bill Shugarts

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, entrance into National Park Service sites across the country on Monday, January 16, 2017 will be free!
(It’s the first of 10 days in 2017 that the parks will offer free admission to everyone.)

There are several national parks directly associated with Dr. King that you can visit with your family:

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5 Feel-Good Election Exhibits Across the U.S. to Enjoy With Kids

philadelphia | family travel
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia ( Photo: G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA)

As Election Day gets closer — it’s less than two weeks until November 8, get out and vote! — kids may be wondering what all of the election chaos and debates are about. Older kids are most likely talking about the media clips (many of them really nasty) that seem to run 24/7, especially in this tense election year.

We feel it’s important to educate kids about our democratic process and the country’s history with facts. And where better to accomplish this than our county’s historic institutions and great museums?

Across the U.S., museums are delving into the race to be POTUS via election-themed exhibitions. Visit Philadelphia has put together a great round up of the largest displays in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New York, and Cleveland.

These five exhibits, many at museums we’ve personally visited and love, have all the info on the decisions, rallies, marketing, music, handshakes and other fascinating details that are part of seeking the highest office in the land. So don’t delay, plan that family trip to show your kids our democracy in action!:

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Weekend Away, Winter Wonderlands

Want to Attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting in December? Enter the Ticket Lottery Today!

National Christmas Tree Lighting | family travel

The National Park Service will cap off its centennial celebration with the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at President’s Park at the White House in Washington D.C. on December 1, 2016.

An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark

Want to take the family to D.C. to attend? An online lottery to win free tickets for the 94th annual tree lighting ceremony opens today, October 7 at 10 am EDT and closes on Monday, October 10 at 10 am EDT.

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Arts & Culture, Day Trips, Museums

Spend the Night with America’s Most Precious Treasures at the National Archives Sleepover

Sleepover at the National Archives Museum.

Looking for an entirely new way to visit Washington, D.C.? Spend the night next to America’s most precious treasures: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!

We previously shared 10 Sleepover Spots For Families in NYC & NJ, but there is another awesome sleepover adventure worth the trip to enjoy with your family in Washington, D.C. — the Sleepover at the National Archives Museum. Kid President did it and loved the experience.

 

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