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From architecture to museums to history, Washington, DC is filled with fun activities for out of towners, but not all of them appeal to the young ones. This family-friendly destination has plenty of attractions that are entertaining for travelers of all ages, and to help our readers sift through the duds, we’ve picked out  the best places to take your kids in DC.

The National Mall

While it’s filled with rich history and long (and potentially boring) tours, the National Mall also has larger than life spectacles that more than amaze children. Really wow them with a visit to the top of the Washington Monument or a nice bike ride.

International Spy Museum

This is without a doubt one of the most popular kid-friendly destinations in DC. Rotating exhibitions, a spy school for youngsters and one of the best gift shops in all the land keep the romantic notions of espionage strong in their youthful imaginations.

Washington Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, or Wizards Game

Sports have long been an easy way to captivate the interest of children. The fast pace athleticism, hot dogs and hamburgers and the visceral energy of the crowd chanting, “De-Fence, De-Fence!” is an undeniable marvel, especially through a child’s eyes.

The United States Botanic Garden

Deserts and rainforests stand side-by-side in this small bubble across the street from the Capitol Building. There’s a separate children’s garden where playing and interactive-scavenger-hunt activities keep their attention for hours.

National Air and Space Museum

The most kid-friendly part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum amazes with historic aircrafts hanging from its ceiling, an IMAX theater and fun, interactive exhibits on the Wright Brothers, the universe and more.