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Summer Fun List: National Children’s Museum

Once a month, the National Children’s Museum at National Harbor in Maryland has a Free Family Night. This was a great opportunity for us to visit this museum, which we had been interested in visiting since it opened last December.

Luke loved the giant world map near the entrance

It’s a small museum with lots of pretend play and lots of educational items packed into it.

The first area we visited was “My Town.” It had several fun play stations including a pizza parlor, fire truck, market, and campaign headquarters.

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The kids really enjoyed Pizza Place. There were several different pizza playset to “cook” with including Plan Toys and Melissa & Doug items.

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At the market, Luke was the cashier while Scarlett shopped for groceries.

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Then Scarlett brought her basket into the firetruck.

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Luke went to the loading dock to operate the crane while Scarlett did a USA puzzle at Campaign Headquarters.

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There was a tight race for mayor going on!

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The next area we went to was an international section. It had an airport baggage carousel, an exotic market, costumes, and a kitchen for “cooking” cuisine from around the world.

Scarlett shopped for interesting ingredients, then Luke drove her in a taxi.

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Time to cook!

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Next, Luke went to a classroom to do an art project. He and Tom made masks.

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Scarlett and I went to the room for kids aged 3 and under. This room had lots of toys, a food truck and a climbing structure as well as a place just for infants to play. And it was Sesame Street themed!

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Our last stop was Imagination Playground, a room full of pieces and parts to build anything you can think of.

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This was everyone’s favorite part!

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We spent several hours at the museum and the kids enjoyed themselves. I’m not sure I would’ve liked it if we had paid the regular rate of $10 per person, but for free it was a good time!