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Cheap Things to Do With Kids in Washington DC


Washington D.C. may seem like it's just a place for serious school trips and adults. However, there are plenty of great choices for kids, as well -- many of which won't break your wallet.

International Spy Museum

It's no secret, kids love to play spy. At the International Spy Museum in the Penn Quarter, your kids can enjoy crawling through the ductwork, finding silver flies that are transmitting information on the wall while acting as a junior James Bond.  For an added $10, teens can put their espionage skills to the test by participating in an Operation Spy mission with the opportunity to crack a safe and even conduct a polygraph test. The Spy Cafe is the perfect stop post-mission for hungry kids.  

Glen Echo Park

Known for its historic Dentzel carousel, Glen Echo Park is an arts and cultural attraction in Maryland offering admission at only $5 per person.   The carousel features painted ponies as well as a tiger, ostrich, and lion for the braver kids to mount and ride.  The Adventure Theater makes its home at the park, staging children's productions year round.  The Puppet Playhouse offers stories and classic plays in a theater specifically designed for puppets that seats 250 humans.

D.C. Ducks

Have you ever been on a bus/boat? Well, in Washington D.C. you can ride on the D.C. Duck, which is a tour bus crossed with a boat. You can tour the city over land and water without leaving your seat in this adaptable vehicle.Tours take about 90 minutes and the captain will keep everybody "quacking" and entertained throughout the tour.

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