T for Two DC Treasures
Once again I am blogging my way from A to Z as part of the 2015 April A to Z Challenge! Come blog through the alphabet with me!
My kids are pretty active. That is why I am always amazed that they like “just look” museums so much. But they are so busy soaking everything in and keeping their minds engaged that they don’t need the physical movement that characterizes most of their lives.
They do need time to move and interact with their surroundings though. That is why I was so glad to find two new treasures in DC.
The National Archives ReSource Room
Looking at a bunch of papers they can hardly read is not the most exciting for kids. The older kids were a bit in awe of the history, but the younger ones were less impressed. Until we found the ReSource Room in the Boeing Learning Center, that is.
The ReSource Room had a variety of interactive materials for kids. One wall was full of archive boxes that contained pictures and documents sorted by years, states, etc. Number 2 was practically salivating over the organization. We looked at the documents from states that we have lived in.
Spouse really liked this newspaper article from the NJ box:
They also had stencils that replicated the signatures of many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, puzzles, family tree activities, drawers of charts and maps and copies of many of the documents important to our country.
We spent at least a half hour in that room.
National Museum of the American Indian
Besides having a great fountain outside of the museum, the third floor of the American Indian Museum contains the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. When the kids entered the area they were each given a passport. At each activity they collected a stamp in the passport. They were very motivated to collect all the stamps.
In the center you could do many different activities including weave an over-sized basket, make a necklace, listen to different wild bird calls and build an igloo. If you want your kids to make fun of you, you can try the canoe balance station. I swear it is rigged – the kids could hold the simulator completely still; neither Spouse nor I could stop it from rocking.
These are two of the treasures we found this year. I can’t wait to see what we discover next year!