The Capital Childrens Museum is located just three blocks from Union Station,
making it a convenient excursion. Admission is $6, but worth the money as kids aged 2
12 will enjoy the opportunity to touch and play with everything under the roof,
especially after seeing Washingtons less accessible exhibits (e.g. The
Constitution). The Capital Childrens Museum encourages tactile contact with the
displays, as the signs of wear might indicate. However, this is part of the Museums
The average stay in the Museum is around 2 ½ hours, but however long you stay is up to
you. Parents and grandparents will appreciate the fact that there is not much walking to
do. Most of the events are set up so parents can sit next to their child as they
participate in an activity. The fact that there are no dining facilities make a
mid-morning or mid-afternoon visit more convenient. By then you might feel the pull of the
Union Station food court located just three blocks away.
Younger children love the city room where they can slide down a fire pole and drive a
city bus. Kids can blow bubbles of every size and shape in the Bubble room or wonder in
the MetamorphMaze, a combination of a maze and fun-house mirrors. What separates the
Museum from a cool day-care center is the emphasis on hands-on learning and exploration.
Kids learn about other cultures by immersing themselves in the land. They can learn about
Japan by sitting in a tatami room or learn about Mexican culture by trying on traditional
Older kids will enjoy the computer lab as well as the animation lab where they can make
their own cartoon complete with sound effects and voice overs. One highlight of the Museum
is the Chemical Science Center where children can witness live science experiments.