A small town girl making the big city home. She loves everything DC, and is slowly introducing her one-year-old to the world of Smithsonians, monuments, cherry blossoms and the DMV. A perfect day in town would include breakfast at Eastern Market (or Founding Farmers), checking out the National Gallery of Art, a burger and/or shake at Good Stuff or sandwich from Taylor Made, the two mile walk around the monuments, and cupcakes from Sprinkles (or Georgetown Cupcake if the line isn't forever long) to go.

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Current Exhibits at DC Smithsonian Museums

Even though there is still work going on to revitalize and improve the National Mall itself, the nearby Smithsonian Museums are still open and full of fun!

You all know how much I love a good trip to the National Mall to check out a Smithsonian. I could probably go every day if the thought of having an uncooperative kid didn’t sometimes keep me close to home.

But with the cooler temps January and February typically offer, I’m on the lookout for something new and fun to do indoors. I mean, you can only hit up the indoor play area at the local mall so many times.

One great thing about visiting a Smithsonian is that you can pretty much see something new every time you visit. Also, with so many interesting hands-on learning activities, it will keep even the most antsy of kids entertained. Isn’t the National Museum of Natural History totally like an indoor zoo with all of those animals (and minus the smell)?

Future Archaeologist? Osteologist? Anthropologist? Just plain crazy to be letting my toddler look at this exhibit?

Our recent favorite has been the Written in Bone exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History. I don’t know what it is about those dim lights and bodies that my daughter loves so much. In a few years when she needs counseling, maybe I’ll know why :). Unfortunately with that exhibit ending, I’m on the lookout for something else to keep my squirmy 18-month-old interested for more than five seconds. She’s reached the point where the stroller just can’t contain her.

Here’s a look at a few exhibits ending this month and next at the DC Smithsonian museums you may want to check out if you’re as stir crazy as I will inevitably be by January 15th.

In the winter, Smithsonian museums on the National Mall in DC are typically open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The American Art Museum & Portrait Gallery (located near Metro Center) is open a bit later from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, and limited street parking is available during the day. I’ve had the best luck finding parking in the mornings around 10:30 a.m., and will sometimes take the metro to Smithsonian to just avoid the stress altogether.

Exhibits Ending Soon at DC Smithsonian Museums

Looking for More Winter Fun…

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