You don’t usually tell your kids to, “get lost,” but with the installment of the BIG Maze (open through Sept. 1) at the National Building Museum, it’s completely acceptable rhetoric. Opening in the west end of the museum’s main hall, the maze is an 18-foot high, 60 feet by 60 feet maple plywood labyrinth that will give you and the kiddos a big thrill as you search out and explore all the passageways, twists and turns. Bonus: It’s one of the most awesome ways to keep cool while running off summer steam! big-maze-nbm-1But wait, there’s more!
The BIG Maze is part of the Museum’s annual Summer Block Party, which includes a wide variety of fun programming, exhibitions, concerts, late night events, and Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue pop-up on the West Lawn.

It’s all about perspective
In addition to viewing the maze from the ground floor, visitors will also be able to get an unexpected aerial perspective from the Museum’s second- and third-floor balconies. This bird’s eye view makes for an awesome snapshot. Moms, the maze is not exactly stroller friendly (some of the corners are super tight), so plan to grab the Baby Bjorn and leave the buggy behind.

Need to recycle some boxes?
Later in the month on July 19, from 1 pm-3 pm, the Museum is hosting a special event just for families and kids called the MegaMAZE program. Families will work together to build the Ultimate MegaMAZE in the Great Hall out of cardboard with twisting winding paths, towers, and dead ends. Then the kids can have fun exploring their new creation. Bring boxes of any size and shape or use ones provided. Tickets are $25 for each child ($20 for members), who can be accompanied by up to 2 adults at cost of $10 each ($5 each for members). Prices include entry to the BIG Maze.

Open: (July 1-Sept. 1) Mon-Sat, 10 am-5 pm; Sun, 11 am-5 pm
Cost: non-members, $16/adults; $13/kids ages 3-17 (includes maze and museum admission)
401 F St., NW (Chinatown)
202-272-2448
Online: nbm.org

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—Kristina Messner

Photo courtesy of the National Building Museum