D.C. has no shortage of museums but — let’s be honest – oohing-and-ahhing behind velvet ropes just doesn’t do it for little ones. Just like babies need to put things in their mouths as part of the discovery stage, kids need to touch as part of their learning process. Whether your child’s current passion is fossils or farming; antique dolls or architecture — we have a place where they can touch, climb, build, and stretch their legs (and ultimately their minds).

National Building Museum

The National Building Museum explores architecture through design, construction, and engineering. There are two distinct areas where children can experience the process first-hand. The Building Zone — geared towards kids 2 to 6 years of age — lets little ones stack and balance faux bricks, drive a miniaturized bulldozer, and romp around a “green” playhouse for up to 45 minutes (This area is included in the cost of admission, but you can opt to skip the other exhibits and pay just $3 per child). The other — Play Work Build — has foam blocks of varying sizes allowing adults and children alike to build and demolish their own creations.

Open: Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, 11 am-5 pm
Cost: $10/adults, $7/kids (3 and up)

401 F St., NW
Online: nbm.org

Which museum does your tot like to hang out at? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Meghan Meyers

Photos courtesy of Playseum via Facebook, Ayren Jackson-Cannady, Children’s Museum of Richmond via Facebook, National Building Museum via Facebook, College Park Aviation Museum via Facebook, Elvert Barnes via Creative Commons, B&O Railroad Museum via Facebook