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Address:800 3rd Street NE
Phone:(202) 675-4120
Website: Visit Official Site
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Labor Day-Memorial Day Tues-Sn 10am-5pm; Memorial Day-Labor Day daily, 10am-5pm.
The Capital Children's Museum is located just three blocks from Union Station, making it a convenient excursion, especially if on downtime between station transportation. Kids aged 2 - 12 will enjoy the opportunity to get interactive with every exhibit under the roof. The Capitol Children's Museum encourages tactile contact with the displays, as the signs of wear might indicate. However, this is part of the Museum's "casual" charm.

The average stay in the museum is around two-and-a-half hours, but however long you stay is up to you. Most of the events are set up so parents can sit next to their child as the youngsters participate in an activity. No dining facilities at the museum make a mid-morning or mid-afternoon visit more convenient.

Younger children love Cityscapes, where they can slide down a fire pole and drive a city bus. What separates the museum from a day-care center is the emphasis on hands-on learning and exploration. Kids learn about other cultures by immersing themselves in imaginary lands. They can learn about Japan by sitting in a tatami room or learn about Mexican culture by trying on traditional Mexican garb.

Older kids will enjoy the computer lab and 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.
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