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Yayoi Kusama at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC

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What’s up with Do DC with Kids??

 

Do DC with Kids had been a joy for me to write, unfortunately we’ve relocated. You can follow my new blog, here. Thank you for reading this blog, it means a lot. I thought I’d share one last post of my favorite places in Washington, DC.

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

The National Gallery of Art is a free museum, not in the Smithsonian System (bet you didn’t know that). It was definitely my happy place and I would often go by myself on weekends to wander around at a slower pace. Ooey and I would go and meet friends at the walkway between the East and West buildings. The walkway between the two buildings is a glide through a starry night, a light installation designed by Leo Villareal. (Another light fixture by Villareal can be found at the Renwick Gallery across the street from the White House)

The NGA occasionally offers classes for kids aged 4-7, Art Investigators, so keep your eyes out for those!

best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers

best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Walking the halls of the National Gallery of Art.
best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers. Leo Villareal's Multiverse at the National Gallery of Art.
The light tunnel at the National Gallery of Art is a great spot to meet for playdates, located right next to the cafe too!
best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Walking around the National Gallery of Art on a Sunday afternoon.

RAMEN AT BANTAM KING

There are a number of ramen shops at DC, and I promise you they’re all good. We found ourselves eating at Bantam King at an almost weekly basis, it’s the underrated sister of Daikaya where we were once told it would be two hours to be seated. The restaurant is brightly lit and its specialty is a broth of chicken stock. The name is reminiscent of the buildings former tenant, Burger King.

best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Photo by Albert Ting.
best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Photo by Albert Ting.

 

best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
one does not simply eat ramen, you must interact with it. Photo by Albert Ting.

THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

Conveniently located across the street from Bantam King, the National Building Museum is hands down the best place to take your kid. Their massive lobby is a great place to picnic and playdate. best of all your kids can run around screaming and no one will bat an eye. They have two distinct play spaces for kids, one has timed entry which is included in your entry fee. Be sure to get those tickets ASAP, and if you’re a member of the museum you can get back to back time slots for that space. The play area upstairs has no timed entry requirements.

best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Every summer the museum throughs a block party in which a temporary exhibit is put into the massive lobby. The 2017 exhibit was an installation called Hive designed by Studio Gang. The colors in the tubes are pink in reference to the Women’s March on Washington from earlier in the year.
best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Ooey wants to play in one of the tubes.
best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
When the lobby is open there’s a gorgeous fountain that runs.

THE HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN

Every parent treasures the place where their child was first introduced to performance art! The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the modern art museum within the Smithsonian Museum System. It stands out on the National Mall, completely round with a fountain in the middle of its inner courtyard and a car crushed beneath a smiling boulder out front.

The museum has hosted my favorite art exhibits, Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama and Scandinavian Pain by Ragnar Kjartansson. I recommend you attend a story time at the Hirshhorn and grab gelato at the Dolcezza Coffee and Gelato pop-up stand afterwards.

best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers. Yayoi Kusma infinity Mirrors
Seeing the infinity mirror exhibit with my toddler was so much fun! She LOVED the endless array of lights and color.
best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Big Man was Ooey’s favorite permanent work at the National Gallery, she always had to say hello.
best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
The courtyard at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is itself a reason to visit

best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers

GETTING AROUND ON THE METRO

I miss the metro, I’ve thought this everyday since leaving DC. Getting around without a car is THE BEST.

Tips for riding the metro

  • Buy your metro card, “SmartTrip” card in advance of your trip to DC, here.
  • Once in Washington DC you can buy and refill cards at the kiosks at the metro stops.
  • Elevators are frequently out of service, using an umbrella stroller allows you to carry it up and down stairs which is something I had to do frequently to get into and out of stations.
  • Strollers have to be folded up on all busses, expect the circulator busses.
  • Your iPhone will give you transit information in your native map app
  • Children under the age of five do not need SmartTrip cards

 

best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Ooey usually enjoyed riding the metro.
best of Washington DC with babies and toddlers
Ooey knew how to swipe my metro card and was riding the trains like a pro by the time we moved.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Los Hermanos serves up delicious Dominican food everyday, get a to go box because the portions are enormous.
  • Un Je Nais Sais Quo makes some of the craziest French pastries I’ve ever had, but go early because they sell out!
  • ARTECHOUSE is a newly opened art space in DC that provides interactive art that’s accessible to the youngest audiences.

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