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Old 01-02-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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We were planning on driving out to the Grand Canyon this spring, but we got to talking and may just drive one state over to DC. Neither of us have ever been there. Do they have any family-friendly restaurants? It looks like DC has alot of places to see (besides government attractions) that are free admission. Just wondering if any of you have been to DC with a small child? Any advice would be great.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:06 AM
 
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I think that the Air & Space Museum would be a nice place to take a child.
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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In all honesty I think that a lot of DC would be a real bore for a two year old. It's a place with so much to absorb that I'd probably wait until she was old neough to have at least a bit of understanding, probably around six or so. A lot of the museums and sites you've got to be fairly quiet and not run around, I think it would be a lot to ask of a two year old. And there aren't a ton of family oriented restaurants--DC is known for it's epicurean delights.

Try Williamsburg, VA or Baltimore, MD for two nearby family friendly cities.
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Try Williamsburg, VA or Baltimore, MD for two nearby family friendly cities.[/quote]

The Baltimore Aquarium might be nice for your family. I think DC will be too much and your child won't remember it anyway, except for the National Zoo.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:28 AM
 
Location: DC
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I always see families touring around, so I don't think it would be too bad. For a little kid, the zoo, Air & Space, and Natural History museums would probably be the most interesting (all free). Mt. Vernon could be fun, with all the animals around. With a 2-year-old, you could probably approach anything in such a way to entertain him/her. The main trick is to not do too much and tire them out. Also, check to see if you'd be here during the Cherry Blossom Festival. It's neat, but be aware that it'll be crazily crowded.

You could also ask on the DC forum. The only old thread I found dealt with 7-year-olds:
1st trip for 7 yr olds into DC from NOVA...recommendations?
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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If you are prepared for the time & cost of a cross country drive with a 2yr old, then I hardily recommend Walt Disney World. Success guaranteed.

Save DC for 5-6+ IMHO.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Yeah, we will probably wait on DC. Now we are looking at possibly the Mall of America/Twin Cities area. I have always wanted to go there (hell, I wanna drive the whole country) and see the sites. Plus, it won't be that big of a deal if our son doesn't remember it. After all, it is a mall. LOL
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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For the next few years you might want to keep the Childhood amnesia theory of developmental psychology in mind when planning family trips. It is the explanation for why very very few people can remember their first few years of life. For most people, memory retention doesn't occur until four years of age, although some can remember as early as age three. Don't waste money or time on a vacation to DC or Disneyland other places you want your child to remember.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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For the next few years you might want to keep the Childhood amnesia theory of developmental psychology in mind when planning family trips. It is the explanation for why very very few people can remember their first few years of life. For most people, memory retention doesn't occur until four years of age, although some can remember as early as age three. Don't waste money or time on a vacation to DC or Disneyland other places you want your child to remember.
I may not remember it, but that doesn't mean that my parents or I ever considered the trips we took when I was 2 or 3 to be a "waste". They remember the experience, and on some level it stayed with me in at least the early years of life. If nothing else I was easy to travel with since I already knew how to handle myself.

If you're going on a trip solely because you want your child to have lifelong memories, then you probably should wait until they're older. If you would enjoy the trip yourself and just want to have a good time, then who cares how old the kid is? They'll still get some joy out of it.
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