Smithsonian Free Museum Day is coming soon! You can go to a Smithsonian participating museum on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and get free admission for two to the museum. We have taken advantage of this great program ever since we found out about it a few years ago.
Museums are great places for kids to learn. Find a topic your boy is interested in and travel to a museum that has exhibits on the subject and he will be thrilled and learn a lot too. Many museums now have hands-on exhibits so it is not all “look and don’t touch” as it was when I was young. Take a look at the list of free museums and let your child choose which one he would enjoy. Check out the websites and look at what exhibits will be there at the end of September.
We have found museums to be a lot of fun. We have gone on a submarine tour, played with a ton of different things at children’s museums, made art, tried different tools, got wet while figuring out how to create dams, and my son even got to go up in a plane last year.
Here are a few tips based on our visits in the past. Hope they help you to have a great experience.
- One ticket is for two people. You will need to go to the Smithsonian Museum Day website and sign up for tickets which you can print out to take with you. Some museums also allow you to show the tickets on your smartphone.
- Note that parking and special exhibits are not included with your free admission. You may want to check for extra charges depending on which museum you choose. We have never run into that but I heard that others have been a bit upset to see $10.00 -15.00 parking in some areas.
- Another thing to keep in mind is to check the site if you happen to be traveling or are in a different city on that date. Not every state has opportunities available for free museum entry but if your state does, or you are traveling and can hit a museum that way, I highly recommend taking advantage of it.
- It also pays to get there early if at all possible. We try to get there soon after opening so we have a spot to park and it is not so busy. By the time we are leaving it can be getting quite crowded and people are always waiting for our parking spot.
Museums are wonderful places to learn a lot about a topic of interest. We plan to attend again this year but have not picked out where we are going to go yet. Will it be the maritime museum (again,) the earth science museum, or the air museum? I’m letting my son choose. Boys’ learning is personal so I’m interested to see where he will choose to go.
Do you plan to attend Smithsonian Free Museum Day? What type of museum are you going to go to?
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