Touch & Play Children’s Museums

<< Museums for All Ages in the DMV

Children’s museums are an oasis of touch-and-play opportunities for kids and kids-at-heart!

Be With Me: The Children’s Playseum | Bethesda, MD
This indoor play destination is set-up to look like a kid-size city where children explore, discover, and play in uniquely-designed city shops! From an art room and grocery store to music and make-believe, kids will enjoy exploring more than a dozen city shops!

Children’s Science Center | Fairfax, VA
The Children’s Science Center, located in Fair Oaks Mall, invites visitors of all ages to enjoy STEM-focused fun! At a variety of centers and zones, as well as a hands-on experiment bar, kids will learn science, technology, engineering, and math concepts through touch, feel, and play!

KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
Featuring hands-on experiences, the KID Museum is an innovative learning space, unlike any other in the DMV! Guests are invited to enjoy learning opportunities that incorporate STEM, art, and culture with 21st-century skills, like creativity and critical thinking.

Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
The Maryland Science Center is a must-visit — this STEM-inspired museum encourages plenty of hands-on exploration, perfect for children and families! Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy permanent exhibits like Newton’s Alley (a kinetic, hands-on exhibit powered by you), Cells: The Universe Inside Us (zoom into your own body to see the different cells that make up your heart, brain, and bones), Dinosaur Mysteries (a landscape filled with more than one dozen life-size dinosaurs), and much more! Plus, don’t miss their planetarium, special events, and even an IMAX theatre!

For young kids, the museum also has a dedicated, gated room complete with a Chesapeake Bay-themed water play area! There’s even an area for kids under two, where infants and toddlers can crawl around squishy waterbeds, look at brightly colored books, and play with big soft blocks.

National Children’s Museum | Washington, DC
New to the DMV community, the National Children’s Museum sparks curiosity and ignites creativity in children up to age 12! This family destination boasts a wide variety of touch-and-play activities, exhibits, and experiences centered around science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

National Museum of American History | Washington, DC
The National Museum of American History showcases the heritage of the United States, including politics, culture, science, and military, to name a few topics. The museum’s mission is the collection, care, study, and interpretation of objects that reflect the experience of the American people. This includes popular displays such as the original Star-Spangled Banner (1814), Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown (2013), to name a few.

Draper Spark!Lab
Draper Spark!Lab, located inside the National Museum of American History, is where young museum visitors, ages 6-12, become inventors! Children and their families are invited to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent — activities incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum, and creativity.

Wegmans Wonderplace | Washington, DC
Located inside the National Museum of American History, Wegmans Wonderplace is a 1,700-square-foot interactive play space for children ages 0-6. Little learners will delight in exploring, touching, playing, and learning! Discover the collections and exhibits of this unique playspace here.

National Museum of Natural History
Open 364 days a year with free admission, the National Museum of Natural History, a Smithsonian institution, has a collection that contains over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts! Dedicated to promoting the understanding of the natural world and our place in it, the museum’s collections tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another.

Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center
Q?rius (pronounced “curious”) is an interactive learning space inside the National Museum of Natural History that brings the museum’s unique assets — the science, researchers, and collections — out from behind the scenes. Visitors can use microscopes, handle some of the 6,000 collection objects, solve science puzzles, enjoy touchscreen activities, and even meet a scientist!

Port Discovery Children’s Museum | Baltimore, MD
Ranking among the top children’s museums in the United States by Parents Magazine and Forbes, Port Discovery offers 80,000-square-feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits and activities designed for curious, active kids! Knowing children learn best through play, this special museum offers a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits on its three floors packed with fun.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum | Winchester, VA
Located in the heart of historic Winchester, VA, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is worth the drive for Northern Virginia families! This kid-focused destination features 4-stories of exhibits, each boasting loads of touch-and-play areas that encourage problem-solving, creative thinking, and collaboration. Best of all, the kids don’t know they’re learning — they just think they’re having a great time!

The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor | Frederick, MD
Providing a hands-on learning approach to history, The Children’s Museum gives kids the opportunity to experience life in early America through hands-on fun, including experimentation and role play. From learning to card wool to grating spices and playing with toys from the past, there are plenty of play-based opportunities to learn about early American history.

The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum | New Market, MD
The brainchild of a former Frederick County educator, The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum gives curious kids the opportunity to use their imaginations, engage in pretend play, and enjoy hands-on, interactive fun! More than just an indoor destination, the museum also has a warm-weather outdoor garden with a construction pit of trucks, a dreamy wooden castle and fairy garden, and natural features that encourage gross-motor play.

Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last-minute cancellations; always confirm by calling/clicking.

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