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Washington, D.C.

You’ll find no shortage of museums in Washington D.C., but only you know for sure how much your family can take before museum malaise sets in. That’s why you need a game plan that’s as dynamic as your brood. For an exciting indoor option, try the National Air and Space Museum. Your aviation-loving crew will see some of the most important air- and spacecraft in our country’s history, including the Apollo 11 command module (or climb inside the cockpits of other models).

To see democracy in action (teachable moment! election!), it’s important to note that White House tours must be arranged at least six months in advance. We say, take a guided stroll through the Capitol Complex, instead. Tickets are distributed at 9am, Mon-Sat.

After a long day of sightseeing, head to Georgetown to eat and re-energize. Mom will love the (window) shopping in this glam D.C. enclave, and the kids can feast on Italian favorites at neighborhood hotspot Papa Razzi Trattoria.

Finally, to cool off and chill out, spread out on the National Mall for Screen on the Green, showing classic films each Monday evening this month.