Heather Craw hates this museum. Fluffy, Peppers and Salty’s mom loves it. Look, I love architecture, I really do. But the experience of the National Building Museum as a mom of young kids is precisely like the play place at the mall. Boring for me, heaven for the kids.
They love the giant indoor, carpetted expanse with water fountains. I love saying “Don’t touch the water!” and “Do not step in the fountain!” 10,000 times.
We were there for the some homeschool group’s special day quite by accident. When I have been here before, you had to pay extra to go into the giant lego building room, but this time they had legos and keystone arch blocks out for the kids to play with in the big promenade.
Nice one, Salty! Wait for it…
We didn’t travel for spring break, so I let Fluffy have a few things her way. She requested 1. this museum, 2. not doing her hair all week, 3. cupcake runs, and 4. that “when we get home, you put on your grey t-shirt and your workout pants and put your hair in a ponytail, so you look like a mom.” I love knowing exactly what would make someone happy and being more than capable of doing it.
We spent about a hundred years in the building toys exhibit playing with little Legos, big foam thingers, and various other germ-ridden public toys.
I’m trying this new thing where I don’t hover over them trying to make them build a structure from my mental blueprints and eventually firing them all and doing it myself. I think everyone is happier this way. I did get a chance to answer some emails, and from what I can gather, Peppers kept knocking over some hover mom’s castle thinger which made me think, “Better hers than mine.” This is a picture of her giving him the evil eye after he knocked down one of her towers.
Try this outing.
Difficulty level: Easy. This is absolutely one of the most kid friendly places in all of DC.
- Even though admission is free, some of the exhibits cost money.
- There is a cute cafe, but it served not a single thing my kids would eat, so bringing a lunch is advisable.
- The building aspect of the play places elevates the museum above your average McDonald’s playland, but definitely bring something to keep your adult mind occupied.
- Stroller access is great, but the kids will want to get out and play.
Fluffy Fun Factor (Kindergartener Rating): Super! I love the building museum.