• The Newseum,
• The National Archives,
• International Spy Museum,
• National Geographic,
• Bureau of Engraving and
When I asked him if he wanted to go to
Washington, D.C., his face brightened, his smile grew and he said
"Can we go to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing?" Right then I
knew this was not going to be a typical trip to D.C.
My 13-year-old son, Alek, and I were
invited on this visit by The Washington D.C. Tourist Bureau. I, of
course, thought we would be hitting the usual tourist spots. Alek
had his own ideas.
We were excited to find a couple of
great museums off the typical list-the National Geographic Museum
and the International Spy Museum. In the spy museum we checked out
a brand new exhibit called "Operation Spy." You're the spy and have
one hour to get through the exhibit, find the clues, figure out who
are the bad guys and-most importantly-don't get caught.
In the National Geographic Museum, the
exhibits change frequently. The current exhibit is called
"Crittercam." Scientists put cameras on the backs of animals, from
worms to penguins to bears. Watching the video let's you see the
world through the animals' eyes.
We also visited the new Newseum. One of
the planned exhibits is an interactive newsroom where the kids can
play reporter and even download a tape of themselves while on
camera. Other exhibits include "Today's Front Pages," "World News,"
"Early News," "9/11 Gallery" and "Pulitzer Prize Photographs." A
piece of the Berlin wall and an East German guard tower are also in
We were in the rotunda in the National
Archives Museum, looking at the Declaration of Independence, when
Alek looked up at me. "I feel kind of choked up right now," he
said. I knew then our mother-son weekend together was a success.
And yes, he loved the tour of the giant presses printing out
billions of dollars.
See more of Sandi's stories here.
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