A one-of-a-kind museum and play center for kids, KID Museum is place where kids and parents can indulge in a host of educational and recreational activities. Through a number of interactive installations and activities, this museum makes learning a lot more fun to basic subjects. From science and mechanics, to art, history and culture, here each topic is brushed upon with a touch of fun. Various activities, events and workshops are also organised here, wherein kids can get a more in-depth understanding on a vast array of topics.
A frequent site of nationally significant memorial services, the National Cathedral is open to worshipers of all denominations. Under construction for most of the 20th Century and completed and consecrated in 1990, this Gothic cathedral is the sixth largest in the world. Flying buttresses, gargoyles, crypts, a 98-foot (30-meter) vaulted ceiling and many intimate chapels contribute to this architectural masterpiece. The grounds invite exploration with curving walkways, well-kept hedges and spacious lawns from which to view the city.
The famous assassination of President Abraham Lincoln here on April 14, 1865 has placed this theater firmly in history. Opened just four years before that fateful night, the theater has now been restored to its 1865 appearance and is again a showcase for plays. The basement-level Lincoln Museum displays artifacts from the assassination, including the gun John Wilkes Booth used to kill Lincoln. Mementos from Lincoln's life are also on display. Across the street is Petersen House, the place where Lincoln died.
A site of fun and learning for kids, Be with Me Playseum is the perfect place to spend an exciting day out with the family. An amalgamation of a culture center and playhouse, here kids can indulge in a myriad of educational and entertaining activities and events. From play-shopping and petting animals, to painting and art, educational games and themed events, each activity is designed to help kids interact, learn and enjoy with others of the same age group.
Washington Improv Theater, or WIT, is one of the only places in Washington DC to see longform improv. For those not familiar with the term, longform improv is a series of improvised scenes and games that the players act out based on an initial suggestion from an audience member. What this really means is that you will be non-stop laughing from when the show begins until when it ends. WIT's shows generally last between 70 to 90 minutes - that is a lot of laughing.
This successful company is one of the top local theaters in the city. With a focus on new works and playwrights, Woolly Mammoth is regarded as an artistically adventurous theater with little fear of either controversy or experimentation. Washington audiences are especially fond of Woolly Mammoth's preview performances, which include discussions of the work with a generous pay-what-you-can policy. Other community-oriented programs include a number of projects designed for area youth-at-risk, teacher-enrichment and eight free public readings of new plays each year. Woolly Mammoth also runs a popular program of acting classes through its Theatre School.