Hi - I've been reading the forum for a few months off and on, and as our trip is about a month away now, I decided I need to begin making some firmer plans. I'd love some input! We'll be in DC in mid-July for 7.5 days. We requested a White House tour months ago and of course haven't heard yet if it's been approved. We do have a tour set at the Capitol as well as tickets to the Holocaust Museum. I'd like to begin purchasing some other timed entry passes but am overwhelmed. I'm going to list the places we'd like to visit, and I would love for others to chime in on what may be most do-able. My husband and I have 5 children who are ages 2, 7, 9, 12, and 15. We're going to have to split up some to keep the toddler happy, and that's ok. Our kids are experienced travelers, and we're a pretty active family that does a lot of walking/running... and we've gone to Disney World twice in June so we "get" what hot/humid feels like. ;)
So... we'll arrive on a Thursday (driving). What do you think about stopping by Arlington on our way into the city that afternoon?
Friday is possibly our White House tour day. Saturday - open. Sunday - church in the morning, Holocaust Museum at 1:30 (myself and the eldest two children). Monday - Capitol tour at 10. Tues-Thurs - open.
In addition we'd like to hit:
Museum of American History
Museum of Natural History
Air & Space Museum
National Gallery of Art (just daughter and eldest son)
International Spy Museum (husband will take two eldest)
Ford's Theatre/Petersen House
Maybe a stroll through Georgetown?
How would you attack this? What will I need to ax?
I'd especially be interested in backup plans for when the toddler is d.o.n.e. Like - I can take a ball and play around on the Mall I think, right? And there's a carousel located somewhere? Any other ideas would be welcomed.
Thank you in advance.