There will be eight of us in DC for a week before during and just after Christmas. The kids ages are 3, 9, 14, 16, 18 and 20 (all boys). One important suggestion from this board that I have taken to heart is that we would not try to do several Smithsonians in one day as they all start to feel the same. It is better (according to the advice) to "mix it up" with a variety of types of sites each day with time for swimming and maybe movies included. Anyway, I find the idea of doing a wide variety of types of activities in one day very appealing. (Hopefully not jumping all over D.C. geographically in order to do so) The DC attractions that interest us are:
Library of Congress
(opt.) Botanic (Is it indoors?)
Air and Space
National Gallery Art/Ice Rink
Old Town Alexandria
*Would have said White House but I don't think we'll be able to get a tour--but I do want to see the National Christmas Tree.
Old Post Office
Zoo (opt. for indoor exhibits)
What I need is someone that understands how long we would want to stay at some of these places combined with how long it takes to commute (walk, metro) from place to place to give me an idea of what one day's activities might look like pulling from the list I have provided. When we visited in '95 and "96 I think we hit all Smithsonian types of places in one day and that was too much. I need someone to help me with putting together a good mix of places/activities for a day.
If you dare to tackle this one (even for one day's itenerary) I thank you.!