Several years ago, Alexandria proudly proclaimed Old Town and the City as, “The Fun Side of the Potomac.” Across the river, they’re having lots of fun too at National Harbor. Their latest grand opening took place yesterday at the new National Children’s Museum at 151 St George Boulevard.
The museum's new home (it was located at Union Station from 1974 to 2004) benefits from a central location and an 18,000 square feet spread on a first floor. Geography teachers will love a world map, which greets visitors after they pay admission ($10 per child or adult, free for 12 months or under).
Two main exhibit areas, “3 and Under,” and “Our World,” serve as the core of the Museum experience. Workshop space is available, as well as a small acting theater.
The museum invites children to interact physically, as well as engaging their minds. We liked one particular booth that introduces them to the political world. In the race for Mayor, they can campaign and vote for either "Cool" or "Awesome" (Come on, now, check that cynicism at the door!).
National Harbor has drawn criticism, but quite frankly I just don’t see it. We go there every chance we get, and what we see is people having fun.