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The ImagiNATIONS activity centre at the National Museum of the American Indian

January 7, 2013

If you are want a cultural visit to a museum, but have small children and are a bit worried at how they will cope with being dragged around all day, head to the Museum of the American Indian in DC. They have an interactive centre designed specifically for children, and it will keep them entertained for a while!

The first major benefit to this museum is that it is free, the food in the café is a bit expensive, but when you take into account that you did get free entry the value increases again. I will briefly go into the food, simply because it is one of the best museum cafés I have been to. There is a wide variety of food and it is meant to be from various different places where American Indians either did or do inhabit. For example, there are buffalo burgers, chilli, salmon, turkey, soup and many other interesting dishes. There is a lot of choice and so you should find something you like. I guess the food has to be the second benefit.

The ImagiNATIONS activity centre has clearly had a lot of thought put into it. Before you enter, or after you exit, there is an interactive quiz that you can take part in with family and friends, you race against each other and time to choose the right answer to the American Indian themed questions. As you enter, do not forget to pick up a passport, this will be stamped, by your child at each activity so they can manage their progress and to ensure that no-one misses out on anything.

The activities can be used by children of all ages, to begin with there is an area for reading, if you want to do some learning. There are also games to be played, one involving balance as you sled as the Native Americans living in the north would have. You can look at the houses different American Indians would have lived in and see how to walk on the snow easily and this is just the beginning.

The best thing about the activity centre is that children can really have fun doing the activities, but they are learning so much about the American Indian culture while they play. They can see the progress they have made by stamping their passports and then they also have something to take home with them.

If you do have children and want to entertain them, then have a look at the ImagiNATIONS activity centre. The link for their website is here:

http://nmai.si.edu/visit/washington/imaginations/

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