When it comes to family entertainment in Washington, DC, any parent will attest to the fact that it has to entail something that excites kids as well as adults. Certainly the nation’s capital has no shortage of war museums and memorials, art museums and galleries, as well as many historical sites. However, if the children are going to be entertained, which makes it much more plausible that the parents will enjoy their time, then most of those choices are probably not going to be an option. Instead, the focus should be on castles, space travel, a zoo and even a monument or two. Now we’re talking fun for the whole family.

Wait! There are castles in Washington, DC? Well, there is one castle and it serves as the information center for the Smithsonian museums and the admission to “The Castle,” as it’s called, is free. There are two orientation theaters, interactive touch screens in six languages, electronic maps, and scale models. Constructed in 1855, the Castle was the original Smithsonian museum building, housing all Smithsonian operations, research and administration, lecture and exhibit halls, the library and reading room, laboratories, storage areas for specimens, and living quarters for the museum’s Secretary and family, as well as visiting scientists. Later, in 1881, the current Arts and Industries Building opened next to the Castle and would come to house most of the museum’s collections at that time.

The Smithsonian Institution was actually established some years earlier with a donation from James Smithson, a British scientist who lived from 1765 1829 and who left his estate to the United States to found “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” President James K. Polk signed an Act of Congress on August 10, 1846, establishing the Smithsonian Institution. Since then, the Smithsonian has grown to become the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoo, and 9 research facilities. So, why stop at visiting the Castle? Why not continue on to all that the Smithsonian has to offer, which certainly will keep the family entertained for days, if not weeks.

For starters, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts available in one place and it encompasses every aspect of human flight, from Kitty Hawk to the moon. Having opened in 1976, there are exhibitions on aviation, space exploration, and planetary science, with programs featuring educational activities and performances that reflect the American spirit, innovation, and courage in the history, science, and technology of flight. The museum is also home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, the scientific research unit within the museum.

After spending a day or two at the National Air and Space Museum, the family can head over to The National Museum of Natural History that was made famous in the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which also featured the National Air and Space Museum. Parents might want to watch the movie in the hotel room as a motivator to visit the actual location. Opened in 1910, the museum houses our national collections and is by far the world’s most notable museum and research complex in the world. The main building is located on the National Mall and contains 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space featuring more than 126 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts, including 30 million insects, 4½ million plants, 7 million fish, and 2 million cultural artifacts, just to name a few.

Only 17 more museums and a zoo to visit! As you can see, just the Smithsonian alone offers enough activities and family entertainment in Washington, DC, without ever stepping foot in the White House or the Capitol Building.

School holidays are an exciting time of year for your kids, but they can also be an equally stressful few weeks for you. The reason being is that it doesn’t usually take your kids more than a few days to start complaining that they’re bored. Once they’ve watched every cartoon twice, played all of their video games and had all of their friends stay over, there isn’t much left for them to do, and you’ll be the first person to hear about it.

Your kids’ two to three weeks of freedom need not feel like a prison term for you, however, so the best solution would be to have a bunch of fun activities stashed up your sleeve in case of a boredom emergency. Here are some cool and unusual kids’ games and activities for you to try out when the next school holiday comes around.

Back garden camp out

One of the main gripes amongst the older generations is the amount of time kids spend indoors with their digital companions, especially during their holidays. An impromptu camp out in your back garden can easily solve this issue. So whenever your kids start to complain about boredom, (even with all of their gadgets and gizmos) just whip out the tents and marshmallows, put the smartphones away and set up camp outside.

Camping is a really good way in which to spend some quality time with your kids. So build your tents together, light a fire and roast some marshmallows, regardless of the time of day. And if you’re really brave and the weather permits, why not spend the night outside as well?

If you’re not a very outdoorsy family and don’t have tents (or a garden for that matter), don’t let that deter you. Just grab some blankets, brooms and couch cushions and use your imagination to create your own. Who doesn’t like building a fort?

Rainbow foam

This is a really fun activity for younger kids to get their hands into that basically entails filling a large tub with brightly coloured foam and letting the kids go wild.

All that you’ll need for this is some dishwashing liquid, water, liquid watercolours, a bowl and a mixer. In the bowl, add 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and a 1/4 cup of water. Add the first of your liquid watercolours, then mix on the highest possible setting for 1 2 minutes. The foam should be able to hold its shape when moulded.

Once you have the correct consistency, scoop it out into your tub and repeat until you have the desired amount of foam and colours. Once you’re happy with your rainbow, let your kids have at it.

The not so bored games

If you’re pressed for time but still need something to amuse the kids, then go for a board game. There are many fun options available for any age at most toy stores, so take the kids along to pick what looks most amusing. Try a mixture of creative and logical games for maximum enjoyment.

It’s not too difficult keeping your kids entertained during the school holidays, so try out these different options and beat those boredom blues!

Longing for a holiday, it’s in human nature. Because a holiday is a day of supreme relaxation and enjoyment, it can be different for the different individual depending upon their age and lifestyle. For corporate workers, it means time off from the daily chorus. For students, it’s a day away from studies. For housewives, there is usually no holiday from their daily routine work, but if they do manage to get one, then they do some shopping on the day of the holiday.

Sunday, a public holiday worldwide enables the people to spend some time with their family and the society. Every country has its own holiday calendar for a year, considering the religious sentiment, cultural and regional aspect of the society. In addition to this, the government also declares holidays for its citizen to show and celebrate their patriotism. The country with most holidays in a calendar year is Austria and Malta with 38 holidays in a year, followed by Poland and Britain.

There are a number of benefits of a holiday in a human’s life and some of them listed below :

– On holiday, we get some more time to be social with our friends and relatives.
– We get enough time to clean our house or room.
– Holiday enables a person to have a fair discussion with his family, over their future plans.
– Holiday enables a society to spend their festivals with joy and happiness.
– Holiday, gives some time to a person perhaps to engage in social services like cleaning the locality, social gatherings etc.
– Holiday is essential for the salaried workers to relieve themselves from continuous work and load.
– Holidays are also beneficial for the environment. As the energy conservation on this very day is high because businesses do not operate on this day.

However, continuous and long holidays are found to have some cons for the society and some of them are listed below :
– The Productivity of a company suffers due to holidays.
– Essential services like hospitals, public transport, fire fighting etc. become paralyzed on the day of the holiday, due to lack of staff.
– The government machinery comes to halt on holidays and ultimately the economy of the country suffers due to it.

As banks are closed on this day, there are chances of monetary crisis. However, Atm’s are there for the people, but many individuals, who still believe in the traditional way of banking.