Experience the life of a Native American in this interactive exhibit at the National Museum for the American Indian. As kids weave giant baskets, explore teepees and play percussion instruments in the music room, they will learn how some tribes have translated these age-old innovations into modern times. You can even bring the experience home by visiting the craft toom to make an inspired art project. Free. Washington, D.C. nmai.si.edu

Give your child a glimpse into life as a grown up as they frost cupcakes in the bakery, paint on a plexiglass wall or make their own lip balm. Kids can visit the Bakery, Art Shop, the Soap Bar and many more city shops to unleash their inner creativity in tons of interactive exhibits with imaginative results. When they need a break, feel free to relax with a book or find one to take home. $$. Bethesda, MD. playseum.com

Celebrate the world's "aha!" moments with The Visionary Experience exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum, featuring the founding fathers, saints, scientists and many more brillant innovators. The museum houses pieces from self-taught visionary artists and also includes pieces from the reflective Bling Universe exhibit - including a sparkling school bus and a giant egg. $$. Baltimore, MD. avam.org

Get creative at the Greater Reston Arts Center with a bucket full of art supplies and a special gallery walk for preschoolers and elementary age children. After viewing the gallery, kids are invited to create their own masterpiece inspired by what they saw using supplies provided by the museum. This fall, the arts center will be open after hours for free family fun. $$. Reston, VA. restonarts.org

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