Find out for yourself why everyone is calling the Newseum the best experience Washington, D.C. has to offer. Packed with seven levels of interactive exhibits, the Newseum offers everything from the Berlin Wall to "1966: Civil Rights at 50" and more. And this summer, there's one more great reason to visit - kids get in free! July 1 through September 5, 2016, the Newseum waives admission for young visitors ages 18 and younger with each paid adult or senior admission or Newseum membership. Learn more at Newseum.org.

Adopt a secret identity at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Participate in an interactive spy experience in the fictional world of Khandar or simply peruse the collection of photographs, popular culture items and objects created for international intelligence services. Download a Free Family Missions Guide. $$ (Free for children under 6). spymuseum.org

Discover the history of our country at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Take a peek into Julia Child's kitchen in the FOOD exhibit or admire Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz in the American Stories exhibit. Free. americanhistory.si.edu

Become an archaeologist for the day at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Take a peek into the public laboratory to see volunteers processing and cataloging artifacts. Participate in hands-on activities, like putting a plate back together, that mimic the same work archaeologists do. Free. alexandriava.gov/historic/archaeology/default.aspx

Explore architecture at Building Zone in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. In this gallery, children are encouraged to build towers, drive construction play trucks and try on hard hats and tool belts. The "Building Zone" is a hands-on introduction to the building arts designed especially for the Museum's youngest visitors, ages 2-6. $$. nbm.org

Participate in hands-on science activities at the Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C. On weekends, the museum hosts engaging programs about energy, aging and memory. Guests can explore the Earth Lab, Life Lab and Idea Lab through a self-guided tour or an in-depth facilitated tour. If you can't make it to the museum, some exhibits are available for online exploration. $$. koshland-science-museum.org

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