Jill Berry

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. is suitable for kids of all ages.

On my first visit to D.C., I recall chatting loudly to a college friend while speed walking through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I was on a mission to see everything on the National Mall in one day. I soon realized that the other visitors at the wall were silent. As I slowed down my fast pace, I started reading the names on wall for the first time. I was not prepared for how profound the experience of visiting the wall would be…and how silent.

When I became a mom, I knew I had to wait until my children were older to take them to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the other war memorials in D.C. No one wants to hear a baby crying when they are remembering their loved one, do they? I wanted my children to be respectful visitors, not disruptive ones.

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My kids at the Roosevelt Memorial

Short on time and want to see every monument in just one day?! It may sound undoable, but here’s how to tackle it!

The basics:

  • The National Mall, located between Constitution and Independence Avenues, stretches from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Whether you are traveling to D.C. alone, with a spouse or friend, or with children, a visit to Washington, D.C., would not be complete without walking the Mall.

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