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January 19, 2009

Inauguration countdown!

Filed Under: Washington, DC

A few last minute tips for inauguration celebrations, whether you're braving the crowds with kids or hosting your own family-friendly inaugural ball at home:

For those of you who'll be taking children to the Mall for inauguration festivities: A heads-up that the Smithsonian offers several warm and inviting spaces you can duck into, when you need to escape the low temps and the huge crowds. Among the best options: The new Live Butterfly Pavilion at the Museum of Natural History, an 80-degree, 1,200-square-foot tropical setting featuring more than 400 tropical butterflies in flight. And the new Sant Ocean Hall exhibit, also at the Museum of Natural History - a 23,000-square-foot hall featuring 674 rare marine specimens, 97 models, anda 1,500-gallon coral reef tank. (We've been - It's amazing!)

Over at the Museum of American History, check out Abraham Lincoln's inaugural suit and top hat... plus the celebrated inaugural ballgowns of the first ladies! (Go, Jackie O.) Don't plan on ducking into the National Gallery of Art or the Holocaust Museum, though. Both closing for the day.

If you're staying home to celebrate in a more intimate style with the kiddies, be sure to check out Kids Off the Couch's "Bringing the Inauguration Home" guide.

Posted by Sarah at 11:51 AM.


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