The Smithsonian Institution is featuring some fun, family-friendly exhibits this summer. Here's a taste of what you'll find in its museums over the next few months. All Smithsonian museums are free to enter.
Snowboarding: Learn about the history of the sport, check out early boards and take a look at the tools of today's stars at the American History Museum.
X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out: If Aquaman and Superman hung out together, this might be the result. The Natural History Museum explores the anatomy of the sea's most unique inhabitants.
The Art of Video Games: Now at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Art of Video Games shows off games of all generations, from Space Invaders to Halo. Eighty games, including Pac-Man and the original Super Mario Bros., are on display.
1812: A Nation Emerges: At the National Portrait Gallery, explore the people and events that shaped the War of 1812 in this exhibit, which opened earlier this month.
What else? Check out the planes and spacecraft models on display at the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Also, on a related topic, yes, the Smithsonian has the Space Shuttle Discovery, but if you want to see it, it's on display at the museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
Also, since you're on the Mall, you're a stone's throw away from the Tidal Basin, the Holocaust Museum, the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument.
More info? Visit the Smithsonian Institution's website.