I’m sure many of you are wondering whether I mysteriously disappeared down a black hole – but, never fear, our family is visiting my parents who live 5,000 miles away! We’re treasuring the time we have with them, so posts will be a little sparse over the next two weeks, but I have lots of fun giveaways for you to enjoy in my absence!
A few weeks ago, we suggested you add Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre in the Woods to your “Must-Visit” list this summer; and today, we will be highlighting the awesome International Spy Museum. My husband and I visited the International Spy Museum when it first opened in 2002, and found it highly entertaining. And, last year, after my intrigue-loving brother-in-law begged and pleaded, we took him for a visit. We chuckled over the 1960’s version of “high-tech” spy gadgets and wondered how on earth we survived the Cold War with such hugely obvious listening devices! The guys drooled over James Bond’s “spy car” and I enjoyed reading the interesting historical facts about the KGB.
For those of you who are not as familiar with the Spy Museum, it is the only public museum in the US dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world that provides a global perspective on the subject. According to their website, it features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display, many of which have never been released before.
I love that the Spy Museum lets you delve into the world of spooks, by allowing you to adopt a cover, break codes, and identify disguised spies. If you’d like to bump up the intrigue, you can choose to become an “Operation Spy.” For one intense hour, you will be on a mission to isolate a missing nuclear trigger. Just crack a few safes, interrogate a suspected double agent, decode a few messages, and you will rival Jack Bauer…well, at least, for a blissful 60 minutes.
Parents, to make the experience even more rewarding for your child, take some time to look at all the Educator Resources that the Spy Museum offers. Their guides offer questions for discussion, activity suggestions, and books and websites for further reference. If you spend a few days leading up to your visit reading about the Cold War or the science behind the cool espionage gadgets, your child/family will have a better understanding of the history behind the Museum. And, you’ll get in some summer time reading and learning without too much pain!
:: Admission Fees ::
Adults & Children (ages 12+): $19.95
Seniors (65+) & Military/Intelligence Community: $14.95
Children (ages 5-11): $13.95
Operation Spy Only (ages 12+): $14.95