Programs: Educators - Highlight

Children’s Neighborhood Architectural Walking Tours

WAF’s tours of Washington’s neighborhood focus on the history and architecture of parts of our local environment that are both familiar and surprising. Whether your family lives here or you’re coming for a visit, there’s plenty to discover about Washington’s neighborhoods. Our kids’ tours explore why buildings look the way they do, as well as the stories of the people who shaped our city. The free tour kit can be downloaded or printed at home or at your local library or through the hotel concierge if you’re a visitor.

The tour kits include everything a parent, teacher, Scout troop leader or homeschooler would need to guide children through several blocks of buildings, learning about their history, with stimulating conversation starters and activities that build on what they’re learning. The free tour materials are designed for kids in the 8-12 age group, but the tours are fun and educational for older kids and adults as well.

Each tour kit includes...
• History of neighborhood
• A neighborhood map and guide, marked with the tour route
• Instructions for using the tour booklet
• Architectural vocabulary
• Conversation starters
• History, architecture and activities for each tour stop
• A Children's Edition

This program has been funded in part by grants from the Dorothea DeSchweinitz Fund for the District of Columbia of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and in part by a grant from HumanitiesDC, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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