Before you tour the house, you go through a museum. After watching a 12 minute movie, we saw some interesting exhibits. They saw FDR's leg braces:
Catherine was able to throw the coin behind her, but she still turned around to see where it landed:
But, we all have a finite amount of time. I always wonder if a particular field trip is the best use of our time or not. Is it truly educational? Will they remember any of it? Should I wait until they are older? Should I wait until we actually study American History?
Fortunately, with this trip, I soon got my answer. The very next morning after this trip I grabbed a t-shirt out of my drawer without thinking. It happened to be one of my mother's old Washington DC shirts, with drawings of a bunch of DC sights on it. Catherine saw the t-shirt and immediately pointed to the White House on it and said "The Little White House - that's where we went yesterday!" I was so impressed. I had to explain to her the difference between the White House and the Little White House, but I was still thrilled that she recalled something from the trip.