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Traveling with children in the USA can be both educational and fun.

Make learning actually come to life at these nine thought-provoking, engaging, educational destinations.

1. MoPOP, Seattle, Washington

The Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, bills itself as a “leading edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture.” The museum, formerly known as the Experience Music Project, was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and designed by architect Frank O. Gehry by using pieces of electric guitars to build the early model. 

Exhibits include the art of fantasy, horror cinema, video games, science fiction literature and costumes. It also has the largest collection in the world of rare artifacts, handwritten lyrics, personal instruments and original photographs celebrating the music and history of Seattle musicians Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix. Most children these days don’t know about those musicians.

Exterior of the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle

Exterior of the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle
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2. Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York

Spend the day playing the in waves at the ocean shore or listening to accordion players and guitarists. When they play familiar tunes, the crowd will come alive and sing along. A block in from the boardwalk is Brighton Beach Avenue, which is nestled under the elevated train. Part of the charm is the frequent rumbling of the train above. The street is filled with colorful fruit stands and little markets that offer all kinds of pickled treats and foreign candies.

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