Fun House at the National Building Museum

Many DC area families look forward to the National Building Museum’s summer installations each year and this year is the museum’s biggest and best installation yet.
While many thought that nothing could top 2015’s The Beach with its enormous ball put filled with a million white balls, Fun House does just that.  Those who remember The Beach will be glad to know that the ball pit is back, this time re-imagined as a backyard pool complete with a hot tub and playhouse.
This time around Snarkitechture, the creators of The Beach and Fun House, fill nearly the entire atrium of the museum with an interactive house filled with fun rooms and “outdoor” activities surrounding the house.  Fun House is unique and encompasses installations that Snarkitechture has exhibited over the past ten years around the world.
The fun starts in the “front yard” with benches that spell out “FUN HOUSE” when viewed from above.  Then, move into the house itself, which has a playroom filled with an enormous marble run that reaches nearly to the ceiling and thousands of marbles, the “bathroom,” which has a tub filled with even more white ball put balls,  and hallways dug out of styrofoam and filled with streamers.
At the back of the house is a living room filled with nothing but enormous cushions good for building and sliding.  The living room was a definite favorite for my kids.  On the sides of the house don’t miss a basketball hoop and ping-pong table.
Fun House is a great experience that I found just as fun as my kids. There is so much packed into the installation that it’s easy to get stuck in one room for awhile so you may need to prod your kids to keep moving through the Fun House.
If you visit, tickets include general entry to the museum so be sure to check out the two other exhibits that are very popular with families, Play Work Build and The Building Zone.  Visit Play Work Build at any time, but the Building Zone requires a timed ticket which is included with admission.
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Photos courtesy of Jamie Davis Smith.