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Washington, D.C.

Spy Kids: Sleuths & Secrets With Your Grandchild

Program No. 23214RJ
Decode D.C.’s history of espionage with your spy kid grandchild, as you visit the city’s most notorious spy sites and learn about investigative gadgets from former CIA & NSA agents.

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At a Glance

Invite your grandchild to join the ranks of Harriet the Spy, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown as they transform into student sleuths and spy kids during a week of mysterious adventure. Together, you’ll investigate Washington D.C.’s cryptic history during visits to the city’s most notorious spy sites, as well as the International Spy Museum and the Cryptologic Museum at the NSA Headquarters. Meet former CIA agents, and learn about different spying devices and decoding tactics on this covert adventure!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Program involves walking up to two full miles each day, taking Washington, D.C. public transportation, and getting on/off motor coach.

What You'll Learn

  • Enjoy a private, hands-on presentation on the art of espionage from a former intelligence officer.
  • View rare spy artifacts and learn all about the art of espionage at the International Spy Museum.
  • Decode D.C.’s history of espionage at Mount Vernon as you learn about the Culper Gang, America’s first Spy Ring, coordinated by George Washington himself.
Featured Expert
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Charles J. Miller
Chuck Miller served 28 years at the Central Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office. At the CIA, he held assignments as a technical operations officer, program manager, systems engineer, and technical counterintelligence officer. At the NRO, he served as mission director, project manager and senior systems engineer. Chuck served abroad for ten years in support of overseas operations. Chuck retired in 2001 and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal and the NRO Silver Medal for Achievement. Since 2009, Mr. Miller has been an independent consultant.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Chuck Miller served 28 years at the Central Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office. At the CIA, he held assignments as a technical operations officer, program manager, systems engineer, and technical counterintelligence officer. At the NRO, he served as mission director, project manager and senior systems engineer. Chuck served abroad for ten years in support of overseas operations. Chuck retired in 2001 and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal and the NRO Silver Medal for Achievement. Since 2009, Mr. Miller has been an independent consultant.
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Ella Schiralli is a certified D.C. group leader with a passion for sharing the culture, history, and modern vibrancy of our nation’s capital. She graduated from George Washington University with a B.B.A. and E.M.B.A. Ella values diversity and is passionate about leadership. She has had the opportunity to work and volunteer in organizations that range from advanced homeland security solutions and public policy advocacy, to women’s military achievements, the performing arts, and children’s advocacy.
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Leigh Jameson View biography
Leigh Jameson is a Virginia native and local to the D.C. area for most of her life. She has over thirty-five years' experience as an actor and storyteller, and has served as a group leader throughout the East Coast. Over the past fifteen years, Leigh has worked with some of the most prestigious museums in the country, including the Smithsonian's American History Museum, Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg, and has two published guidebooks focused on this history.
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Brian Hilton was a guide and researcher at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate for 10 years, and has portrayed George Washington as a historical interpreter since 2007. He was selected as the James Madison Fellow for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2021-2022, and currently is the official George Washington for the City of Alexandria, Virginia. He is, first and foremost, an educator and academic portraying Washington with the goal and intention of informing, inspiring and interacting with audiences across the country and around the world.
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