Day Trip Ideas

We love getting out and about.  Here are posts and points of interest to kids in the DC metro area. Scroll around the map below.  The volcanoes signify there are associated blog postings.

Blog Post by location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Workhouse Arts Center
Scott's Mill Trail
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
National Building Museum
Colvin Run Mill
Rock Creek Park
River Bend Park
National Museum of Natural History
National Gallery of Art
Huntley Meadows
Claude Moore Park

By Season:
Fun Fall Things to do with Little Kids
Pretty Winter Holiday Magic

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What to Pack on a Day Trip
I tend to travel as light as possible.  Unmotherly as it sounds: I'd rather be under prepared than weighed down!  Here's my short and sweet list and tips for tripping light, avoiding processed foods, and still keeping happy.

  1. Snacks you an eat with your fingers or tooth picks (cubed cheese, apples, blueberries, grapes)
  2. Protein you can eat with your hands or tooth picks (hotdogs, cubed sirloin, sandwiches made from sprouted bread or GF bread, chicken drumsticks, cubed chicken breast) 
  3. Water bottle
  4. Camera
  5. Wallet + bus fare, metro card
  6. Diapers and plastic bag for dirty cloth diapers (you can avoid needing wipes by washing baby's butt in a restroom sink)
  7. Change of pants in case of potty accident (depends on how reliable kid is)
I leave the stroller at home cause I find my kids engage more with the surroundings when they walk and roam.   But if you have a little one that naps during the morning, it would probably be best to have a stroller or wrap.

I try not to buy things when we're out.  But when it's super hot, I let the kids talk me into an ice cream or lemonade.


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