Follow the Yellow Brick Road (Wizard of Oz Playground)

  Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Wizard of Oz-themed playground! The playground design is a literary dream as it tells the story of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” from Auntie Em and Uncle Henry’s Kansas farm to the poppy field, Emerald City and Dorothy’s attempt to get home via hot air balloon. Even more, Dorothy’s ruby slippers were adapted to be … Continue reading Follow the Yellow Brick Road (Wizard of Oz Playground)

Libraries

Libraries are a great place to go with kids of all ages, including babies. Moms, if you are looking to venture out with your little one then head to a library. They have so much to offer and chances are, you’ll make new friends! Alexandria City multiple locations with a wide variety of FREE programs and daily events. Beatley Central Branch features a nice indoor play area for the … Continue reading Libraries

Rides (Miniature Trains, Carousels, & Wagons)

  Seasonal schedules may apply. Always check before going. National Mall $FEE National Harbor Carousel and The Capital Wheel  $FEE Zoo Conservation Carousel $FEE/FREE for FONZ members Lee District/Chessie’s Big Back Yard $FEE The carousel has a Chesapeake Bay theme with animals such as a turtle, frog, hummingbird and swan, in addition to traditional horses. Get ready to take a ride on the carousel that allows children … Continue reading Rides (Miniature Trains, Carousels, & Wagons)

Zoo/Farms/Colonial Farms

    National Zoo Free Admission/$25 parking, FONZ memberships perks include free parking, special events, unlimited carousel rides, discounts, and more. Daily programs will keep you informed on what’s happening, where, when, and how you can take part. The Zoo offers classes, camps, and snore and roar sleepovers for all ages.  Watch for seasonal events like Boo in the Zoo and Zoo Lights. The Zoo is home … Continue reading Zoo/Farms/Colonial Farms

Nature Centers

Hidden Oaks  FREE/$FEE for camps and some classes, nestled inside the 52-acre Annandale District Park in Annandale, VA. You’ll find live animal displays, exhibits, a pond, creeks, woodland trails, gardens, a resource library, a rain garden, and a play area. The play area decorated with trees, logs, and a mushroom table and stools that is stocked with costumes, puzzles, and toys. Hidden Oaks offers classes, camps, … Continue reading Nature Centers