Day or Weekend Trips:
Pirate ship adventure in Annapolis, MD. It looks like it would be a lot of fun for the kids. Also, from the cannon that says “What’s New” on the left side of the website shows some days that have special price deals. Visit their websitehttp://www.chesapeakepirates.com/. Saturdays and Sundays through late October — reservations recommeded.
Camping – you can camp at either Burke Lake Park or Lake Fairfax Park. Other camping ideas at: http://www.our-kids.com/public/t/?f=1&s=101&t=283
Parktakes offers too many day trips and tours to list them all, but you can get a free subscription to the Parktakes catalog by calling 703-222-4644. You can see a lot of them at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes.htm
Day Out with Thomas – November 19-21 Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. You’ll find lots of other exciting activities, and a complete selection of Thomas merchandise in our gift shop. The Strasburg Rail Road is located on Route 741, 1-1/2 miles east of the center square in historic Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. – Approx. 3 hours from DC. Tickets are $18 for ages 2 and up, $25 for ages 2 and up if you ride Thomas and a regular train too.
Crayola Crayon Factory – in Easton, PA http://www.crayola.com/factory/
National Zoo – 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW in DC http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ Easily done in a day, you can drive or take the Metro. Food is available, but expensive, so you may want to pack your own lunch. The small mammal house was a big hit with our children. Check the website for activities and special notices specific to the day you are going.
Museums – we certainly have a bounty of them in DC as well as the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Dulles. I’ve heard the air and space museum has free parking after 4 (b/c it’s not long before closing time) so it’s a great place to take kids just to get their energy out – large space for them to roam in.
National Aquarium in Baltimore – 501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. http://www.aqua.org/ Note that strollers are note allowed in the aquarium.
Children’s Museum of Richmond — 2626 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 804-474-CMoR (2667) http://www.c-mor.org/ A great hands-on museum for kids. In addition to the exhibits (playing with shadows, water, etc.) there is a fantastic art room where kids can paint, rubber stamp and do all kinds of wonderful art projects.
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (Children’s Museum) Winchester, VA – http://www.discoverymuseum.net/ A small but terrific children’s museum closer than Richmond and worth the drive. Not as big as the Richmond one, but still fun, especially for smaller children.