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Day and Weekend Trips – 2011

Day or Weekend Trips:

Let’s face it — we are SPOILED in the Mid-Atlantic.   There are books and books about excursions in our area, but I wanted a place to start noting fun things either our family has done or wants to do — feel free to let me know about some of your favorites!  Consider this a page always in progress…

Pirate ship adventure in Annapolis, MD. It looks like it would be a lot of fun for the kids.   See the Captain’s Log for special savings days such as $5 ticket day, free tickets for fathers and grandfathers on Father’s day and so on.  Visit their website for details on ticket pricing and availability — reservations recommended. http://www.chesapeakepirates.com/

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 -  (various dates, various locations) 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.   Your travels may allow you to meet Thomas in different locales, but  for many of  my readers, a popular one is The Strasburg Rail Road, 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 ranger from $14 – $24 depending on whether you ride Thomas or Thomas and a regular train as well. 

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. 

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.  Additionally there is Port Discovery and the Maryland Science Center.

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.