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Summer Bucket List – 2015

We are ready for summer! There are so many fun things to do in the DC area and every summer seems to go by faster and faster. This year I decided to make a list of our top activities that we want to do. This is also Clara’s last summer before starting a full day pre-kindergarten program in the fall. So, we want to make this one count! In between trips to Nebraska and Rehoboth Beach, camps, pool time, bbqs, and tennis and swim lessons, we hope to fit these other fun things into our days. Some of these activities are our tried-and-true favorites and some are new things that we will be doing for the first time. I hope this gives you some good ideas of fun things to do with your family. Hooray for summer, it’s going to be a good one!

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1. Go berry picking – Wegmeyer Farms, Homestead Farms, and Butler’s Orchard are a few of our favorite places to pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries

2. Play at splash parks – Chevy Chase Playground, Palisades Recreation Center, South Germantown Splash Park are some of our favorites

3. Go hiking – Croydon Creek Nature Center, Black Hills Regional Park, Lake Frank, Lake Needwood, Sugarloaf Mountain are some on our list

4. Attend the Hometown Holidays street festival at Rockville Town Square

5. Visit the United States National Arboretum (again)

5. Go see Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Alice in Wonderland

6. Attend at least one of the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods programs at Wolf Trap

7. Visit a new park – Temple Hall Farm Park, Meridian Hill Park, Yards Park, Burke Lake Park, and Fort Washington Park are on our list

8. Check out a few farmer’s markets – Potomac Farm Market, Rockville Farmer’s Market, Potomac Village Farmer’s Market, Garrett Park Farmer’s Market, and Dupont Circle are on our list

9. Attend one of the Backyard Theater for Children shows at Strathmore

10. Play at BusyBees, a new indoor playground opening in Falls Church

11. Go to a Nationals baseball game

12. Ride the Cabin John train

13. Play in the Fountain at Rockville Town Square

14. Attend the Summer Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm

15. Take a Boomerang Pirate Ship Cruise on the Potomac

16. Tour the National Cathedral and Bishop’s Garden and play at nearby Beauvoir Playground

17. Explore a new farm during the Montgomery County Farm Tour

18. Visit South Mountain Creamery

19. Ride the carousel at Glen Echo Park

20. Go on rides and visit the animals at the Montgomery County Fair



Nationals Park with Toddlers in Tow

Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
 

We have been wanting to go to a Nationals game all summer. Finally, we had a free Sunday so I bought tickets for the family to go to the 1:35pm game against the Giants. We decided to drive down to the stadium and of course, we got stuck in traffic. We ended up getting down there a little after the start of the game and pulled up to the closest parking garage to surprisingly find that they still had spots available. Parking was $30 but definitely worth it since we were late and only had a short walk to the stadium.

Good information to know before you go with little ones:

Children 2 years of age and under are not required to have a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of an accompanying adult.

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Yay, Mae you are free!

Strollers are allowed in all concourse areas at Nationals Park. Strollers that are unable to fold and fit under the seats have to be checked either at a Guest Services location, the Center Field Plaza or behind Sections 131 or 321. I brought our City Mini stroller, so I checked it at the Guest Services that was located just inside the Center Field gates.

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Guest Services – Stroller Check

Our seats were great! We sat on the third base side of the field, so we were not directly in the sun. And the bathrooms (including family restrooms equipped with baby changing stations) were located in the concourse directly behind our section. Always a good thing to be near bathrooms when you have toddlers and babies with you.

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Left Field Baseline

The girls were content in our seats for a while noshing on hotdogs, Boardwalk fries, and popcorn.

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Filling Bellies

After filling their bellies with ballpark fare, the girls were getting antsy so I took them over the jungle gym located in the Right Field Gate. We had to wait in line for 10 minutes to get inside. They only allow about 10 kids in at a time and give them 10 minutes to play before they rotate them out for the next group. There are lots of places to climb up and a few different slides on the structure. Best for ages 3-8, but my little Mae (13 months) had a blast running around and climbing up on the lower platform areas.

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Also, fun for kids ages 12 and younger is the Jr. Nationals Kids Club. Members receive a membership card, messenger bag, coupon book for discounts on tickets, front-of-line privileges for Kids Run the Bases and more. The Jr. Nationals kiosk is located just in front of the kids play area. For details, go to nationals.com/jrnats. I didn’t register the girls for the club but I do think it would be great to do when they are older and we can attend more games.

After select Sunday home games, children can take part in the Kids Run the Bases. All kids ages 4-12 are encouraged to participate. We didn’t stay for the whole game this time but next summer I would love to have Clara participate in this; she would absolutely love it.

We had a great time at the Nationals game as a family. After about three hours, Mae was wiped out, so we decided to head home and she immediately fell asleep in the car. Clara had so much fun and did not want to leave. Her favorite part was cheering! She has asked a few times if we can go to another game.

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Cute little Nats fans!