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July – Monthly Roundup

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Wow, I blinked and another month of summer just passed by! July was a really fun month full of amazing memories. We spent the first 9 days visiting family and friends in Nebraska. Celebrating the 4th of July there was a fun experience for my girls. I was able to (legally) light fireworks for them in Mimi & Papa’s driveway. Smoke bombs and ground bloom flowers were a big hit! Clara also got to stay up late to watch a “big” fireworks display for the first time. Then we traveled back to DC and a week later we celebrated Mae’s 2nd birthday. The last two weeks of July, both girls went to summer camp together for the first time. That has been life changing to have a few hours to myself a couple mornings a week! But in between traveling, celebrations, lessons, and camp, we did make time for some family fun activities in the DC area.

Places we visited:

Sunflower fields at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area
Butler’s OrchardBlog post from last summer here
BusyBeesBlog post here
Bounce U
Potomac Farm Market
Homestead FarmBlog post from last fall here
• Old River Road swimming hole in Poolesville – This trip was inspired by an article I saw in the Washingtonian – “6 Great Swimming Holes Near Washington, DC”.

Events we attended:

Wings of Fancy Exhibit at Brookside Gardens
Summer Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Alphabet Rockers at Wolf TrapBlog post here
Backyard Theater for Children at Strathmore
Shrek the Musical at Encore Stage & Studio

Classes and camps we attended:

Geneva Day School Summer Camp
My Gym Potomac

Parks we played at:

Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD - #41 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
North Farm Park – Rockville, MD
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Potomac Woods Park – Rockville, MD

Hope you found some good ideas for your family in this month’s list! We are looking forward to a trip to Rehoboth Beach in August. My goal is to make the most out of the last month of summer before Clara starts full day pre-k! I want to seize every last day of this sweet summer goodness. Happy August!

Also, I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures in my gallery. I’d love to have you follow along!

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And I share more information and photos from our field trips and outings on facebook.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolmommablog



Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap
1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Virginia 22182
www.wolftrap.org
 

The Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods program at Wolf Trap is a summer tradition with fun shows for children ages 4 and up. Performances change weekly and range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling. The shows are interactive, educational, and fun. This week my girls and I saw Alphabet Rockers, an award-winning hip hop children’s music group.

After parking we started down the hill on the path through a large field and a flower garden area.

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The box office is a cute little gazebo at the end of the path where you can buy tickets or pick them up at will call.

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Just beyond the box office is a bridge that crosses over a small creek.

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Then we continued on a dirt path for about 50 yards to reach the amphitheater.

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There is stroller parking just outside the theater, along a fence. It is a bit of a walk from the parking lot, so I recommend bringing a stroller for toddlers.

Seating in the amphitheater is general admission and it’s bench style. There really isn’t a bad view from anywhere in the stands. It’s such a charming and unique theatre nestled in the trees with a canopy overhead. The setting of the theater makes for a fun and relaxed outing.

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The Alphabet Rockers took the stage with so much energy and enthusiasm. It was a sold-out crowd and they had the audience standing up dancing, singing, and beat boxing in no time. There were several times they asked for kids to volunteer to join them on stage. Some of their songs included positive educational messages including self-esteem, friendship, and making healthy food choices.

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When the 45 minute show was over we walked back to the creek and had a picnic at one of the tables. There are also many picnic tables available at the top of the hill. Kids are not allowed to play in the creek but they can run around and play in the large field area. My girls enjoyed looking at the fish in the creek from one of the bridges. It was a nice way to end an outdoor theatre adventure!

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Additional Info:

•Admission $8 per ticket for ages 2 and up. Children under age 2 are free.
•Parking is free.
•No food or drink (besides water) is allowed in the theatre area.
•Designated stroller parking available just outside the theatre.
•Bathrooms located at the top of the hill near the parking area or at the bottom of the hill across the field from the box office. There are no bathrooms right by the amphitheater so plan accordingly with your little ones.