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May – Monthly Roundup

May was a busy month full of fun adventures with my girls. We spent a lot of time outdoors at different farms and parks. It was filled with lots of flowers and happy moments. I’ve always thought fall was my favorite time in the DC area but I’m not sure anymore because this spring has been pretty amazing. We visited some really pretty places and made a lot of great memories!

IMG_1921Places we visited:

United States National Arboretum
Wegmeyers FarmOatlands Historic House and Gardens – blog post here
Homestead Farm – blog post from last fall here
Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens
Washington National Cathedral and Bishop’s Garden
Beauvoir Outdoors
Scott’s Run Nature Preserve
Croydon Creek Nature Center
Fountains at Rockville Town Square

Events we attended:

• Day Out with Thomas – B&O Railroad Museum – blog post here
• Royal Tea Party – Thomas Farm Community Center
• Spring Market Fair – Claude Moore Colonial Farm
• Fairytale Ballet Tea Party – Metropolitan Ballet Theatre
• Hometown Holidays – Rockville Town Square

Classes/Camps we attended:

My Gym
Funfit Tots
FS Soccer

Parks we played at:

Meridian Hill Park – Washington, DC
Chevy Chase Playground and Splash Park – Washington, DC – blog post here
Clemyjontri Park – McLean, VA – blog post here#4 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
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

I hope this roundup has given you some new ideas and inspired you to go out and explore with your kids! Have a fabulous June!

Also, I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures on my feed.

Instagram: capitol.momma

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolmommablog

 

 



Day Out with Thomas – B&O Railroad Museum

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
www.borail.org

This was our first trip to the B&O Railroad Museum and also our first time attending the Day Out with Thomas event so we didn’t know what to expect. It turned out we were pleasantly surprised by the museum and my girls were thoroughly entertained with all the activities offered at the event.

BOsignWe first entered the Roundhouse which is a really striking building with all the American flags hanging above the historic trains.

BOroundhouse1We walked through the interactive train exhibits and then my girls spotted the Thomas themed train tables. There were lots of different train and lego tables set up for the children to enjoy. In this area, there is also a Choo-Choo Blue Train Depot that my girls had fun playing in and dressing up as train conductors.

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It was then time to board the train for our ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine.

BOThomasThis ended up being my girls least favorite part of the event. We waited on the train for about 10-15 minutes while everyone boarded. Then the train went on a very slow and not-so-scenic ride that lasted 25 minutes. It was just a little too long for them. They were anxious to get off the train and check out all the other activities.

BOclaraThe next thing that caught their eye was the carousel and another carnival type ride. It was nice that the lines for the rides were not long at all and did not cost extra.

BOride There were so many other fun things to do here including a train themed playground, crafts and tattoo stations, hay maze, and moon bounce. My girls especially loved the petting zoo that had 18 different types of animals.

The performance by Junk Rock was also a big hit with my girls. They were fascinated with watching them drum and dance and even joined in on the fun!

We spent three hours at the event, so my girls were pretty tired. There are so many fun activities that any younger child is sure to have a great time. My girls aren’t even huge fans of Thomas and loved it. I would definitely recommend this event to parents of toddlers and preschoolers.

On our way out, we stopped in the gift shop that was full of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise. I let each girl pick out a toy and they were as happy as can be!

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Good to Know:

•Admission $21 per ticket for ages 2 and up.
•A few activities require an additional fee.
•Parking is free and secure.
•Food concessions offered throughout the event.
•Designated stroller parking available. Strollers are not permitted inside the train.
•Bathrooms with changing tables available in the museum.