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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.

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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!

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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

 

 



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



Homestead Farm – It’s Apple Picking Season

Homestead Farm
15604 Sugarland Road
Poolesville, MD 20837
301-977-3761
www.homestead-farm.net  

Homestead Farm is one of our favorite pick-your-own farms in the area. It isn’t as crowded as other farms and it is located in a scenic and peaceful area. I received the email update earlier this week announcing that Honeycrisp apples were in great abundance and ready for picking. So, the girls and I headed out to the farm this afternoon.

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Homestead is open 7 days a week 9-6pm

After entering, we picked up a cart and bucket at the market. It is a bit of a walk from the market to the apple fields, so I gave the girls a ride in the cart.

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Much more fun than the stroller

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Follow the signs

The signs direct you to the rows that are ready for picking. The rows that are not yet ripe are roped off.

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Honeycrisp is Homestead’s fastest selling variety

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Clara did all the picking while Mae & I ate

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Delicious!

After picking apples, we stopped by the cut-your-own flower patch.

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Bags and scissors are provided

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Clara was oohhing & ahhing over the colorful flowers

After picking flowers we headed over to feed the goats. Animal feed is available to purchase in the market.

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Friendly goats

The goat walk is pretty cool! On the far left post is a pulley with a small bucket for food. You can then send the bucket up to the top to entice the goats to climb the beams.

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Goat walk

Today we also saw some chickens and an alpaca. Other times we have been at the farm there have been cows and pigs as well.

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Mr Alpaca was eager to meet us

There is also a hay bale area for the kids to play.

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I love this place!

Other useful info about visiting Homestead Farm:

• No pets allowed
• No birthday parties
• Porta-potties only
• The market sells a variety of seasonally fresh fruits & veggies, local honey, & preserves
• The market accepts credit cards
• A food stand is open on the weekends where they sell hotdogs, hamburgers, desserts, etc
• Sign up on their website for the email updates so you know what is available to pick

We will definitely be going back in a month or so to pick pumpkins and go on a hayride.