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April – Monthly Roundup

Welcome to the first post of my new Monthly Roundup series. I will be recapping the things we did and places we went at the end of each month. I hope this will help you to discover something new you want to do with your children!

April was a really fun month full of gorgeous color from all the spring blossoms. My girls were eager to spend time outdoors as the weather got nicer.

IMG_0151Places we visited:

Burnside Farms –  blog post here
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens – blog post here
Brookside Gardens
Lake Frank – blog post here
Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Events we attended:

Meadowside Nature Center‘s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
• Blue at Imagination Stage – no longer showing but I recommend any of the shows in the “My First Imagination Stage” series for ages 1-5. We’ve seen all of them and they are all great! The next show is Aquarium, June 27-July 26.

Classes/Camps we attended:

Ballet Petite
Kids First Swim School – blog post here
Funfit Tots
FS Soccer
My Gym

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
Gravelly Point Park – Arlington, VA
Montrose Park – Washington, DC
Avenel Park – Potomac, MD

I hope this roundup has given you some ideas and inspired you to explore something new with your kids!

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, Virginia 22182
 

My girls have been so excited to spend time playing outdoors this spring, especially after the winter we had. They absolutely love looking at (and picking) flowers. So, last week on an exceptionally beautiful day we headed out to Vienna, Virginia to explore Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.

Inside the visitors center are a few tanks with turtles and fish, so we stopped to look at those first.

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After paying the entrance fee, we headed outside to explore the gardens. At first, Clara and Mae were disappointed when I told them they couldn’t pick any of the flowers but they got over it quickly. There was so much else for them to look at and do here. And we did find a few wildflowers growing by the lake that I let them pick. That seemed to keep them satisfied with their flower picking desires!

We stopped to admire the fairy garden right outside of the Visitors Center. Then I told Clara that there was a children’s garden area, so of course that was the spot she wanted to check out next. We took the path down to the whimsical area next to the Gardiner lake.

My girls were immediately drawn to the deck area that had a little wooden chairs and a table with tea cups. Such a perfect spot for a lakeside tea party!

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There is a second tea garden area with another cute table and chairs. The children’s garden also has “touch and smell” areas for the children to explore.

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My girls loved watching the geese in the lake and spotting all the turtles – lots and lots of turtles! Clara had fun counting them all.

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From the children’s garden, Clara spotted these totem poles out in an open field and ran over to them. Mae tried to follow as quickly as she could! It looked like these were put there just for them – big sister and little sister totems!

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We continued around the path and enjoyed the cherry blossom trees along Lake Caroline. We walked out onto the gazebo and the girls loved looking at the Koi fish.

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By this point, we had been at the gardens for close to two hours and Mae (who hadn’t yet napped) was on the verge of a meltdown. So we skipped the Korean Bell Garden and a lot of other areas. We started to walk back towards the visitors center but stopped briefly at this garden full of golden daffodils. It was too pretty to not enjoy.

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There is so much more to explore at Meadowlark! We will definitely return to see everything we missed during our first visit. I imagine that it’s a different experience with each different season.

Good to Know:

•Admission: free under age 6, $2.50 age 7-17, $5.00 age 18-54, $2.50 age 55 and older
•Free parking
•Bring a stroller for little ones. It is a lot of walking, so even if they don’t want to sit in the stroller at first, they might want it towards the end of your visit. There is a paved pathway throughout.
•There is a gift shop in the visitors center where they have drinks, snacks, and small toys available to purchase.