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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.

 

 



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.