Trekaroo KidsMobile Travels to Washington DC – Family Friendly Activities

I love Trekaroo!  This is one of my favorite websites and I stop by several times a week.  Trekaroo is a great way to find family friendly activities, hotels, and restaurants in a city before you visit.  You can also learn more about your own town!  Got something to say about a family friendly experience?  Stop by Trekaroo and open up a free account.  You can start writing reviews about your favorite (or not so favorite) places right away.   KidsMobile is another great part of Trekaroo.  Every couple of weeks, bloggers all over the United States create lists that pertain to the stop that week.  Well, this week we are on the KidsMobile and it is stopping in Washington DC…one of my all-time favorite places to visit in the United States!  Check out all the great links below!  

Trekaroo’s growing community of families from all across the country have pitched in with their votes for the most kid-friendly stops in Washington D.C. Here’s the line up for 2009!

Best Kid-friendly Hotels in Washington, D.C. – voted by parents

Best Activities for Kids in Washington, D.C. – voted by parents

Some of DC’s top blogging moms and dads have jumped on board the KidsMobile, playing the role of local tour guide.  They are taking us into their fold by sharing with us their inside scoop about what’s fun for kids in their hometown.

Jennifer, a mom who loves the outdoors shares a fabulous list of The Best Kid-friendly Hiking Trails in DC.  Jennifer’s passion as an environmental educator led her to start Hiking Along – a super cool educational program where she leads groups of children, preschool to high school, on hikes and allows them to participate in hands-on science activities to learn about their natural surroundings. She also keeps a blog about hiking with kids.

Dave, better known as SuburbanDaddy, knows that cold weather is just around the corner and any parent of a young child will be eager for his list of The Best Indoor Places for Toddlers Around Washington DC.  He is the creator of Kidburst, an activities guide written by local parents about the Washington DC area with in-depth coverage of kids activities from summer camps to sporting facilities and classes.

 

Jennifers, tell us about 8 Things (Under $5) to Do in Washington DC with Toddlers. She is an adventurous mom of a 2 and 4 year old who has not allowed having kids to slow her down.  Although she’s based in Florida, Washington DC is one of her favorite vacation spots. She writes in depth about their family’s exciting adventures on Two Kids and A Map

 

Sujatha is mom to a 9 year old (boy) and 3 year old (girl) and brings us Fun Washington, D.C. Activities that get Kids Fired Up.  This list has some great ideas of places beyond the usual tour of Capitol Hill that will really get kids to perk up.  She writes candidly and casually about their travels as a family and about her adventures in parenting on her blog:  Blogpourri

Amy is a mom who sees everything as a teaching moment and traveling is no exception.  As a local DC mom, she’s got some her favorite Day Trips with Kids From Washington DC.  As a literacy consultant and former high school teacher her blog – teachmama – is full of wonderful ideas about how to weave education into holiday traditions, travel, games and more.

 

Jill, brings us her list of Must See Attractions in DC with Preteens and Teens.  She is the mom behind her prolific blog Musings From Me that covers a wide range of topics including parenting, travel and reviews of cool products.  Jill has been on the go all her life, living in England, Italy, and America but currently calls Maryland home.

Ms Twixt, brings us a list of What to do with Tweens in Washington D.C. As a mom to 3 tweens girls and a toddler boy, she is an expert on everything Tween.  Her Blog Twixt and Between provides helpful insights on topics that are current for tween girls and their parents. She even has a store in Georgetown Park with adorable age-appropriate clothing, shoes, gifts and accessories for Tween Girls.

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Next stop, Sunny  San Diego, CA

KidsMobile_jumponThe Trekaroo KidsMobile is a blog carnival with a twist.  It’s designed to provide a unique opportunity for mom and dad bloggers to be featured on Trekaroo while

1) expressing their unique point of view

2) getting a web of link exchanges.

Join us for one of our next stopovers.

Colors so brilliant they look fake!

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Living in the Florida Panhandle, we rarely see the leaves change colors.  A lot of the leaves stay green, some change briefly, others go straight to brown.  While we were in Washington DC, we had the opportunity to see leaves that had changed into the most brilliant colors I have ever seen.  They don’t even look real!  I had to touch the leaves to make sure they weren’t silk!

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This post is part of You Capture over at I Should Be Folding Laundry and the theme for this week was Photographer’s Choice!Photobucket

National Museum of the American Indian Cafe

One of my favorite places to eat on the Mall in Washington DC is the Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian.  The first time I ate there on a recommendation while I was on a solo trip to DC.  This time I brought my kids!  The Mitsitam Cafe is set up in five food stations that show the cooking style and food flavors of the American Indian.  My children loved wandering through the bustling cafe as they watched the people dish up heaping piles of buffalo, cooking over an open flame, make fry bread, and piece together tacos.  The Spring Menu includes items like turtle soup, acorn squash, salmon sandwich, guava tapioca, and blue corn zuchinni cake.  It takes me forever to wander around and finally make a decision about what I want to order.  I finally chose a meal from the Great Plains: an Indian Taco with buffalo chili on fry bread topped with pinto beans, lettuce, chiles and shredded cheese.  And don’t forget to stop by the Meso America region where the guacamole is possibly some of the best I have ever tasted!  I skipped dessert because I was disappointed that I didn’t find my favorite available: pine nut and cranberry cookie.

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Stop by Wanderlust and Lipstick to check out Wanderfood Wednesday.
Washington DC Things To Do

Five Things to do in Washington, DC with Children Under Five

One of our favorite US destinations is our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Any child who has had a class in American history can appreciate or at least tolerate the monuments, museums and memorials even if they complain the whole time. But what do you do with your toddlers? You know the children I am talking about! The ones that are too big to throw in your front carrier, too big to be content sitting in the stroller but too small to be expected to walk quietly all day long through museum after museum with their hands by their sides?!? We have two of them ourselves, so we understand your trip planning issues! These are our five most favorite things to do in Washington DC with kids under the age of five.

National Museum of Natural History — The toddlers will be captivated the minute they walk through the door and see the gigantic African bull elephant. There is a great discovery room on the first floor. Big S’s favorite part-and my least favorite-was petting the Madagascar hissing cockroach. Gross.

Play on the National Mall and Memorial Parks — Start near the Smithsonian Metro stop and head towards the Washington Monument. Have a picnic in the grass, toss a football, watch a game being played or play tag. After your playtime, walk around the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial. The kids will enjoy looking at the fountains. If you are feeling energetic, head to the Lincoln Memorial.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum — See real rocket ships up close! When you get there, stop by the desk and see if there is a story time event while you are visiting. There is a great hands-on discovery section in the “How Things Fly” room. Stop by the gift shop and pick up a package of Space Ice Cream!

National Zoological Park — This zoo will keep your little ones busy all afternoon. The panda bears are so funny to watch and the kids will be surprised by the Komodo Dragons. We loved watching the seals play and the big cats stalk around. Our son didn’t want to leave the elephant house even though it smelled! A note to parents: The website says that the zoo is a “short walk” from the metro. With toddlers in tow, it isn’t very far but I wouldn’t qualify it as a short walk!

Hop on the Metro — The metro is our favorite mode of transportation while in DC. We do not have a metro in my city so my kids are always fascinated! From riding the escalator to watching the metro zip by, the children will be entertained for just a few bucks. For added excitement, get off at Dupont Circle. Cross the street to Hello Cupcake and pick out a scrumptious cupcake for just three bucks.

An added bonus? Except for the Metro, everything listed here is free!
Washington DC Family Travel Tips

Cherry Blossom Festival–Photo Friday

In honor of this weekend’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, I am going to show off some of my cherry blossom and Japanese Tulip pictures for Photo Friday. Check out some other great travel photos at Delicious Baby. The Cherry Blossom Festival is great for families! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous and make for a great backdrop for a picnic or family pictures. Some of the festival events that I wish I was up there attending this weekend: The Smithsonian Kite Festival, The Lantern Lighting Ceremony, and the Fireworks Show. If you are in the DC area, make sure that you stop by some of the events and tell me all about it!

Photo Friday

One of the things that I am so thankful for is the freedom to be able to continue traveling even though I have a family now. I am thankful for their love of travel as well! In honor of this freedom, I bring you pictures from Washington DC! This is part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby!