Showing posts from March, 2015

National Museum of The American Indian in D.C.

November was all about Thanksgiving at the Sippy Cup Sojourner household! We dressed up like Pilgrims, built a Mayflower replica out of an old box, and headed out for some FREE adventure at the National Museum of The American Indian in D.C. We drove to D.C. and found a great parking deal with Parking Panda right down the street from the museum. 
If you don't like to drive in circles waiting, I highly suggest prepaying for parking with Parking Panda. (Use my link to sign up and get $5 off!)
I was thrilled with the children's hands-on area of the museum. Sam was able to look at totem poles, artifacts, and watch videos in the exhibit halls. Then we headed over to imagiNATIONS Activity Center for Sam to touch, create, play, and learn! We explored American Indian baskets and then were able to try our hand at making our own weaving patterns. 
Sam explored American Indian homes by building a large igloo, exploring a teepee, and cooking in a home! 

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The Building Museum In Washington, D.C.

The Building Museum In Washington, D.C.
Most of the attractions in D.C. are free so when something is paid for I have high expectations. The website was so flashy and boasted such get stylized photos; I was excited. Then when we arrived it was lack luster at best. (This is part of the reason you will never find stylized photos on my blog. I want you to see what it really looks like!!) The building itself was amazing, great architecture and design for the adults to enjoy. 

Most the the halls and rooms are empty. This building is mostly used as an event space. The museum is a secondary function. The kids' space, The Building Zone, on the first floor was "sold out" for the entire day when we went. 

The kids area upstairs was interesting and fun to explore for Sam but not worth the entrance fee. 

Over all it was a museum I would skip unless you're really bored and the weather is bad. The best part was the large gift shop. Interesting finds for adults and children.

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Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA

Sam and I headed out to explore the farm located right in Fairfax county! What a special treat to have live farm animals so close to home in Herndon! Fun fact: all the presidential pardoned turkey's come to live at the Frying Pan Farm! The entire farm is free of charge, it makes a wonderful place to come for a picnic throughout the week. (Can't beat the price!) Sam loved being able to get so close to pigs, cows, goats, sheep, turkeys, and chickens.
There are picnic tables on the grounds as well as a small kids playground. 
For an extra fee little ones can take wagon rides and a shop at a country store on the farm as well. On our trip we learned that the Farm hosts classes for kids through the Parktakes program. We're excited for the spring to check them out!

SCS Fast Facts
- Off Road Stroller Accessible
- Public Restrooms
- Picnic Tables

Helpful Websites
Frying Pan Farm
Classes on the Farm

2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, VA 20171


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