Hope your Thursday is off to a good start. I began my (early) day with a little run. I wanted to get it in before the heat and humidity took over the day.
Yesterday Ava, her nanny Wendy, my friend Liz and her two kids Mitch & Leah, and I took a little field trip to Wegman’s Wonderplace at the National Museum of American History.
Wegman’s Wonderplace is a 1,700-square-foot interactive space designed for children 0 to 6 years old. It is the first such exhibition on the National Mall designed for kids of these ages and it provides historians-to-be with age-appropriate activities and experiences. I had been wanting to go here for a long time and it seemed particularly fitting to go now with Ava and with Liz and her adorable kids since everyone is currently in the said age-range. (Mitch is 5, Leah is 2.5, and Ava is 14 months). We could have totally brought Liz’s third kid, Max, who is 3 months old, but she decided to leave him with his Grandma for the day. 🙂
I think we were ALL impressed, which is saying a lot! I was particularly appreciative of how accommodating the exhibit was to very-new-moms. There were Boppies galore available to be used for breastfeeding sessions and lots of seating available too. There was a dedicated bathroom just for this exhibit – very convenient for diaper-changing and maybe even some potty-training!
The stations, if you will, within the exhibit were also pretty cool – very detailed, educational, engaging & interactive, and fun.
And honestly the best part of it all (as with all Smithsonian Museums) was entry for everyone was completely FREE. We probably stayed at the exhibit for an hour which is a win for anything kid-related, but even if we had only stayed there 20 minutes it would’ve been okay because we hadn’t spent an arm and a leg to take everyone there.
It wasn’t hard to see why the exhibit was able to keep everyone’s attention for some time.
After attentions spans were done, we headed over to the Navy Yard neighborhood to meet my mom for lunch at Gordon Biersch.
I snapped this adorable picture of the kiddos as we were walking to Liz’s car.
One note of advice, if you can, (especially in the summer) I’d suggest sneaking in here on a week day. Generally speaking the crowd and wait times aren’t terrible and your little ones can spend as much time in here as they want. On the weekends, to avoid an overflow of kids and adults (kids must be supervised at all times), the museums issues free timed tickets to people.
You may remember my last visit to this museum here. It’s been awhile!
Have a great day.