Day 1 ~ We spent the entire day on the road. We stopped for a nice walk and picnic in a park. We got into town around dinner time.
Day 2 ~ We were aware that a government shutdown was looming and wanted to get to as many federal sites as possible without overwhelming the children. We started our day off with a tour of the Manassas National Battlefield. While it wasn't the time period we had targeted, my husband really wanted to see the Civil War battlefield and it was a good review for the kids. We figured that the outdoors would be relaxing and make it easier to visit museums in the afternoon.
We dropped Boomer off at my father's home and had a quick lunch. Then we were off to see a museum or two. We decided to split up for a little while. Tim and DH wanted to see the Natural History Museum. This museum never gets old for my nature loving son. I wanted to see the Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes exhibit at the National Gallery of Art with Tom Sawyer and Little Red Riding Hood. This impressive exhibit was perfect for my theater loving kids. It was filled with costumes and films of many different ballets.
|What am I going to do with this 11 year old boy? I hope the funny face stage will end soon. They are with my step-mother.|
Day 3 ~ We visited the Air and Space Museum first. This is a huge museum. The plan was to see the Wright Brother's exhibit and let the kids wander through a few other exhibits if they were interested. The Wright Brother's exhibit was a nice review of what we learned at the beginning of this year. Then they wanted to do some hands-on activities around the museum. They especially liked the huge planes hanging in the main gallery that showed the history of flight all in one place. They also liked walking through some of the airplanes and space modules.
The first few days were a whirlwind. As you know, the government did shutdown and we had to find non-federal things to do for the rest of the week. I will tell about those tomorrow.