Monday, December 1, 2008

A day at the Mall...the National Mall that is

In my effort to be a "better" mom, I've come up with a brillant idea to hit the museums and monuments each Saturday with the kids. I feel bad that we live in such a culturally rich area and yet my kids haven't been to many of the museums aside from field trips. So after a stern talking to, i.e. "if the two of you can't get along this will be our FIRST and LAST trip to D.C.", we headed out to door to the Metro Station.

W and I were able to look at the map and navigate (in our minds) the quickest route to the Federal Triangle Stop. We then made our way to the Museum of Natural History. Usually I am such an OCD Control-Freak, but I put that aside and let the kids navigate our way through the museum. The new ocean hall was beautiful...we walked through the Discovering Rastafari exhibit (this was W's favorite part), held a box, something or other, catipillar. That was felt like playdoh, but warmed up as you held it in your hand. They even had the Madagascar Cockroaches out...we declined on holding them...LOL!

L liked the Hope Diamond and the different gems. We must have spent at least 3 hours in the museum, but the kids were great with each other.

After we left the museum we walked to the Washington Monument in hopes of getting tickets, but it was too late in the day, so we took a couple pictures, hung out on the heat grate for a while, then headed back to the Metro. We finished up the day with a piping hot Costco Pizza!!

W wants to go to the Holocaust Museum next, but I am not sure about that...I think it is a little dark and too serious a subject matter for L at this point. Maybe we will hit the newly opened Museum of American History.