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Air & Scare 2013

One of our Halloween traditions is attending Air & Scare at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. It’s a fun evening of trick or treating among the planes, as well as some crafts, science activities, and lots of Star Wars characters!

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The kids dressed up as Buzz Lightyear and Sofia the First. They quickly got a bag full of candy to enjoy as we strolled around the museum.

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We spotted the giant Marshmallow Man where Luke and Tom got a photo with some Ghostbusters.

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We checked out some exhibits and games.

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Then we got pictures with a bunch of Star Wars characters

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Luke was a big fan of the Jawa.

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(Scarlett wasn’t that interested in being photographed.)

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This is a fun event that we look forward to each year, and 2013 was no exception. Planes, candy and Jedi – what more could you ask for?

 

 

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Summer Fun List: Ride the Carousel

When I discovered that there was a Carousel on the National Mall, I knew we had to ride it. Even though it costs $3.50 per person, it still seemed worth it. Scarlett LOVES carousels (or “carouselfs” as she calls them) and was absolutely giddy when we told her we were going to ride one.

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It’s a pretty cool location, with the Washington Monument on oneside and the Capitol Building on the other.

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The carousel has old-fashioned charm. Tom took the kids to ride while I took pictures.

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And it was super fun for a 3 and 4 year old. They waved every time they passed me.

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Scarlett wanted to go again as soon as the ride ended, but we told her we would take her to the carousel at Clemyjontri Park, which is half the price. I’ll ride that one with them! She agreed and said a loving goodbye to her white horse that she named “Pink-Blue.”

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It makes a nice summer memory.

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Disney Planes Activity: Watching Planes Land

One of our favorite places to go for a picnic is Gravelly Point Park. Located right next to Reagan National Airport, it’s a grassy area on the river where planes fly right overhead as they take off or land in Washington DC.

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We went just before dusk and spread out a blanket. The kids played in the grass while we waited to see the airplanes.

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It was a busy night at the airport!  We saw lots of planes.

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They were loud! We took turns covering the kids’ ears.

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It’s a unique experience, with a great view! Highly recommended.

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Summer Fun List: Ice Cream Truck

When we put “Ice Cream Truck” on our Summer Fun List, I was thinking of one of the trucks that drives around the neighborhood on warm evenings, or maybe the one that shows up at the playground with cool treats on a hot afternoon. But when we happened on a line of snack trucks just outside the Smithsonian Museums in D.C., we decided there wasn’t a better time for some ice cream.
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With about a hundred options, both kids chose vanilla cones. A summer classic!

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The kids were delighted, and we enjoyed our treats sitting in the grass, listening to the tinkling music from the trucks. A delicious day!