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View from the D.M.V. Wegman’s Wonderplace National Museum of American History Washington D.C.

wegmans-wonderplace

Wegmans Wonderplace welcomes curious kids ages 0–6 and their grownups to exercise their imaginations, wiggle their bodies, and explore with their hands”. Whether you’re a D.C. local like me or a visitor to the nation’s capital if you’re in D.C. with little ones this is a great place to entertain them and help them get some energy out!  It’s a great break for little ones stuck in stroller site seeing all day or another fun indoor play room for local’s to use.

My one year old loved climbing the stairs, going down the slide, checking out the fruit and veggie stands, playing in the kitchen and store, driving the boat, and playing with the magnetic gear wall.  I can see this place becoming even more exciting for him as he continues to grow. Some nice features on top of all of the awesome play spaces are the reading corner with boppy’s where you can nurse little ones, a crawling zone for littler babies, and a bathroom equipped with a kids toilet and changing table.

Hour’s and Ticket Information

Wegmans Wonderplace is open every day, except Tuesdays and December 25

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Weekdays
On weekdays, admission to Wegmans Wonderplace is on a first come, first-served basis. There may be a brief wait to enter during busy times.

Weekends and Federal Holidays
On weekends and federal holidays, we use FREE, timed tickets to minimize wait time.

Tickets are available for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis.

No tickets are required for the first session from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

To visit during a later half-hour session, visitors may pick up a ticket at Wegmans Wonderplace in 1 West. The last entry is at 3:30 p.m.

(I first visited on a holiday weekend and it wasn’t crowded so they weren’t giving out tickets and there was no time limit)

Please also note that children may not visit Wegmans Wonderplace without an adult.

If you’re down on the national mall with a member of the under 6 crowd be sure to check this place out!  Older siblings will also like the activity room next door on top of all of the other great museum exhibits.

 

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View from the D.M.V: Busy Bee’s Falls Church Virginia with an 11 month old

BusyBees
6110 D Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
www.busybeesplay.com

If you have an infant under 12 months old and you’re looking for a free fun indoor activity to beat the heat this summer then head over to Busy Bee’s and check it out ($15 if they are over 1)!  The main audience for Busy Bees is definitely the over 1 crowed which is why it’s a great FREE place to go if your little one is under 1! If you don’t live here in the Northern Virginia region check out your neighborhood you may have a playroom that’s free for the under 1 crowd.

There isn’t as much to do for your under 1 year old but hey you can’t complain with a free indoor play place in this summer heat.  I’ve gone over to the Fairlington Play Room a million times with my little one and I have to say that he likes Fairlington better.  He likes to flip all of the mat’s over and run around the big open and emptier room.  But Busy Bee’s has a lot that Fairlington doesn’t.

Reasons to go to Busy Bee’s with you’re under 1 year old:

  • It’s free!
  • It’s clean (they are constantly cleaning the apparatus unlike Fairlington)
  • They enforce the socks rule! (unlike Fairlington)
  • Open every day of the week until 5pm each day (great if you need somewhere to go after second nap and Fairlington is closed)
  • There are attendants walking around and they take safety seriously.  They also wristband you and your child so no one can walk out without being checked.
  • There is a small indoor slide perfect for baby climbing and sliding!
  • There is a small soft play area geared towards littler ones.
  • If your little one likes rides there are some fun moving rides to go on (my little one was to afraid of them)
  • There is a whole room filled with balloons for that ballon obsessed baby!
  • There are lots of restaurants, a grocery store, Pet Smart, and Target right there in the same plaza.  Get some of your chores done and give baby a free fun break!

Reasons to wait to go to Busy Bee’s until they are older:

  • If you’re little one has recently turned 1, I would wait a while before going back to Busy Bee’s the $15 price (while you do get in and out privileges) will be more fun when your little one feels more comfortable on the apparatus.
  • The majority of play items involve climbing or riding on moving items little ones that are in the 2-4 age range seem to have the most fun.
  • There are a lot of birthday parties going on during the weekends and it can be crowded if your little one is afraid of crowds wait until they are more comfortable.
  • If you’re little one is older and you’re a work from home parent the wifi bar can be a great place to work while your little one gets their energy out but only once they are old enough to run around alone.

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Busy Bee’s Info: 

One child: $15

Siblings:  $12

Parents and kids under 1: Always free!

Open Play Every Day of the Week

No memberships, just drop in and play

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday
10:00** am – 5:00pm

**Unless they are hosting a Private Party. In which case, they open at 11 on weekends. Check out their  FB page or their  website before your weekend trip to BusyBees!

Rules:

  1. Under 48”  Of Height to play
  2. Have your socks on at all times parents as well!
  3. Signed waiver required- you can do this online to make check in easier
  4. Stay and play: Not a drop off kinda place.  Parental supervision is required at all times. Stay and play, or parents can sit back at our wifi bar!
  5. Food and Bev: Enjoy your snacks outside the playscape!
 To complete your day trip out with little one you can head over to one of the restaurants in the plaza.  We went over to Cafe Rio for lunch after our play time was over.  Did you know that they have free kids quesadilla’s for kids under 6!!! Free play time and free kids meal!  YES PLEASE!

Head Over to Cafe Rio for a free kids quesadilla!Free for kids under 6 years.

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View from the Baby Class: Baby Sign Time, Baby Sign Language

My mother was a teacher of the deaf and taught me sign language as a baby long before it became a fad.  She always told me how much easier it made it for me to communicate as a baby which made me a happier child.  The benefits of baby sign language and how it promotes development really is amazing. My first signed sentence was more, eat, please.  I retained a lot of what she taught me.  Most signs had to do with eating but hey they came in handy!  And I have been working on teaching baby sign language to my son.  He is now 10 months old but he still hasn’t picked up on it yet.  So I decided it was time to try out a baby sign time class!

I am lucky enough to have found a free baby sign class here in Arlington, VA.  Baby Sign Program at the Church of the Covenant!  Check out the class description below:

The Baby Signs® Program helps children develop both language and cognitive skills. Studies show that babies who sign actually develop speech sooner and have larger vocabularies when they do start talking. The Baby Signs® Program is based on the groundbreaking research which began an international movement to teach hearing babies to use signs. After 20 years of careful study, researchers proved that using signs actually enhances language, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

Led by an Independent Certified Instructor, the classes at Church of the Covenant are informal and fun!  We sing, learn signs, play and read stories. Come as you are; we would love to meet you. Moms and Dads, grandparents and babysitters are all welcome. The Baby Signs classes are held weekly throughout the year. Classes are held at 12 noon each Wednesday in Classroom 4. A reminder email is sent out each Wednesday morning to give any updates. Come before your baby is born, as well as after, if you like.

The twelve classes in the series include:

  • Meal Time Signs
  • Bed Time Signs
  • Bath Time Signs
  • Dressing Signs
  • My Pets Signs
  • The Park Signs
  • The Farm Signs
  • The Zoo Signs
  • Outside Signs
  • Safety Signs
  • Birthday Signs
  • Potty Training Signs

CHURCH OF THE COVENANT | 2666 Military Road | Arlington, VA 22207 | Phone: 703.524.4115 

Check out and see if you have a free class by you, often counties or libraries will offer these classes for free.  I know when I was visiting my mother in North Port Florida her Library offered it once a week. It might take some googling but you may luck out and find one.  If you can’t find a class don’t worry there are a lot of video’s online you can watch to help you or you can get one of the official DVD’s to help you.  There are also some great books to get you started on the process as well.

While having the opportunity to go to a class is great, you get hands on experience with a professional and can practice with other parents and babies.  If you can’t get to a class try the videos and books to get you going!  The class is really to help the parent’s learn the signs and let baby have a little fun with it, but they won’t learn the signs just from one class.  It takes repetition at home and at daycare to really let the learning sink in.

If you’re in the Arlington Virginia area and are looking for a great FREE Baby Sign Language class to take come join us on Wednesdays, we look forward to meeting you!!!