It happens during late September. A fear in the pit of my stomach as we walk to the playground and I notice leaves falling to the ground. Fall is coming and then . . . gasp. WINTER.
The playground is where we spend endless hours entertained with snacks and built-in playmates.
What. Will. We. Do?
Conversations start, we swap ideas and frantically exchange numbers like “get out the vote” volunteers. But the reason the playground works so well is you don’t have to “plan” anything. You just go. So what are your options for winter? For the Alexandria area, this is what I’ve discovered.
Giant, Wegmans (oh how I love Weggies) all have those fun “cars/carts” that will keep your wee-one contained while you can burn some energy walking around the perimeter and down each aisle. I usually hold back on all my grocery shopping to allow for an impromptu trip, especially when it’s cold.
Added Bonus: The Wegmans in Alexandria, VA has a play area. Riding around in the cart + play area with new toys = hours burned. Plus they open early.
Del Ray hosts a number of them with play areas. St Elmos on Main Street has a decent box of toys/small play area. Bon Vivant has a separate room with toys for the kiddos. Both tend to get crowded when it’s nasty out, so prepare yourself for sensory overload.
Added Bonus: They open EARLY, which is key. And, you know, they sell coffee.
Offer decent play areas for the kiddos. Horray for Books in Old Town hosts a book reading every Saturday morning, which is quite awesome. Libraries are great, but the hours can be a drawback.
Added Bonus: The library option is easy on your wallet. Plus, books make everyone feel smart.
If you haven’t found Jesus yet, man do I have a perk for you (I kid). But no lie, Sunday is the best day! I’m a devoted church attendee, and this institution understands families, period. DC Metro Church has an amazing child center for littles and those entering Sunday School.
Added Bonus: Childcare services during bible studies or other events. Since the advent season is upon us, there are also children-centric activities. Plus, you get in worship, yo!