On Tuesday the kids and I drove west one hour to the fantastic town of Charlottesville, VA. Fortunately I lived there when I was younger and was able to turn off the GPS and just enjoy myself. There is an incredible amount to do there with young kids so I had to pick and choose. Knowing that we’d need to be heading back to Richmond by 1PM (sacred naptime) we only had time for a few activities. The first stop was to pick up bagels from Bodo’s- a necessity anytime we are in town.
The 2nd stop was the VA Discovery Museum and it was well worth the drive. Everything is relative of course and if you are coming from a big city or if your kids are older than 6 this may not be worth your time. For us, coming from rural Southern Maryland where there are almost no opportunities for young kids, this was a goldmine. My almost 3 year old loved everything about this place. She ran from the art room to the historic cabin replica, to the giant doll house, to the pirate ship. My 13 month old loved the giant donkey/stable display, the garden (in which you can plant plastic carrots, etc.), and watching all the other children. Right outside on the downtown mall there is a small merry-g0-round in which every seat is actually a small horse. It’s free and my daughter was pretty sure she had never found anything better.
It was lovely to reunite with an old friend and take on Christian’s Pizza before our time in C’ville was over. Here we are strolling along the downtown mall with our potty seat at the ready.