This past weekend my parents and sister came to visit and found a room at the National Harbor to switch things up a bit. It was our first time visiting that area and we just happened to get the most beautiful sunny fall day ever to spend on the water (the best way to spend sunny days!) We had lunch outside at the Redstone Grill, overlooking the harbor, situated adjacent to the turf space, stage and jumbo screen where a country line dance lesson was going down… a wonderful distraction for Roman while waiting for our food.
After lunch we strolled over to the National Children’s Museum for some exploratory playtime for Roman. It is SO wonderful being in a space where he is allowed to touch EVERYTHING. They have a 3 and under play room and several educational pretend play rooms geared toward slightly older children. He was happy tearing through all of it. It isn’t the most affordable way for a large group of adults to entertain a toddler since they charge each grown up which is hard for me to understand (thanks mom and dad!), but if you’re in a smaller group it would be quite reasonable.
After the museum we grabbed coffees and smoothies and headed down to the giant sand box/ miniature beach space on the water. I had seen pictures of the giant Neptune statue before and was pretty excited for Roman to chill in his wavy hair and high five his giant hand. I’m pretty sure that child would be content to play in sand for hours and hours on end, no toys necessary. There’s also a carousel and giant ferris wheel (which I personally think really adds a lot to the feeling of the whole place, there’s just something about ferris wheels…) We opted not to take a ride out of the assumption that Roman would get quickly bored trapped in a small cabin. (Also it just seemed a little scary.)
So yes the National Harbor is one of those chain filled, fabricated feeling little areas, but they have a few very cool things to do and a beautiful location on the water. Sadly Roman is still not ready for paddle boats or kayaking, but next time I think we’ll take the ferry to Alexandria!