We woke up this morning kinda late… not sure how that happened 😉 We REALLY wanted to hit up the beach again this morning, but it just wasn’t in the cards for us. It took what seemed like forever just to get all our stuff packed up, feed everybody, and load the car. By then it was already 10 am.
The kids were practically crying because they didn’t want to leave the beach. We made a quick run down to the shore to stick our feet in and then headed to the car. It’s safe to say all of the Solars were sad to leave the beach.
It was a LONG drive from Ocean City to the New Carrollton Metro Station. We were starving to death so we stopped at Subway to grab some sandwiches on our way to the Metro Station. We pulled in and tried to figure out where to park. Once we got parked, we loaded up the stroller and headed into the station.
It’s been about 8 years since Josh and I have been to D.C. Thankfully, we’ve been before and ridden the Metro, so at least we had an idea of what to do once we got there. We found the ticketing machines and bought all-day passes. Bonus: the girls both got to ride for free, so we only had to buy 3 passes.
We put our tickets through the slot and headed up to the train terminal. The kids were just amazed at the whole thing! We got super lucky because the New Carrollton station is on the Orange Line and we were able to take that directly into the city to the Smithsonian station. Our train came and we hopped on and took it all the way into the city.
We got to the Smithsonian station and got off the train. We loaded up the stroller again and started walking to the Air & Space Museum. We finally got there about 2:45 pm to meet Uncle Hugo… a little late, but at least we got there!
We spent about 2 hours walking around the Air & Space Museum. Uncle Hugo gave us a great tour… he volunteers there a couple days a week, so we really got the inside scoop. The kids waffled between being SUPER grumpy and fighting like crazy to loving all the things to see and do. Poor Lia was pretty tired today, so she had a couple meltdowns, but we survived.
We grabbed some chicken nuggets from the McDonald’s in the food court before we headed on our way. We had a little bit of time to kill, so we decided to walk down to the Capitol building. Max has been super stoked to see it for awhile now. Every time he sees a building with a similar top, he gets excited and asks if that is the capitol. So, he was pretty happy to see the “real one” today.
After we took a couple pictures in front of the Capitol, we walked over to 3rd & D to get on the Metro at the Federal SW station. We took the Orange Line from there to the Clarendon station. We had plans to meet up with my friend Susannah (who I met at WPPI two years ago) and her husband Josue. They had a quick drive in, so they were already waiting for us when we got there.
We had no idea where to go for dinner, but luckily they had done some reconnaissance and found a few good places. We decided on Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza. It was an easy choice because I knew the kids would at least eat plain noodles. We ordered spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and a piece of pepperoni pizza. I also got a fountain soda… a Boylan Bottling Co. cane sugar one… yum!
We ate and talked and laughed with Susannah and Josue. And the kids were a bit wild and crazy… not TOO bad, but bad enough that the couple sitting catty-corner to us decided to give us the evil eye for about 10 minutes. We decided we should probably get out of there quickly, so we loaded up and headed out. We intended to try some cupcakes from the place next door, but they looked a little too fancy for the little Solars.
We headed to Pinkberry, but then Susannah mentioned an ice cream shop so we made a quick u-turn and headed straight for Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream. It turned out to be just perfect! By then, the kids were back to being a little too tired and cranky, so we decided to call it a night. We said our goodbyes and headed for the metro station. We hopped back on the Orange Line and rode it all the way back to New Carrollton. We made our way to the car, drove back to Jen’s house, and plopped the kiddos in bed.
Tomorrow, we’re headed back to the city to visit Aunt Diana and Uncle Hugo, do some more sightseeing, and (hopefully!) squeeze in a  nap for Princess Grumpy Butt Lia. (Sidenote: sometimes in the mornings, we like to ask Lia if she is a Princess Happy Butt or a Princess Grumpy Butt. She usually say Princess Happy Butt, but sometimes that doesn’t last long!)
Reviews:
The Metro, 5 stars: I have to say, the stations and the trains themselves were very well-kept and super clean (especially compared to the NY subways!). It was pretty easy to figure out where to go and what to do.
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington D.C. – 5 stars: This place is really cool! There is a ton of stuff to do for kids and enough to keep the adults interested. And the best part is that it’s free to visit (like all the Smithsonians), so you don’t have to feel like you need to spend all day. It was very well taken care of and very clean… even the bathrooms!
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza, Clarendon VA – 5 stars: The food was great! It’s kind of a self-service place except when they bring your food to the table. But that’s okay with us. Everything was great (except for the people giving us the evil eye, but oh well 🙂 We’ll eat here again next time we’re in the area.
Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream, Clarendon VA – 4 stars: Yum! The people were friendly and the ice cream was great! A little pricey, but I expected it for the area.

 

6 Comments

  • Wow! I never thought of the metro as an attraction in DC! It’s always just been the transportation to get from one attraction to another. But I guess to a kid, or to a family that sees the ride to the destination as part of the fun, it certainly would be a fun (and fairly inexpensive!) activity! Your vacations have redefined for me what road trips mean. I will never be the same again. Thank you!

  • Straight up, every time you guys do fun road trips I am simultaneously out of my mind with jealousy and a full on panic attack. I’ve only got two kids and the idea of going to the mountains for the day stresses me out beyond belief. I’m all but their naps, and snacks and what if the boy throws a tantrum. Oh gawd. I can feel my heart rate rise just thinking about it. You’re officially my parenting heros.

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