Tuesday, February 19, 2013

indoor play

A couple weeks ago, Mason contracted the Roseola virus, which kept us housebound for six days: four days for fever, and one night of vomiting, and two days for a full body rash, including his sweet little face. This was the sickest he's been in his short life, which is really a blessing because he came through it just fine. It could have been much worse.

But wow. Nothing clears your schedule faster than a sick child. I rarely get cabin fever, but those six days of caring for a miserable, feverish, vomiting, listless toddler, who had suddenly reverted to acting like a tiny baby, made me understand that his play dates are just as much for my benefit as they are for his.

Thankfully, Mason is back to his normal self and our daily excursions have resumed. We spend as much time outside as the weather allows, but we're enjoying some indoor gems when necessary.

We still enjoy Friday story time at the Library of Congress, but have fallen in love with a newly renovated local library, located just ten blocks from our house: Rosedale. Have you ever been to a library where every book is brand new? What a treat!

We regularly visit the National Building Museum to let Mason run free in the wide open space.

Of course, you can't beat the Air and Space Museum.

A recent discovery is the College Park Aviation Museum. From working in College Park for 12 years, I knew of its existence, but I had never been. It cost us $4 to enter, and I prefer free activities, especially if Mason's just going to run wild, but it was a worthwhile expenditure.

At home, Mason's been coloring, finger painting (or eating the finger paint!), and painting with a paint brush. I've also started enlisting his help in meal preparation. With firm and consistent instructions, he can assemble Brad's and my salads. Placing lettuce in the bowls and sprinkling slivered almonds on top is no problem. But the blue cheese crumbles and craisins are just too tempting. He eats more of those items than he ever puts on our salads.

Where do you enjoy playing when it's cold and nasty outside?


Anonymous said...

Wow. I am jealous of all your museums! Most of the museums here are not child friendly, which is sad.

Luckily, we don't have tons of nasty weather. But, when we do, we race up and down our hallway and do a lot of coloring and "find Spangle". Spangle is his stuffed dog.

I also try to get Cadet to help with dinner. He mostly eats everything, but it's fun to watch him try to help.

Thrift Store Mama said...

College Park Airport Museum is one of our go-tos. I also used to take mine to either Reagan or BWI. Lots of room to walk, things to look at, plenty of fairly clean bathrooms, and it's free. BWI has an observation area with big pretend play things too. And if I times it right, they would nap on the way there or the way home, when I drove to BWI.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

My friends often take their kids to the airport to watch planes take off. My best friend stops at Dunkin for a munchkin and then early airport watching most Saturdays.

Are you on Pinterest? There are a million ideas on there.

Mason seems so big all of a sudden. How did that happen?


Heather Nelson said...

Based on your suggestion, we tried the College Park Air Museum this past Saturday. So close to us, and the kids loved it! And you can't beat the easy parking. Thanks for the hot tip. :)