Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kiddie Crusoe, Timonium, Maryland

Kiddie Crusoe is a fantastic combination play area located in Timonium, Maryland. The largest focus is on three main rooms which include a large wooden climbing apparatus, several inflatable jumping toys and slides, and a small town designed for an active imagination.  The place was clean and well staffed, the equipment was in good condition, and there was plenty of room to run without feeling crowded.  The place is geared towards children 3-12 and is probably most fun for those aged 3-8 years old.
The small town contains stores such as a gas station, barn, fire department, supermarket, classroom, theater room, etc.  and offers a variety of imaginative play costumes to allow for role play. The inflatable room has some jumping equipment for younger children, slides for slightly larger children, and an inflatable two person basketball hoop which is perfect for a shootout. The climbing equipment is solid wood and has several slides of varying heights for different aged children. There are bridges and tunnels to run and climb through, as well as a few different swings for older and younger kids. There are also several small rock walls
designed for the little climbing enthusiasts. 
Also on the premises was two small rooms for athletics and gaming. One room had a basketball hoop up and the other had a Mario themed painting on the wall with a big TV and a Wii set up to play video games. Kiddie Crusoe also offers weekly classes in creative movement, art, and a variety of other learning groups. Additionally, there is a beautifully maintained cafe which offered both healthy and snack foods for kids and families to eat. Kiddie Crusoe was a great place for our kids to play and
we look forward to going back again soon.

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am to 6:00pm 
$12 dollars per child aged 1-12
Adults are free with paid child admission
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Monday, December 26, 2011

National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

Located on the mall in Washington DC, the Air and Space Museum has been a favorite of mine for years. They have several changing exhibits, but they also have many permanent exhibits as well. The exhibit hall features include:
Explore the Universe (Herschel Telescope)
Looking at Earth (Lockheed U-2)
How Things Fly (great interactives for kids)
Early Flight (features the 1909 Wright Military Flyer)
Jet Aviation
Golden Age of Flight
Exploring the Moon (Apollo Lunar Module)
Moving Beyond Earth
Space Race (Missile Pit)
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Milestones of Flight (which includes a piece of Moon Rock)                
 Gift Shop
America by Air (Boeing 747 Nose of plane and tour)
Flight Simulators
(This list is from their home page)

The museum is very large and will take several hours to see everything. Children as young as 3 can start to appreciate the exhibits, but I would say that 5 and up is the ideal age range. The museum is completely free, and is located in easy walking distance of several other great museums and national monuments. There are also several metro stations located nearby so that you can conveniently get to and from the museum very easily. Parking on the streets are very limited and garages will be expensive. There are many food vendors that sell snacks and there are a plethora of restaurants in the surrounding areas as well that cater to a variety of different dietary needs.

Free admission
Hours: 10am-5:30pm

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