Have you ever taken your kids to the theater? Neither had we – until this past weekend. We stayed at a campground in Fredericksburg and drove up to the Riverside Center Children’s Theater for a presentation of “The Adventures of Dr. Doolittle”. Housed in a beautiful building with table-style seating, the theater provided lunch bags for all guests. Then, the curtains were drawn and the music began.
Our girls (ages 2 and 4.5) were enthralled by the costumes, the characters, and the storyline. I don’t think they ever took their eyes off of the stage, even to munch on snacks. We all had a delightful time. I hope to make theater-going a new tradition in our house. I’d particularly like to see “Anne of Green Gables,” “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory,” and “Peter Pan.”
Fredericksburg is a also an ideal gateway to Washington DC. We were able to park our truck at a metro station just 45 minutes from our campground and ride our way into the Capitol. We saw the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial.
The weather was miserably hot and sticky so we ventured inside the Smithsonian museums, where we were promptly captivated by the displays. We lingered in the American History Museum and then raced through the Natural History Museum (due to time). We could have easily spent three days or more at the Smithsonians. Our girls LOVED it (and begged us to stay at the end of the day).
Also, you may already know this, but…many of the attractions in Washington DC are FREE. We hope to come back again when our kids are elementary age.
Have you ever been to Fredericksburg or Washington DC? What did you like/not like about it?
What children’s theater productions have you seen (or would you like to see)?
* Special thanks to the Greater Fredericksburg Tourism Partnership for providing passes for area attractions.