The house is two-thirds packed, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to live in with the boys. There are too many No-no’s (Do NOT climb on the fine china boxes! Don’t touch the utility knife! The bubblewrapped legs of the Bali furniture are not to be ridden like horses!) and not enough Yes-yes’s (Where are all my princess dresses? Is my doll house in the garage?). For the next week, I’m thinking I’ll try to keep the boys out of the house as much as possible while they’re awake.
I recently tried to pay for bubble wrap at Home Depot with my Mount Vernon annual pass and realized it is expiring next week. YIKES! So we trecked out there today. It was a busy day and the twins are too rambunctious to take through the manor house with no stroller, so we decided to spend time in some of the exhibits we usually gloss over. Try this outing info at the end.
The biggest hit of the day came before we actually got onto the grounds. The boys were fascinated by this curved wall of windows with a little step. We were here a very long time. Thank goodness I had my iPhone. By the way, somebody should cut those boys’ hair. Anybody want to volunteer?
We love Mount Vernon in the fall, but June is a wonderful time to explore the gardens.
And try to catch butterflies.
And try to get stung by bees.
And run out some of that physical energy that gets stiffled in the house all day.
The children’s area called “Hands on History” is really my favorite children’s area in any museum. It’s not too big, not too small; has great visibility; is fully contained with no baby-escape routes; has a variety of stations for toys, puzzles and drawing; and of course, has awesome costumes!
The boys are finally old enough to wear the soldier’s coats without screaming in protest.
I don’t know where we crossed the line into peacefully drawing on paper instead of eating the crayons, but I like this new territory.
All the kids dug the church pew exhibit in the learning center. They immediately started climbing, standing on the seats, and pulling off the cushions. So it was like regular church. The biggest problem with this exhibit is that it comes at the beginning of the tour and gives 2-year-old boys the idea that all the exhibits are “Climb On Me!” exhibits.
And that is the story of how Peppers climbed into the fireplace on one of the exhibits and set off the alarm all over the building. It is also the story of how I threw all three of them uncermoniously into the stroller and booked it out of there. Okayeverybody,museumtime’sover!
Try this outing:
- The Colonial Market and Fall Harvest Festival are wonderful. During those events, Mount Vernon becomes a lot like Colonial Williamsburg with many exhibits and demonstrations throughout the grounds. Chocolate making, horseshoe blacksmithing, apple roasting, wool spinning, dancing lessons and corn husk doll making are all to be had!
- The manon house tour is tricky. The line can be very long. The tour is all no-touch, taxes the patience of children and has a lot of stairs. Double carrier suggested for twins.
- Admission prices are steep, but kids get in free.
- If you get an annual pass, you can see the baby lambs in the spring, the flowers in the summer, the presidentially pardoned turkeys, Cobbler and Gobbler in the fall, and a camel in the winter. Check out the calendar to see whether you want to go when you can take wagon ride pulled by mules or check out the gingerbread houses.
- The boat ride is laaaaaame on a rainy day. I’m not sure it’s actually that much better than sitting out on the porch chairs at the manor house to view the Potomac.
- Don’t miss the Hand-on History children’s room inside the learning center.
Fluffy Fun Factor (Preschooler rating): Super Fun! “I love Mount Vernon. I wish we could live there.”