The Building Museum has lots to offer for all visitors. When I’ve visited with my daughter, we enjoy just walking around the museum. There are several spaces other than the Great Hall or Building Zone which are toddler-friendly. The wide, shallow steps are great for little climbers, and the long arcades on the second (and third) floors were a delight for her little legs. The Commissioner’s Suite on the second floor, with a domed ceiling, was also a fun place to explore.
My daughter and I go out walking every day. We usually walk up the block, a few times, and then chase the squirrels and any neighborhood dogs. We have met so many neighbors with the beautiful weather, and my babe’s quick smile is a great way to get our neighbors to practice waving. When she brings me her shoes, we gear up and head outdoors. She loves to carry sticks and twigs, and the house rule of “no sticks inside the house” is quickly becoming the least favorite rule we have.
Burke Lake Park is a family-fun gem in the southern part of Fairfax county. The fitness trail is accessible throughout the park, but I personally set out from either the marina or from the train/carousel area. From the train/carousal, I do cut across the frisbee golf course, which probably isn’t a great idea if the course is busy. I’ve survived so far!
We are so fortunate to live in an area where markets are plentiful during the summer. I visit the Burke market (Saturdays) frequently. The Burke market has bakeries, produce stands, butchers, florists, a salsa vendor, a couple cheese vendors, and last year there was even a while-you-wait ice cream vendor. The Reston market also has had an artisan section with clothes, bags, jewelry, and other assorted items. Please share your favorite part of the market near you in the comments!
Northern Virginia area is beautiful in the spring! Meadowlark is a wonderful place for a walk after the long winter. There is a children’s play area down the main path and to the left, with some sand and a few features to play on that overlooks the lake. There are ample pathways and some meadows for kids to run around. (But take care to look for signs and flowerbeds!) The gardens have cherry trees, lakes, shaded and sunny walkways, two gazebos, and a beautiful Korean Bell Garden.