A few Friday's ago we decided to take a spontaneous trip to the Children's Garden at the U.S. Botanic Gardens. They have activities for the children to do like shoveling in the garden, watering the flowers, making little crafts like Seed necklaces and Cocoa pins, and they have little brooms and a small learning center. It's very hands on and the girls love how everything is just their size.
The day at the front desk got in deep conversation with Taryn for a long time about butterflies, gardens, curly hair and their favorite colors. She gave them these adventure books to take along with them while we explored the outdoor gardens.
It was a beautiful day in D.C. One that was forecasted to be rainy and dreary but we chanced it and the day proved to be amazing.
Taryn's seed necklace around her neck, all smiles.
And Haddie with her Cocoa pin and tiny rocks in hand. I remember when Taryn LOVED those tiny rocks on the paths around the gardens. So naturally, Haddie loves them too now.
We picked a spot on The National Mall for a picnic and in-between bites, Taryn chased the birds and squirrels around us.
Then she wanted to show us how fast and far she could run!
I still haven't met a faster 5 year old. :)
Taryn commented on how we hadn't been inside the American Indian museum for a long time so we headed inside to explore the children's area before our parking time was up. We got to build an igloo for the first time since we were here in 2013 with our cousins! We almost made it complete with the help of another little family, but the other mother and I just didn't have enough arms to hold the tall portions of the igloo while the youngsters grabbed the next pieces. We tried hard though! :)
These great summer weather days are my favorite. I love adventuring with my two girls and I hope they will remember these days in the D.C. area because I know I will.