Growing up in the Central Valley of California, I never really experienced autumn. Yes, the leaves would turn colors and fall to the ground, but it all seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. There was no time to really enjoy the beautiful colors like you can out here in Virginia.
While I enjoy seeing the vibrant fall colors and the pleasant weather that comes with the changing of the leaves, what I really love about the season is the plethora of fun activities for Lil’ Man. Our house is already all decked out in anticipation of Halloween, and next week Lil’ man will go on his first kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch. We will also be taking him to trick-or-treat at the Air and Space Museum Annex in Dulles, Virginia as well as George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Last year we attended the trick-or-treating event at Mount Vernon and thoroughly enjoyed the fun, yet educational festivities. Growing up on the other side of the country, I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to visit our first president’s estate, let alone trick-or-treat there.
Besides trick-or-treating, children can enjoy wagon rides, halloween crafts, and a costume parade. Our family really enjoyed the chocolate making demonstration, (yes, you get samples!), as well as engaging in a Q&A with the estate’s blacksmiths. Children also have the opportunity to pose for pictures with Martha Washington which Lil’ Man was too shy to partake in last year.
If you are interested in attending this year’s event, tickets are currently available for both days. The event will take place on Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Admission for adults is $12 and $6 for children 11 and under with free parking.
If you are interested in attending the Air and Space Museum’s Air and Scare event, please note that while admission to the annex is free there is a $15 charge for parking.
Hope you are enjoying the season and thanks for stopping by!