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June 15, 2007

Weekend Watch: Out & About for Father's Day

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June 14, 2007 005

As I finish the research for the second edition of the DC BABY book, my daughter and I are visiting some of the new sites for little ones that have opened since the first edition of the book came out in 2005. And this Thursday, on my day off, we headed to the brand-new and much-praised Clemyjontri Park in Mclean. We were not disappointed! As playgrounds go, this is holy ground. And although I'm sure it can get crowded on nice-weather weekends like the one coming up, I have to recommend a Father's Day visit.

Clemy Park is accessible to all ages and abilities, beautifully and thoughtfully designed, love the carousel, and really appreciate the fact that a covered picnic pavilion (as well as several picnic benches under shady trees) and large, clean restrooms are part of the design.

Some of Ava's favorite features were the maze for chasing and hiding in, the low-to-the-ground monkey bars, the plastic "rock climbing wall" with oversized handles for the littlest climbers, the big rainbow-hued arches, the balance beams, the big yellow swings, and the mock fire truck. The soft surface is great for crawlers and early walkers, and is easy to navigate for children in wheelchairs or using special walkers. The soft-surface track circles the entire playground , so you can bring a ride-on toy with you. If you want to ride the (lovely) carousel, be sure to bring quarters or $1 bills.

Also this weekend...I'd be a bad Old Towner indeed if I failed to recommend the kid-friendly event taking place right here in my neighborhood, from mid-morning to late evening both Saturday and Sunday. The Annual Alexandria Waterfront Festival, which benefits the Red Cross, will have children's rides and games, kids' arts and crafts activities, tours of harbor ships, good food, live music, and a nice setting on the riverbank. Fireworks on Saturday night, too! Little ones under age two get in free, and kids two to 12 are $5 each. Adults are $10 each. Avoid the major parking and traffic hassles - There will be free shuttle buses to and from the King St. and Eisenhower metro stops during festival hours. See you there!

Posted by Sarah at 11:08 AM.