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Washington D.C. with a 9-year-old

This weekend Chase and I took our “Little Brother” to Washington DC. Since we have been in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and matched with him for over a year, we were allowed to take him on a “trip.” He actually has never been beyond a 90 mile radius of Bethlehem, so he was PUMPED to go on this trip. He also is a major history buff, so he relished every single second.

First things first, we took a tour of the Capitol:

The last time I did the full “tourist” thing in DC I was in 8th grade. It was fun to re-visit all of the historical places. The Capitol tour was actually amazing. I had no idea that ALL of the museums and historical places are FREE in DC.

Hello Frugal Frog!

Our tour of the Capitol was our “big” event on Saturday. There were around a million statues of famous dead guys in the Rotunda and one statue of my favorite feminist suffragettes:

Hello my dears! Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

After the Capitol, we walked to the White House. The little bro was SUPER excited. He had been wanting to see the White House all of his life. He kept hoping to see President Obama…sadly, no dice.

After walking around the National Mall, we drove to Alexandria, Virginia. Oh. My. Goodness. I am in love! We made plans to go to Cheesecake Factory and the little bro was over the moon! He has been to very few “sit down” restaurants and is always enthralled by new dining options–especially when giant pieces of cheesecake are being served.

He had actually scoped out the cheesecake menu earlier…and he basically ate mere bites of his dinner to save room for dessert. 🙂 It was super cute how excited he was!

We checked into the Navy Lodge in Anacostia and watched “Night at the Smithsonian” in preparation to visit the museums and memorial the next day!

Wall crashed HARD that night from all of the walking, and were up and at em early the next. I went running around the Naval base where we stayed and then we did the monument walk (I kind of did the monument “sprint” as Chase and the little bro kept selecting landmarks for me to sprint to as they timed me. It was fun!

Posing at my favorite scene in the WWII memorial.

We also visited Honest Abe. Which is my most favorite.

Then we headed to the new Martin Luther King Memorial. It was really incredible.

It is AMAZING, right?

After touring the memorials and monuments we headed to the Smithsonian museums.

My most favorite Smithsonian is the American History museum, especially because of this little gem:

Julia Child’s Kitchen: I. Die.

How amazing is her little kitchen! I love the hanging pots!

In the midst of my Julia Child haze I discovered that one of my other favorite people sponsored many exhibits in the Smithsonian:

Oh Ralph Lauren–how I love thee!

The trip was fun, rewarding, and totally memory-making. It was a whirlwind trip, but I think we did DC well!

What is your favorite “educational” trip that you have taken? Do you like DC? What is your favorite monument?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

10 responses »

  1. So cute that you took your “little brother” to DC. Sounds like you had a great trip! Even though I live so close, I don’t get to go to DC that often. The last time I went, my family and I took a day trip and it was exhausting, though fun!

  2. I would love to go to DC! I’ve never been, and that’s TOTALLY the nerdy stuff I get into!! So fun!!!! And what a great experience for your little brother. Awesome!! He’ll never forget that!

  3. I’m sure your little brother was so excited to go on that trip!

    I’ve actually never been to DC, even though I’m not too far away. I would love to go though!

    I always loved when we would take field trips to the Franklin Institute in Philly when I was in elementary school!

  4. It looks like you guys had a great weekend! I actually haven’t done the tourist attractions in DC since I was on a field trip in school, but I have visited my college friends in the Arlington/DC area a few times. I really like it there! 🙂

  5. AWESOME. How fun. You guys rock as a big brother/sister.
    I went to DC when I was 22, it was amazing. It was also my first time on a plane, lol.

  6. How fun!!! Looks like y’all had an amazing time!!

  7. So fun! What a wonderful thing to do and it sounds like a very meaningful experience for your little bro! I also went to DC in 8th grade, and my favorite memorial was definitely Mr. Lincoln’s.

  8. That is so great you guys brought your little brother to DC – you and Chase make an awesome big sis and big bro team and I’m sure he really appreciated that opportunity, not to mention a trip to the cheesecake factory too! 🙂

  9. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    It’s so cute that you took your little brother with you! I like how excited he was to be at the cheesecake factory. I am too everytime that I’m there. Haha!

    It looks like you had a great time! 🙂

  10. There is history EVERYWHERE! …..I loved DC and NYC a lot and I loved how the husband and I found history even in SF this summer. What a wonderful time!


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