She has a playroom full of toys but has become bored with every one of them and you just don’t feel comfortable sitting her in front of the television for mind-numbing entertainment. Fortunately, Woodbridge is equipped with a multitude of venues and activities to entertain your toddler and stimulate her developing mind and body at the same time.
Visit the Explore and Moore Children's Discovery Museum (no website; 12904 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge; 703-492-2222) to provide toddlers with an abundance of activities. While smaller than some other children's museums, the homey venue in Woodbridge provides young children with activities such as bubble blowing, sand play, train toys, a dinosaur dig, puppet shows, dress-up play and a variety of push-button toys. The museum offers activities for older children as well, so your toddler can continue to enjoy and grow with the children's center for years to come.
Explore the great outdoors with your toddler at the Leesylvania State Park (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov). The park is 542 acres in size and borders the Potomac River. Families can hike along one of the five hiking trails to see deer, rabbits and even foxes. Take along a picnic basket and enjoy a family lunch together on the sandy beaches at the Potomac River or under one of the picnic shelters in the park. The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov) also offers toddlers the opportunity to explore nature while seeing a multitude of different birds and butterflies.
For some soaking wet summertime fun, the WaterWorks Waterpark (pwcparks.org) in Dale City, which is just minutes away from Woodbridge, offers special areas just for little visitors. The children's wading pool area is full of activities for toddlers, including sprayers, climbers and a whale slide. Over in the dry area of the park, toddlers can climb and slide on the play structures. If your toddler has the stamina to last all day, there are food concessions on site and pavilions to take along your own picnic lunch. For a regular summertime activity, the park has scheduled parent/tot play dates.
Indoor Play Centers
For some indoor fun on rainy days or those days where it's just too cold to play outside, indoor play centers can help to entertain your toddler while helping her to expend some of that ever-present energy as well. The Kids N Motion (kidsnmotion.biz) indoor play center is equipped with a variety of play structures, from gigantic slides for the brave little toddler to less intimidating climbers, slides and ride-on toys for the less courageous. In addition to its drop-in play program, the center also offers Toddler Gym classes for toddlers up to 2 1/2 years of age. This is a structured program that helps toddlers to develop their motor skills and an awareness of their physical abilities.
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