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Summer vacation is here and I am making a list of some of the Adventures of C.A.B. favorite places and a few we plan to visit during the break:

1.) Pontoon Boat Ride at Bladensburg Waterfront Park – The Pontoon Boat Ride at Bladensburg Waterfront Park is located at 4821 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710. This is a guided free 45 minute pontoon boat ride along the Anacostia River. The guide explains the history of the Anacostia while pointing out various wildlife on the Anacostia. They also have a caboose train, playground, and walking trails for your enjoyment. C.A.B. and I went last summer and plan to go again this summer; check out our C.A.B.’s review
This year’s schedule
Tues.-Fri.(April-October):*  12 noon-12:45 pm
Sat.-Sun. (May-October):*  5-5:45 pm 
Bladensburg Park pontoon boat
2.) Visit one or a few of the museums on the mall :
The  National Museum of the American Indian – imagiNATIONS Activity Center – 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW. Washington, DC (202) 633-1000 Interactive
Children Play area with hands-on activities: Weave a giant basket to learn about the various styles of basketry. Explore different modes of transportation like snowshoes and skateboards. Sit inside a full-sized canoe, build an igloo, and explore housing. Don’t forget to stamp your imagiNATIONS passport with real tribal seals as you journey through the center.  Click here to read  C.A.B.’s

American Indian Housing
The National Museum of Natural History: Butterfly Pavilion – 10th St &
Constitution Ave NW, Wash DC is free on Tuesdays.  Walk
among exotic plants and live butterflies. While there
don’t forget to check out Q?rius activity room where you
can try on clothes  or do an activity. C.A.B.’s review

3.)  Check out one of the areas Indoor Splash Parks/ Water Sprays:

Rolling Crest Indoor Splash Park – 6122 Sargent Rd Hyattsville, MD 20782 . An Indoor waterpark with six waterslides that equal countless hours of fun. Click here
to read  C.A.B.’s review

Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex – 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785 • 301-583-2400. This indoor waterpark has a huge water slide, lazy river, and tons of water sprouts that will give the  little ones endless enjoyment. C.A.B’s review

Waterslide PG Sorts and Learning Complex
Canal Park  Canal Park is located  at 200 M Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003.  This location has two water features, a large interactive water fountain with programmable water that seems to be moving to its own beat and flashing lights. C.A.B.’s review

Yards Park located at 355 Water Street, SE, Washington DC.  I hear this one not only has water sprays but a wading pool; we will definitely checking it out.

4.) Take in a movie to take a break from the heat– There a few  movies options out for the kids to enjoy Inside Out and Jurassic World; C.A.B and I can’t wait to see Minions when it comes out in July.

5.) The National Zoo – 3001 Connecticut Ave NW,Washington  
DC 20008. Go see the animals and the new baby panda. Don’t
forget to check out the daily programs. The daily programs
include animal training, feeding demonstrations, and keeper
talks. Click here to read C.A.B.’s review


6.) The National Harbor – 116 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745. Take a ride on a Ferris wheel and soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront and from the top you can see the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument.  Then after your ride go visit the Awaking sculpture and play in the sand or go the Children’s
Museum .

7.) Go to a Park:

Watkins Park – 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro,MD 20774 (301) 218-6700 offers a huge amount of activities from Old Maryland Farm, Nature Center (turtles, snakes, and etc) , walking trails, playground, basketball courts. During Summer Break they will be offering a campfire, hike, hayrides, and puppet show. Click here to read C.A.B.’s review

Train Watkins Park

8.) Oxon Hill Farm – 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD, 301-839-1176 , It is a free living farm minutes outside of DC that includes the Mount Welby home, Farm Museum, barns, a stable, feed building, livestock buildings and a visitor activity barn. Farm animals include cows, horses and chickens. They also offer hay rides. Visitors can view the animals up close daily and learn about the workings of a farm. Click here to read C.A.B.’s review

Tractor and Barn
 9.) Check out one of the many county fairs in the DC area:

Fairfax County 4 H Fair – July 30-August 2, 2015. Frying Pan Park, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon, Virginia. (703) 324-5203. Farm animals, rides and a pie-eating contest. Free Admission.

Arlington County Fair – August 5-9, 2015. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington, Virginia (703) 920-4556. animal races, pony rides, carnival rides, and lots of food. Free Admission.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair – August 14–22, 2015. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, Maryland. (301) 926-3100. Livestock, monster trucks, rides, and food.

10. Check out an outdoor movie –  There are plenty of outdoor movie options in the DC area this summer.

11.) Go to a local farm and pick  fruit and vegetables channeling our inner farmer.