Micaela Williamson, special to wtop.com
WASHINGTON – You recently welcomed your little bundle of joy — now what? Experts say one of the best things new parents can do is get out of the house.
“Parents — especially first time parents — of newborns should get out as often as possible once their pediatrician gives the OK. Early parenting inevitably feels like ‘Groundhog Day.’ And in addition to breaking up the feed-change-sleep grind, an outing can build parents’ confidence,” says Denise Stern, owner of Let Mommy Sleep.
The D.C. area provides no shortage of outing opportunities for parents of babies. So next time you’re going stir crazy, check out one of these local destinations.
On select Friday mornings, parents and caregivers can check out current films at the Silver Babies series at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, which features a matinee price and stroller parking.
The stylish Angelika Theatre at the Mosaic District in Fairfax hosts a weekly Cry Baby Matinee. For an added bonus, check out the cafe, which boasts tasteful sandwiches, entrees, gourmet beverages and desserts that can be eaten during the show. You’ll never want to eat stale popcorn and Junior Mints again!
On nice weather days, get a great workout by pushing your stroller through the Smithsonian National Zoo, or bring your baby to the free farms at Frying Pan Farm Park or Oxon Hill Farm for barnyard fun.
Editor’s Note: Micaela Williamson is a co-author of the book Kid Trips Northern Virginia, a must-have local guide for families living or traveling in Northern Virginia. Whether near or far, she continues to love scoping out family-friendly destinations with her own children and resides with her family in Fairfax County, Va.