Worth Traveling For

Not liking the options here? Here are a few things around the Metro area that are worth leaving Prince William County for!

**$2 Tuesdays at University Mall Theatre in Burke
 On Tuesdays (all day and all night, too!) Tickets, small popcorns, small drinks, and candy boxes all sell for $2 each! The movies have usually been out a little longer, but it's still a great deal! Check their schedule at www.universitymalltheatres.com.  

**Clemyjontri Park 
(6317 Georgetown Pike McLean, Virginia 22101) is a playground experience like no other.  Not only does this park have a fabulous carousel with rides for only $1.50, access is free to this completely accessible park, designed so that children with varying physical and mental abilities can play side by side.  Another bonus is that if you have a child who's running and one still in a stroller, you'll be able to chase your child around every structure at the park.  This one is definitely worth the ride!

**The Children's Museum of Richmond
(2626 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220) This fantastic children's museum is really more of an exploratory play space with tube slides, donated areas for fixing cars, banking, teaching, picking apples, making art and more.  There are also frequent special events, so be sure to check out their website before you go. (http://www.c-mor.org/)  The one gripe I have about this place is the price- it's not cheap at $8 per person (and yes, mom and dad have to shell out for passes, too).  Under 2's are free, though, and there is a special area just for the toddler set.  In addition, no "unaccompanied adults" are allowed in without a full staff escort- which means there's no one there without children, a nice safety touch in my book. 

**The National Building Museum
Seriously? Yes!! This museum is great because it's not on the top of every tourist in the world's to-do list! Plus, they have a Building Zone full of soft lego blocks, hard hats, tools, a house, and more that your child can enjoy.  On the weekends, expect a waiting list, but most weekdays you can walk right in.  There are frequent special events and building projects (see the schedule at http://www.nbm.org/), and for a $5 donation your child can check out a tool kit to help them explore the museum (free admission) more fully.