Every Kid in a Park: 4th Grade Park Pass

Every Kid in a Park: 4th Grade Park Pass

Did you know that if you have a 4th grader, she/he is entitled to a free park pass that will get you into national parks all over the country? We planned a bunch of trips (some of which are free and we don’t need a pass and some that have paid entrances) when my oldest was in 4th grade.

Screenshot of Randal Olson Itinerary

Here’s an article that features a road trip itinerary to cover some great parks.

Here are some of the places we have been:

  • Great Falls (both the MD and the VA sides)
  • Shenandoah
  • Chincoteague
  • Philadelphia (There are a number of National Parks)
  • Statue of Liberty (This is a national park, but you have to pay a vendor to get there)
  • Harper’s Ferry
  • Everglades
  • Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mojave National Forest
  • National Arboretum
  • Wolf Trap
  • Fort McHenry
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Family Bucket List

Family Bucket List

A few years ago, I saw a post on Facebook from someone I was in youth group with about what her family would be doing during that summer. She had a fun handwritten list of activities that her family had created. It had things like a dance party, make slime, hike, etc. I thought it was a great idea and we decided to create one as a family, but also focus on the rich adventures that we could take advantage of here in DC. I divide the list into three times of the year: Summer, Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring. And as we have weekends free of birthday parties or Bnai mitzvah, we fill in with an adventure. As I see activities on people’s Facebook feeds, I also add it to my list.

I’m sure there are many other adventure to add, but here is what I have put together. What other activities have you done that I should add?

  • African American History Museum
  • Air & Space
  • Air & Space (Dulles)
  • American Art Museum
  • American History Museum
  • American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore)
  • AnneMarie Sculpture Garden (Soloman’s Island)
  • Aquarium (Baltimore)
  • Arcade@Smithsonian
  • Art Investigators @ National Art Gallery
  • Artechouse
  • Badlands
  • Barbies
  • Beach
  • Bike Rides
  • Blokus
  • Botanic Garden Model Trains
  • Bowling
  • Brookside Gardens Glow Lights
  • Brookside Gardens Wings of Fantasy
  • Building Museum
  • Camping
  • Capitol
  • Caps Practice
  • Chanukah Fire Truck
  • Chanukah on Ice – Pentagon City
  • Chocolate World  (Hershey)
  • Crayola Experience (Easton)
  • Cunningham State Park
  • Damascus Children’s Museum, Stop Play
  • Davis Kids Museum
  • Diggerland (Cherry Hill)
  • Dress Up
  • Dumbarton Oaks
  • Family Movie Nights
  • Finger Painting
  • Flying Circus Air Show (Sundays through Oct)
  • Folkart Festival (Beginning of July)
  • Frederick Trains Museum
  • Fruit Picking
  • Georgetown Glow
  • Glen Echo Theater
  • Glenstone Museum
  • Great Falls Hike
  • Harper’s Ferry
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hyperkidz
  • Ice Skating
  • Imagination Stage
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Kennedy Center
  • Kid Museum
  • Laser Tag
  • Leesylvania State Park
  • Lego Discovery Center
  • Library of Congress
  • Lighting President’s Park
  • Live Music
  • Magnatiles
  • Make Necklaces
  • Maryland Science Center (Baltimore)
  • Microscope
  • Millennium Stage @Kennedy Center
  • Miniature Golf
  • Minor League Baseball
  • Monopoly
  • Monster Golf
  • Mount Vernon (Christmas Day)
  • Nasa Goddard Visiting Center
  • National Aquarium
  • National Arboretum
  • National Engraving
  • National Geographic
  • National History Museum
  • National Menorah
  • National Postal Museum
  • Nats Game – Jewish Heritage Day
  • Natural History Museum
  • Newseum – Kids are Free this Summer
  • Occoquan Wildlife Refuge
  • Olney Children’s Ballet Theater
  • Parks
  • Patuxent Wildlife Refuge
  • Pinstripes Bowling
  • Play Video Games
  • Playdates
  • Play-Doh
  • Port Discovery
  • Portrait Gallery
  • Postal Museum
  • Potomac Paddle Boats
  • Rock Creek Planetarium
  • Rummikub
  • Scrabble
  • See Fireworks
  • Sesame Place (PA)
  • Set
  • Shakespeare in the Garden
  • Show at local Theater
  • Sledding
  • Snap Circuits
  • Snow Tubing
  • Solomon’s Island
  • Sorry
  • South Mountain Creamery
  • Splash Park
  • Strathmore
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Sunflowers at Mckee Beshers Wildlife Management
  • Tidal Basin
  • Train Rides
  • Trolley Museum
  • Turkey Hill Experience
  • Turtle Park
  • Volunteer
  • Walkersville Southern Railroad (May – Oct)
  • Wharf DC
  • White House
  • Wolftrap Children’s Theater
  • Zoo
  • Zoo Lights

Here are some tips & Videos from The Innovative Dad about Bucket Lists

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The Family “Bucket List”

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