Butler Holmes Park in Arlington, VA!

Butler Holmes Park in Arlington, VA!

Butler Holmes Park located in the Penrose neighborhood in Arlington, VA.  This park is an older aged child’s dream, but by the end of 2015 phase 2 will be completed with a tot lot.

Address: 101 S Barton St, Arlington, VA 22204

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This two-acre park is in the midst of a renovation and have made it through phase one.  Phase two will be completed by the end of 2015.  A smaller version of the “climbing Eiffel tower” is the big highlight of this park.  Although my kids are younger, this rope climbing tower is more for the 6-12 year old crowd.  Also included at this park are swings and a swinging pole.  There is a small paved path, great for the kiddos to ride bikes or walk to the basketball court.  Located by the basketball court is a water fountain.

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There is a Picnic Pavilion that can be rented, by clicking here.  There are also more picnic tables and a few charcoal grills near the basketball court.

If you are located in Arlington or are looking for a fun park to check out.  Make sure to add this one to your list to visit.  We look forward to re-visiting once the tot lot is added.

Temporary Road Recreation Area in Reston, VA!

Temporary Road Recreation Area in Reston, VA!

Temporary Road Recreation Area is located in the Lake Anne quarter of the Reston Association.  This park had a nice serene atmosphere to it.  There is a big open yard where our boys kicked a ball to each other while I sat and enjoyed the calmness of the park.

Address: N. Shore Drive, Reston, VA 

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There are two ways to enter this park; if you are on the trail, you can enter it that way near the swings or if  traveling by car, the park is located of North Shore Drive.  This park is extremely shaded with lots of trees.  All the leaves are starting to fall and it truly is a perfect Autumn setting.  The picnic pavilion is beautiful and has lots of space and a grill. If you are looking to rent, click here.

There is a large, open area that is great for kids.  To the right of the pavilion is a nice little bistro stone table with two stone stools.  Swings are also included at this park; there is one infant swing and one normal swing to enjoy.

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If you are located in the Lake Anne quarter, hop on the trail and check out this recreation area!

Howison Homestead in Woodbridge, VA!

Howison Homestead in Woodbridge, VA!

Last week we spent some time visiting parks in Woodbridge, VA.   Howison Homestead Park is managed by Prince William County Park Authority.   This park was a lot of fun and my boys especially loved the train themed playground  equipment.

Address:  14716 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, VA

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Howison Homestead Park has three soccer fields, two picnic pavilions, concession stands with restrooms, a train themed playground, as well as another playground, a digger and a see-saw.   The train themed playground is surrounded by a sand like floor and is built like a train, has a sliding board, steering wheel instead and a tunnel to crawl through.  In the area of the train playground there is also a small digger that you can maneuver on your own to pick up and discard sand.  My boys really enjoyed making “sand” piles, while the other crashed them. The other playground has mulch on the ground. This play area has a few climbing areas, a large slide and a regular slide. This area also has the see-saw.  There are two benches and a nice little sitting area that overlooks both play grounds.

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Just past the playground is one of the park pavilions with two picnic tables.  The other pavilion is just behind the concession stands and bathrooms.  There are also three different soccer fields that have different leagues throughout the year.

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Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Prince William County includes a lake, basketball court, picnic pavilion and playground area. The lake has a small platform area where you can walk out on and fish from. You can also fish from the shore line. There is a small parking lot that you can park in so you don’t have to park in the neighborhood.

Address: 14398 Melbourne Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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The playground has a newer piece of play equipment that would be great for preschool and school-aged children. Both regular and toddler swings are available. No restrooms at this park but charcoal grills and two (2) picnic pavilions are available right next to the water.

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This is a very cute park in the Woodbridge area. One of the bonuses is that it’s located right next to the train tracks. Don’t worry there is a fence separating the park from the tracks. The kids can hear and see the train through the trees. The train is more visible when the leaves are off of the trees though….:)

Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA!

Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA!

Our Orthopedist was funny and mentioned Barcroft Park is her kids favorite park because the high rope climbing apparatus. The rope equipment at this park is pretty high but my oldest had a fun time pretending he was on American Ninja Warrior..:) But luckily there is not just the climbing tree to play on. This playground is near the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center. The 65-acre park includes several sports fields including lit baseball/softball field, batting cage,tennis courts, handball court, drop-in rectangular field, volleball court, lighted basketball court, and horseshoe pit. You can even head down to the stream and try some fishing. Here is a map that kind of shows you where things are located in the park.

Address: 4200 S Four Mile Run Dr ArlingtonVA 22206 

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We only spent time at the one playground area by the parking garage but there are two other small playground areas next to the two different picnic pavilions. We’ll have to end up going back and checking them out on another day. The playground we did check out is located near all the sports fields and has indoor restrooms right next to the area. The area includes a large climbing apparatus that includes two different sizes for the kids to climb on. It was easy for me to get in there and help out when someone needed help coming down or going back up. So the little crowd doesn’t feel left out there is a preschool age slide and steps combo for them to climb on over a compressed rubber flooring. Besides the added bonus of  bathrooms being so close by there is plenty of shade over and around the equipment. Lots of benches, concrete wall and tables for everyone to sit at as well.

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We will definitely head back to this park at a later date to check out the picnic pavilions, other playground areas and fishing spot. My oldest is already begging to go back and climb on the rope trees…..:)

Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA is a very nice park in Arlington County. The park includes a playground, indoor restrooms, full basketball court, multi-purpose field, brand two (2) picnic pavilion, charcoal grills, small nature trails and fire ring.

Address: 1200 N George Mason Dr., ArlingtonVA 22205

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The fenced-in park has parking available along the street and is situated at the corner of George Mason Drive and Washington Blvd. The streets are pretty busy so be careful when pulling out into traffic. If you live in the neighborhood there are plenty of sidewalks and crosswalks for you to navigate. The playground area includes a small sandbox area for the little ones, a large piece of play equipment for the big kids, and toddler swings. There is also lots of shade over the playground so it was the perfect spot for a hot day. This would also be the perfect park for the kids to bring their ride on toys or bikes with the paved trails around the playground area. There a small fun hoop and concrete area for the littler crowd to play basketball on as well. The indoor bathrooms and water fountain are situated right next to the playground so you don’t have far to go for the potty training crowd.

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***Sorry no pics of the toddler sand box, too many little ones…:)

The other part of the park that we explored was the more natural part of the park. We walked up the paved trail to the brand picnic pavilion and found the fire ring area. I have no idea who has the authority to use the fire ring but I do know that the picnic pavilions which there are two of them can be rented. One pavilion can accommodate 50 people and the other 200 people. Click the link at the bottom page for more information on rental picnic pavilions in Arlington County. With the large natural space there a few small trails for the kids to walk in and out of the trees. If want the little ones to learn to take small nature walks this would be a prime spot to take them out in.

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We really enjoyed this park and we hope you enjoyed our review of Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

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Lyon Village Park in Arlington, VA!

Lyon Village Park in Arlington, VA!

rlington Parks in general are pretty darn awesome. The equipment is normally is great condition with different features you don’t normally find at every park. In the case of Lyon Village Park there is a sprayground available during different times of the day throughout the summer months plus two large pieces of play equipment. A sandbox area is located by the picnic pavilion. Best part is the entire park is fenced in with a great ornate gate that stays closed so the little runners can’t get away. One thing you should note is parking along the street has a two-hour limit!

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Address: 1800 N Highland St. ArlingtonVA 22201

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The boys had a great time at the park even though we came too early for the sprayground area. There are no restrooms at the park but plenty of shade for the kids to get out of the sun. There are two different pieces of play equipment that both have some neat climbing areas and small hammocks for the kids to lounge in. My kiddos enjoyed the sandbox and a ride on toy that acted like a small merry-go-round but a lot less dangerous…:) No shortage of swings at the park and for all ages. For the adults there are two (2) lit tennis courts and one (1) basketball court that stay lit until 11 p.m. All are in fabulous condition and were busy when we were at the park.

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The kids and I will definitely be returning to this park. We just loved that one child could play in the sandbox and just hang out while my other high energy child could be on the equipment. There are plenty of spots for parents to have a seat and watch the kids from and in plenty of shade. Of course I was out in the middle of park helping my ball of energy get to the top of the cargo net. If you live in Arlington or you’re just looking for a new adventure to take the kids on, I highly recommend Lyon Village Park in Arlington, VA!

Golf Course Island Rec Area in Reston, VA!

Golf Course Island Rec Area in Reston, VA!

Golf Course Island Rec Area is another nice park that is part of Reston Association. The Reston Association has dozens and dozens of different types of parks throughout the four districts for residents to use. GCI (Golf Course Island) is located in District 2, Lake Anne/Tall Oaks.

Address: 11301 Links Drive, Reston, VA 20190

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The park has one (1) basketball court, a large piece of play equipment, small fenced-in preschool age equipment, swings and picnic pavilion. There is a restroom when the pool club is open but it is strictly for residents only. The equipment was all in great shape with partial shade available over small equipment and picnic pavilion. There are both types of swings available (regular and toddler). The larger piece of play equipment has got some great slides for the older kids. The basketball court was also in great shape and looked recently resurfaced. You can park along the street or in the small parking lot but I would advice you park along the street so you aren’t in the way of the residence heading to the pool.

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Great little community park that is part of the Reston Association. If you live in the Lake Anne/ Tall Oaks District or just want a new park, check out Golf Course Island Park in Reston, VA!

Monroe Park in Goldvein, VA!

Monroe Park in Goldvein, VA!

Monroe Park is a neat park that has The Gold Mining Camp Museum as part of the 14-acre park. The park also has a playground, picnic pavilion, 1/4 mile walking path, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, baseball/softball field, and football/soccer field.

Address: 14421 Gold Dust Parkway Goldvein, VA 22720

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The first thing we hit up at the park was the playground. The park has a large piece of equipment with some fun climbing sections for the older kids. One of the platforms was being reset in the ground so it was closed off for use. There are both types of swings at this park and porta potty restrooms are available nearby. There is no shade around the park so we headed over to the museum to to check it out.

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 There are three different buildings to walk through, the Assay Office, Mess Hall, and Bunk House. In addition to the buildings there were two very large orbs called Hornet Balls that used to crush large rocks on display. Inside the museum was very clean and had air conditioning so it was nice to get out of the heat. The Gold Mining Camp Museum is open year round Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30- 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter. There are also gold panning demonstrations held on nice weather days in raised water tables using local stream sand. These are held Wednesday through Saturday at 2:00 and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. For more info please click here. The outside paths and inside the buildings are stroller friendly. During the week you may have the buildings all to yourself like we did. There is a park ranger on site so if you have any additional questions they are happy to help. It’s a quick visit but for short attention spans it’s perfect. 

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We really had a fun time at this park. My oldest lately has loved going to museums and this was a nice surprise for him. If you live in Fauquier County or don’t mind a drive check out Monroe Park in Goldvein, VA!

Claude Moore Park in Sterling, VA!

Claude Moore Park in Sterling, VA!

Claude Moore Park in Sterling,VA has many things you can do at the 357-acre park. There are two entrances to the park including the northern natural hiking and picnicking entrance and the southern Sportsplex and Rec Center entrance. The Rec Center has a great indoor fun pool with a slide and play area. Adult fitness area, competition pool, basketball courts, rock climbing wall, indoor track, classes and camps. You can also find the Heritage Farm Museum when you drive past the Rec Center. The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum has great kids area where they can pretend to milk a cow, run a general store, and ride race horses.

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Address: 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Rd. Sterling, VA 20164 

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We were more interested in the hiking and fishing portion of the park. We were also looking for new geocaches to find with the kids. There is a cute visitor center with different types of fish and amphibians for them to look at in the Discovery Room. Also there are clean indoor restrooms inside the visitor center. Outside you’ll find 11-miles of hiking trails, Lanesville Historic District buildings, 2-fishing ponds, picnic shelters and plenty of park benches and tables. We headed out onto the white trail loop then walked by the ponds, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum then finished up on the green trail back to the car. You can pick up a trail map at the Visitor Center!

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The trails are definitely true nature trails so strollers and wagons are a no go but a good backpack carrier would work well for the little ones. The fishing ponds have nice platforms to sit at or you can fish along the shoreline of both ponds. Remember to have your VA fishing License handy because I watched the park authority check a few people while we were there. Have fun walking the trails and fishing at Claude Moore Park!!