Meghan

I like blues, punk, crime drama, mysteries, knitting, science fiction, having boys, and keeping active. I am a cat person, although I think dogs should have equal opportunities. When I'm not here, you'll find me on my personal blog, on our main site, or out and about with my kids!

Jun 232015
 

Jump up, jump down at Flight Trampoline Park The Joy Troupe NOVA

Buried in foam blocks at Flight Trampoline Park The Joy Troupe NOVA

If you’ve ever had occasion to reflect that

The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs

is an apt description of parenting your kiddo, then Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA is the place for you. With over 50 connected trampolines, and several side courts with different set-ups, no Tigger could want more than this. Although our area boasts many stellar parks and outdoor activities, an indoor option is a must for days when the weather is just not on your side. Flight Trampoline Park is no quiet trip to the library or passive movie watching experience- it is pure, kinetic, active, participation from the moment you get on the trampoline until the moment you go home at the end.

The bounce floor at Flight Trampoline Park The Joy Troupe NOVA

Some tips to help you have your very best Flight Trampoline Park experience:

  • Your check in will go much  more smoothly if you do your waiver and/or reserve your tickets online before you go.
  • Wearing exercise clothing is definitely appropriate. Whether you are going to jump yourself during one of the open jumps, or just keeping up with a little one during Kid Flight, you are going to be moving, probably more than you think. If I told you my butt is not sore after a morning at Flight, my nose would grow right out the door.
  • The Flight Jump tickets are stickers. They do NOT stick well to synthetic fabrics, particularly if you are at all sweaty. If you can, choose a cotton top and they’ll stay on much better.
  • There are cubbies to store your belongings near the jump area. But they are NOT secure, so I recommend leaving your valuables in the car, and wearing a fanny pack or using a ZIPPERED pocket for essentials. (I used a runner’s waistband for my phone and car key- it was perfect.)
  • You are required to jump barefoot or in special socks sold by Flight ONLY.
  • Some of the sloped trampolines have a flat spot at the top, and lots of the younger kids get a huge kick out of climbing up there and sitting. The safety netting does NOT go all the way to the wall, so if your kid climbs up there, you’ll want to make sure they don’t go down to the end and tempt fate.
  • Outside of Kid Flight, kids 6 & under are confined to a relatively small area of the park. You may want to assess whether those hours are a good idea, or whether it would be better to stick with Kid Flight, based on your kid’s personality.
  • If you have a bitty in a stroller, there is room on the “deck” to park them without impeding traffic.
  • You WILL work up an appetite, so pack some snacks for “after.”
  • There is a water fountain, but dribbles from the fountain make the floor slippery there. Your best bet is to bring a bottle of water for yourself and your kids- Flight recommends sports tops and straw tops as less likely to spill and create a hazard.

Visit Flight Trampoline Park‘s website to find hours, pricing, and party booking details. They have a party room, offer group discounts, adult fitness classes, and much more. Kid Flight is our FAVORITE!

Thank you to Flight Trampoline Park for hosting us for a group jump experience in order to facilitate this review. I have not recieved any other compensation or consideration for the creation of this post, and all opinions are 100% mine.

Passed out after a morning at Flight Trampoline Park The Joy Troupe NOVA

Jun 162015
 
2015 Summer Reading Guide to NOVA

Books, books, books! Great readers are made by GREAT BOOKS, and there is no better time for great books than summertime. Find your nearest summer reading program and get your kid excited to build good reading habits all summer long. Here is your roundup of NOVA summer reading programs. They are all FREE, they are all FUN, and they almost all include incentives to reward your kiddo’s accomplishments!

Jun 052015
 
Summer Entertainment: Free Shows, $1 movies, and more

The beauty of summer is that no school activities means more time for family fun. Here’s a roundup of free- or mostly free- summer entertainment for your family. Outdoor movies, music, puppets, and more!

Jun 022015
 
FREE Summer Bowling for your kids all summer long!

SUMMER IS COMING. What’s better than indoor fun? Free indoor fun. You can sign your kiddo up for some free bowling this summer. All it takes is an email address and a couple of minutes, and you’ll be hooked up with free games DAILY. Talk about a backup plan! Bowl America (2 free games per day [...]

May 052015
 
20% Off Kid Flight Ticket at Flight Trampoline

Flight Trampoline Park is a cutting-edge entertainment, fitness, and sports facility unlike anything you have ever experienced. Flight Trampoline Park is the ultimate venue for active social outings, intense individual workouts and memorable birthday parties. We are the ultimate trampoline park! You can bounce in our open jump field, play intense trampoline dodgeball, and do [...]

Apr 172015
 
National Arboretum offers all the beauty with fewer crowds

A friend of mine posted an “Introvert’s guide to the cherry blossoms” on her Facebook page. It said: Step 1- plant your own cherry tree. Step 2- stay home.Redbud trees and camellias in bloom at the National Arboretum

My personal favorite insider tip is the National Arboretum. It sees much less traffic than the tidal basin, but is easily as beautiful. And the blooms there do not stop when the notoriously fickle cherry blossom peak time is over, either. Last weekend, the cherry trees were at peak bloom, and the red buds weren’t far behind. This weekend, you should see some gorgeous dogwoods, more spectacular performance from the redbuds, and there may also be apple blossoms.

Apr 142015
 
Reithoffer Carnival at Landmark Mall

Through Sunday April 19. $2 entrance fee. Get full details including times and prices for ride tickets here. The rides are all clearly marked as to who can ride them- some restrict how tall a child must be to ride at all and some how tall to ride without an adult. There are rides appropriate [...]

Apr 142015
 
Alexandria Native Plant Sale- New location for 2015

The big Native Plant Sale (formerly held on 3601 Valley Drive) is renamed the “Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale” and will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This is the 24th occurrence of this twice-a-year, non-profit, community plant sale.  Fifteen vendors from four states will be hosted. Please note that the event has been moved to The [...]

 April 14, 2015  Posted by at 3:44 pm Alexandria Playgroup, Northern VA Community Events No Responses »
Mar 192015
 
Alexandria's Food & Wine Festival Deal #Ad

Converging in Oronoco Bay Park for one day, the Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival brings the area’s best wine producers together in one spot, along with many of the local restaurants and food purveyors. Admission to the festival is free, so visitors can walk around before purchasing something to eat or a full glass of wine from one of the many wineries.

Mar 182015
 
Join us on Monday, 3/23 to Create & Play!

Hope United Church of Christ 6130 Old Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22310 Monday, March 23, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT) Thank you, Hope UCC for hosting area families in their space for this brand new, secular, FREE program.  Join us every Monday. The children will enjoy hands-on activities, creative expression, social skill building, and [...]

 March 18, 2015  Posted by at 11:55 am Alexandria Playgroup No Responses »
Mar 162015
 

Wonders of Science Special Tours and Programs Explore 18th-Century Science The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, is hosting a special day of 18th-century natural and medical science exploration and demonstrations. On Sunday, March 22, 2015, visit the Apothecary and discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find [...]

 March 16, 2015  Posted by at 3:21 pm Alexandria Playgroup No Responses »
Mar 122015
 
Children’s Science Center Rolls Out Plans for Upcoming Summer Camps and Opens Applications for Family Science Night

Children’s Science Center Rolls Out Plans for Upcoming Summer Camps and Opens Applications for Family Science Night Northern Virginia (March 12, 2015) - The Children’s Science Center is proud to be embarking on our third year of our popular and successful Family Science Night program and unveiling our inaugural Adventures in STEM summer camp program. FAMILY SCIENCE [...]

 March 12, 2015  Posted by at 10:23 am Fairfax Playgroup, Work Away Mamas Playgroup No Responses »