There’s something about an open-air ice skating rink that’s just more exciting than an indoor rink.
We took the kids skating in Central Park just before Thanksgiving and had so much fun. They’ve been asking to go skating again every week since then, so over winter break we drove into DC to check out the outdoor rink at the National Sculpture Garden.
Who am I to deny them? Plus, I love skating. And field trips into the city.
Downtown, we met my cousin and her family, who were visiting for Christmas. They have two little girls the same age as B and G. We see them twice a year—once at Christmas and once in the summer—and each time B gets together with her cousins, it’s like they never missed a day. I love these little peas in a pod.
No trip to the National Mall would be complete for my kids without lunch at their #1 favorite restaurant in the whole world: The Atrium Cafe in the Museum of Natural History. Seriously, you would think this was a 5-star restaurant rather than a cafeteria-style cafe the way my kids talk about it. But it does have good food—much of which is organic and locally sourced—so we went there for lunch before our skating adventure.
We also spent some time strolling the Sculpture Gardens and getting coffees and hot chocolates. Then at 4PM, we took to the ice.
The skating passes we bought were good for two hours, and we used every minute of our time. As the sun set and the lights came up around the rink, it just got better. Walking back to the car, B asked why we don’t go into the city more often, and I didn’t have a good answer. I think we’ll have to put it on our adventure list for this year.
As I’m looking through these pics, I realize that Matt isn’t in any of them because he was manning the camera the whole time. We need to do a better job of getting him in these shots to prove he was really there!