Unlike a lot of families, we did not travel anywhere during Spring Break. Too much work (real work, not politics), too many kids and a very pregnant wife make it hard to travel.
Having said that, we did get out this week and do some fun things. Here’s a quick synopsis of seven things to do over spring break:
Bike the W&OD Trail: From the red caboose in downtown Vienna to the stop sign at Hunter Mill Road is a 10K round trip. I ran it hard on Wednesday evening – practicing for next weekend’s races. Two of my children biked it and beat me easily (even the 6-year old). So dinner at Joe’s Pizza & Pasta was on me, afterwards.
Play Tennis at Van Dyck Park: The public courts are lighted and have a very forgiving surface. You’re lucky to get a court on a weekday night, but we did it. My kids complain that I hit the ball too hard. Deal with it.
See Movies at Cinema Arts Theater: My wife insisted on seeing the first night of “Water for Elephants.” So we went on Friday night. Funny, I never knew she liked circuses.
Visit Lorton Arts Workhouse: If you are into visual arts, the old Lorton Reformatory, now refurbished, is a fabulous place to visit. My girls checked out the different artists’ handiwork and museum on Saturday morning, while my son and I played frisbee in the Quadrangle. An historic site being used in a unique way.
Ice Cream at Woody’s: The ultimate Fairfax City institution is open for the summer at his new location in downtown Fairfax (behind the old “T.T. Reynolds” building). Stopped by on Saturday night. $4 shake. Worth it.
Hear “Handel’s Messiah”: It being Holy week, all churches had special services. Our church featured a bangin’ organ and full choir doing “the Messiah” for Easter Sunday. One of top two all-time musical anthems. (other is “Born to Run” … feel free to discuss).
Go Door-Knocking: Hey, it can’t all be fun.. This is an election year. Did several hundred doors in Mosby Woods and Old Creek neighborhoods. Just warming up.