A VA Kids Trail Experience From a Child’s Perspective

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A VA Kids Trail Experience From a Child’s Perspective
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MSV Minature Doll HouseHi! My name is Katherine and I came to visit from Georgia. I just traveled to one of Bucket’s recommended sites, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, or  (MSV). They had an African American heritage exhibit that elaborated on many different topics, and they also had other exhibits.

My favorite exhibit was the miniatures, or dollhouses, that were all created or collected by Mr. R. Lee Taylor, former curator of the MSV. Though he died in 2000, his works actually resembled houses from times way earlier than that. The tiny accessories and details were the things that stood out to me most though, and in one house there was a chess set! The houses were all spectacular, and I had a lot of fun there.  

R. Lee Taylor also created 6 acres of gardens, and that is where they put my second favorite exhibit, the LEGO exhibit.



They had created 13 structures that were placed around the acres of land on the property. The creations were each huge, and in total, the creators used around 500,000 blocks! There was a deer, spider, turtle, butterfly, peacock, dragonfly, hummingbird, ant farm, human farmers, wheelbarrow, birdbath, flower, and a tree.They also had a booth where you could make your own special LEGOcreations, and I created one! I can check this place off my Bucket list, next, off to another site!

MSV Lego exhibitMSV Lego Butterfly












Just one hour from the Shenandoah Valley

Kennedy Center Kids Trail ExperienceThe next site I went to was Washington DC, and I we went to four places. First up, the Lincoln Memorial. I learned several facts there that I hadn’t known before, like that In the 1800 it was impolite to have your hat on while sitting down, so that’s why Mr. Lincoln doesn’t have his hat on in his sculpture. Also, I didn’t know that Lincoln’s speeches were on the north and south sides of the building. It was interesting to read some of his speeches. The next stop was the Vietnam Memorial. It was really sad to see all the names on the stones. The dinner stop was at Sequoia. Not the tree sequoia, but the restaurant. It had some amazingly delicious food and I would recommend it to anyone. The last stop was the Kennedy Center, where we saw Ballet Nacional de Cuba preform Giselle. You could sense their emotion, and the ballet as a whole was beautiful.

My trip to the Shenandoah Valley and Washington D.C. was wonderful, and I’ll be coming back soon! I owe a big thanks to Virginia Kids Trail, for recommending places that were interesting to me, and will be etched in my memory for a while. Bon Voyage!