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By John Kelly and Craig Stoltz
From the book "Kid-O-Rama"
Copyright 1998

   


Etc. | Walkin' the Walk

You could call this a chapter of stuff that didn't fit neatly elsewhere. Some attractions here may not at first glance seem that appealing to children, and yet there are things about them — a massive scale, an engaging design — that can be captivating. Among other things, we also note two places ideal for practicing a big child milestone: learning to walk.

Etc. | Walkin' the Walk

Et Cetera

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The Awakening  
Einstein Statue  

Walkin' the Walk

When your child is just starting to walk, your house or apartment can seem like a dangerous obstacle course. Despite moving the hard-edged coffee table and pushing the furniture out of the way, some kids still seems to find ways to bonk their heads. What you need is a wide-open carpeted space with lots of room to roam. Someplace like the . . . Kennedy Center. Or the National Building Museum.

Both of these cultural landmarks offer cavernous spaces where toddlers-in-training can plant their pudgy feet one in front of the other for yard after yard after yard, getting up a good head of steam. The Kennedy Center's red-carpeted main lobby stretches the building's entire length and is illuminated by shiny chandeliers. Outside is a terrace overlooking the Potomac where, in good weather, you can watch the planes fly to Reagan National Airport. Visit during the daytime (to avoid the intermission crowds), or get there early for one of the free Millennium Stage concerts.

The Great Hall of the National Building Museum is similarly open and even less crowded. Tall columns soar to the ceiling, dwarfing everyone. Children can careen around the sprawling space, ambling from column to column like little pinballs.

A few visits to these two places and you'll have your little one walking in no time. And then you'll wonder how to get them to slow down.

   
© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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