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Old 12-07-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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We are coming up next Friday-Monday to house hunt in the Alexandria area. We're trying to find a way to do this that does not involve our 2 kids trapped in the car for extended periods of time (for everyone's sanity!) They are 1 and 3.

My parents have a great business near their house called Bizi Kids that is first-come, first-served drop-in care for kids-one of those great ideas I wish I had thought of! Does anything similar exist in the NOVA area? Any sort of drop-in care for a weekend or weekday?

We're military, but unable to use the on-post CDC child care because we have to register in person first.
Thanks!
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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There used to be a place , but it closed.

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Old 12-07-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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Unfortunately, I haven't really heard of any options like that, especially on weekends...does the onbase daycare even offer drop in on weekends--even with registering in person first ? We're military too, and if one of the bases around here offers that, I'd love to know about it!

I feel your pain, house hunting with little ones. When we looked at houses, our kids were 6, 4, 2 and 6 weeks, and it was POURING rain/thunder/lightning the entire time!

What we ended up doing is playing a DVD in the car while one parent went in and looked at the house. If that parent deemed the house a "possible contender" they sent the other parent into the house. You might even just want to have one parent go looking at houses while the other stays in the hotel (or wherever you'll be staying) with the kids one day, and narrow the choices down to the ones that truly are possibilities for your family. Then have the realtor take the other parent out the next day to visit the homes the first parent narrowed down.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Thanks HereinVA. That will definitely be our weekend back-up plan. Unfortunately on Friday and Monday my husband has work (he is moving up before us) so it'll be just me and the kids. I am dreading the whole "unbuckle each kid and buckle them into the stroller or hold them, see the house, return kids to car seat" scenario 100 times a day!
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Ugh, I feel for you. We were house hunting in Chapel Hill over the summer, and it is not fun with children. It's funny because we are making settlement in a few weeks, and was worried about taking my kids with us. I found out that down there they have some hourly drop-in childcare places at the mall. I have never heard of that in this area - it would be nice! I was considering using it, but with 3 kids at $11 per hour, I'm not sure I want to go that route. Plus it's not really close to where we'll be, so we'll probably just take our kids with us. Good luck!
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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There is a drop in place at Potomac Mills Mall. Home Page Seems well attended. You don't have to stay at the mall to use their services either but you will definitely be at least 30 minutes away from the Alexandria area so this may be too far. Kid's Land, it's called.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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Can you convince a friend to go with you? then the friend can help distract the kids while you look? Or what about hiring a babysitter in this area (sittercity.com) to go along with you?
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