It’s time for another ABC’s and 123’s Picnic Table Talk. This week’s theme is about Vacations.
~What is your favorite place to vacation?
We love to go on local overnight road trips to nearby destinations. There are so many local treasures within a few hours drive. We’ve been to Indianapolis, Michigan and Wisconsin to vacation at various kid-friendly spots.
~Where is the best place you’ve vacationed with children?
It’s a toss up between Indianapolis and St. Joseph Michigan. They both have fun things to do for kids.
At Deer Forest in Coloma Michigan (near St. Joseph):
We actually got to step inside the enclosure to feed the deer, and when you went in with your bucket of food, they swarmed around you. There were many more deer on the other side of me I’m not showing. There were other animals, including your typical calves, sheep, chicken and turkeys.
One of my favorites was an Arctic Fox.
I think it was because I wrote a school term paper (okay, whatever it’s called when you are in elementary school) on the Arctic Fox, so this little guy brought back the memory of my project. It was one of the first times we actually had to do library research for the paper. I remember spending time looking up the facts in the library, writing them all down on notecards, then using the notecards to come up with an outline and then writing the paper from the outline. Okay, that’s boring as heck, but I used to be a bit of a geek in school (can you tell?).
They had a section at the park of a wooden structure mimicking the buildings of an old western town, with a general store and sheriff’s office. I kind of forgot to take a picture of that building, but I did remember to take a picture of the panning for gold (okay, gemstone) attraction.
And our gems
We overnighted in St. Joseph, and we went to the Curious Kid’s children’s museum there. It was of course a lot of fun for the kids. I wished I could take one of the exhibits home with me – the pulley exhibit. I’ve been wanting to set up a pulley experiment, but I wouldn’t be able to find one quite like this. Those red weights were really heavy and it got progressively easier to pull up the weights when the pulleys did the work for you.
(that’s not me in the picture, but someone else).
I did do a quickie lesson in pulley mechanics with my oldest, asking her which weight was hardest to pull and which weight was easiest to pull and why. I also videotaped the mini lesson while doing so (gotta love the digital cameras these days with video capability), so we could go review it.
~Where have you vacationed this summer
We visited Indianapolis over spring break, but I’m including it here because we may or may not actually have a summer trip (though we do go to Wisconsin Dells in September).
Indianapolis had it’s great features too, especially the Indianapolis Children’s Museum I posted about before, and their Zoo boasted a wonderful dolphin underwater dome: