Hidden Oaks Nature Center!
The weather has been very un-August-like and I am loving it. Breezy, sunny, and high in the 70s/low 80s. Not at all hot and sticky, but just a lot of fun in the sun.
Last Friday on my normal day off, I took the kids to Hidden Oaks Nature Center. It was only 15 minutes away and small enough for me to handle the kids on my own. Inside the nature center, there were live animals (we saw turtles, a toad, and snakes), interactive exhibits, a tree loft for the kiddos to climb, small library, and blocks + toys. Outside of the nature center, there was an outdoor play space (picture above), with a little pond. Overall, a very nice place to spend a morning for ages 2-5! Maybe even a little bit older kids might like it too?
Now what Anna loved the most - which she old me herself - was redeeming the goodies for completing the library summer reading program. That plastic bug and the purple magnifying glass made her SO HAPPY during the entire trip. Little kids find amusement in such littlest things. :)
Before we left, we went to the playground nearby for a spin on the swings.
Before I had kids, I would never think of visiting places like Hidden Oaks. But now that I have two little ones, I love finding these type of places - close to home, fun and educational, and cost nothing. It gives us something to do in the morning before going home for lunch and nap. I will be scoping out more little kids-friendly destinations nearby and blogging about them here. Maybe other Moms like me will find them useful!