In this lovely city there are TONS of things for kids to do, so now that we are basically settled in I thought it high time we ventured out! Amos and I do so much with the family on the weekends, but our weekdays have been limited to walkable things – story times at the library and bookstore, playground visits off the Tomahawk Trail that I love so much, that kind of thing. Oh, and grocery shopping. Taking one kid in a buggy and one strapped to you into Whole Foods in this yuppy neighborhood is something very close to running full tilt into the heat of battle. Don’t let the $400 sunglasses fool you – these people will cut you for their free sample of 2-year-old cheddar.
For our first big field trip, I chose Deanna Rose, a farmstead in the middle of Overland Park. There’s all kinds of stuff there for kids – all kinds of animals, playgrounds, an old schoolhouse, gemstone mining, fishing pond, and so much other stuff we didn’t even get to. During the week it’s free for everyone, and on the weekends it’s only $2 for
adults and $1 for kids. The best part for Hazel was feeding the goats. I never would’ve thought my daughter, the same one who gets excited about washing her hands 88 times a day, would be into letting goats slurp crumbly pellets out of her hand, but she was so feeling it. Jules and I were happy to watch her experiencing the world, interacting with kids and animals, and playing pretend in this huge botanical garden geared towards kids.
I took advantage of the free admission and did not plan a huge day; I brought no lunch, no snacks, and no expectations. We stayed until it wasn’t fun for one of the girls, which was about 2 1/2 hours. Then Jules demanded sleep, Hazel demanded food, and I was just happy we didn’t have to have a bathroom break there. It was a totally fun day, one that I hope Hazel will remember. Next week I think we’ll hit either the Botanical Gardens & Arboretum or the Children’s Museum.