With the final arrival of Spring-like weather, we were able to take our kids out and play. Our schedule is really busy, between homeschooling activities, traveling for my work, and the cooler weather. Today was the exception to the rule. I was determined to get out and let my kids run wild.
We packed a lunch, including foods we don’t eat as often. We packed peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, cucumber slices, watermelon, sun chips, and lots of water. It was a special day for the kids.
We took the kids and their cousins to Fort Harrison State Park. For a small fee of $5 per car, we were able to really have a great time. We let the kids play at the playground first. There is an awesome slide that kept everyone busy for quite some time. The park has a smaller play area for younger kids and my older one’s enjoyed running around in the open areas and climb the rocky area to go down the slide.
There are plenty of picnic tables and if you plan on having a party or a large get together, I would recommend reserving the larger picnic areas. There are trails for bike riding and for hiking. We took our kids onto one of the trails and used our time to talk about the natural ecosystem and about what Indiana was like before the city was built. It was a great learning experience and wonderful for new learners. My toddler brought his favorite ball and my infant was enjoying the time in her stroller. We brought granola bars and enjoyed a snack while we walked. Watch our for cyclist though!
After our walk, we headed back towards the playground. The trail we went on was a 3 mile long one, but we just walked a little bit of it before headed back. Across from the playground, there is a giant sledding slope. I am so grateful to not see snow right now. The kids still went and rolled down the giant hill, enjoying their time together.
I would highly recommend anyone to take some time out and visit the park. It was well worth the minimal fee. Get out and play. Soak up the warm sunshine and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of fun all thanks to Mother Nature!