Last weekend we took the girls to Leesylvania State Park. I bought the annual pass because we live pretty close, it is well kept, and they have lots of programs for kids throughout the summer. As an added bonus, it turns out the park also has really nice and helpful park rangers. When I went to the visitors center, they gave me several flyers about upcoming events and explained what a lot of them included. Most of the kids activities are free or $2, if it involves supplies of some sort.
|Meredith and Audrey walking over the turtle pond bridge at Leesylvania State Park - June 2013|
|Audrey fishing for the first time - July 2013|
|Audrey with her first catch - a 1 ounce White Perch|
|Audrey with her 2nd place fishing trophy! The fish on top of the trophy is bigger than the one she caught to win it.|
It was a really fun activity. I loved the relaxation of just sitting there chatting with little Audrey. Audrey really enjoyed herself as well. I was surprised that she was not at all squeamish about putting the worm on the hook and did it herself the second time. It was a great way to spend a morning.
It got me thinking about community activities. Parks, libraries, rec centers - they put together some really good programs and they are usually cheap if not free. This one was free (after the park admission fee) and it taught Audrey a new skill and was fun. Now that I am going to be with the girls for the rest of the summer, we will definitely be taking advantage of more of these community activities.