Speaking of Lake Farmpark, one of the demos we wanted to see was “Cowboy Ben” and his “amazing roping tricks”. Instead of the horse arena, however, they had Ben (who showed up 15 minutes late to a big crowd of small squirming children) in a theatre where he only had enough room to show one trick — how he can rope children. Yes, one by one every child (willingly) took his or her turn to be roped (some even got back in line to go again). Then the 83-year-old took questions from the handful of people who had stayed on the hope that he might possibly do something else (we were wrong). Strange.
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Funnily enough, right after I blogged about wanting to give snowshoeing another chance, I got my chance. Lake Farmpark offered a free snowshoeing “mini hike” while our family was there on “Discovery Days” (January 17). Trying to put these contraptions on was challenging but they had staff to help. We were using the old style snowshoes; apparently the new fiberglass or something ones are much easier to use. Anyhow, two of my three kids really really liked it, even though my son fell down about 16 times. The youngest, although she actually did well, did not like it AT ALL. I had a lot of fun because I was with the older two. My husband, who was left to accompany the youngest, well, not so much. I want to give it another try with the newer style snowshoes. Snowshoes can be rented at two parks in Kirtland as well as Virginia Kendall, and there will be another free demo at Lake Farmpark on the next “Discovery Day”, Feb. 21.
I blogged about this last year after my kids and I went on Presidents’ Day. Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents’ Day, Lake Farmpark in Kirtland hosts a “Discovery Day”. Kids are admitted free with a paying adult ($6), and they have tons of activities that they only have on these days (or select special events). Get there early — they open at 9. It’s about an hour’s drive from Akron but worth it. I kind of forgot about it but my son was asking the other day when we were going to go there again. Then I happened to come across photos I took there last year and that got me excited to go again this year. You know how a lot of places advertise “crafts” or “special activities” for kids but there’s only one lame “craft” that takes about two minutes? Well, this is the opposite. You really can’t do everything they offer in a day.
Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents’ Day, Lake Farmpark in Kirtland hosts a “Discovery Day”. Next year, mark it on your calendar to go if you can! Kids are admitted free with a paying adult ($6), and they have tons of activities that they only have on these days (or select special events).
If you’ve never been there, Lake Farmpark is a working farm. All day long they have different demos and shows, like ice-cream and cheese-making, cow-milking and close-up encounters with all kinds of farm animals. So between the usual and special activities, today my children made clay, helped make then ate a cupful of Stone Soup, walked a sheep on a leash, hand-dipped a candle, milked a cow, rode on a horse-drawn tractor, planted a marigold to take home, created paper flowers, made a Venus Flytrap puppet, and saw newborn piglets, lambs and kids (some just a few days old). The facility was also hosting a Quilt Show, so the kids enjoyed seeing all the beautiful, unique handiwork. I had a feeling it would get crowded, so we got there around 9:30 (it’s open 9-5 daily except for holidays). By 10:30 the crowds started coming and by 1 it was packed. We went to the ice-cream making demo, but there were about, no lie, 100 kids ahead of them in line to turn the machine’s crank and get a teeny cup of ice cream to eat (we passed). We were there until after 2 (4-1/2+ hours) and still had only done about half the stuff they offered.
Check the Web site (www.lakemetroparks.com) for their special events; my sister’s family went to the highly popular ”Country Lights” there a couple years ago and loved it. I hadn’t taken a mini-road trip (it takes about an hour to get there from Akron) alone with the kids in a while; it ended up being a really good way to spend the day.