Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer’s Not Done…There’s Still Time for Fun

With half the month gone, school around the corner, and Labor Day weeks away- it's time for relaxing and enjoying what's left of summer. The challenge this year when the economy is lacking is: What can a family do locally on the cheap side? The following are some ideas that I enjoyed this summer with my family:

Explore through Cooking. Gather the family and pick a recipe from a cookbook like Around the World Cookbook that features various traditional foods. Don't forget to visit our CD collections for a side of cultural music.

A Family Camp Out in your own backyard- it's a classic!

Visit the Mount Prospect Park District's Rosemary Argus Friendship Park Conservatory located in Des Plaines and surround yourself with 30 acres of beautiful landscapes, strolling paths, and tennis or basketball courts.

Elk anyone? Visit the elk herd located on the corner of Arlington Heights Road and Higgins Road. The Ned Brown Forest Preserve also boasts paved trails for biking, paths for hiking, and renting canoes and rowboats.

A Day at the Farm. Visit Glenview Park District's historic Wagner Farm where you can see the newest farm animal, Madison, an 8 week old calf, and enjoy interactive exhibits including visiting a general store and milking a cow.

Visit the River Trail Nature Center located in Northbrook and learn about local plant and wildlife of the Des Plaines River Valley.

And of course, you can always visit us for more resources and ideas.

How about you? Any places to share?

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