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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Random Things to Do!

By Jan Pease

A parent at the ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) advisory council meeting December 1 made a statement about giving your children the gift of experience.  Her words stuck with me.  I admire the intentionality of this family as they teach their children lessons about what really matters. 

Of course, the first experience that came to my mind was our wonderful library.  A library card is one of the most empowering gifts our children can receive.  I love to watch parents show their children how to use books. Imagine the delight of a very young child opening and closing a book for the first time.  It’s incredible.

 Last summer some of the Pioneerland Library System libraries had a small folder they called a library passport.  As patrons visited various libraries in PLS, the librarian would stamp or sign the passport.  I think visiting libraries in the many towns served by PLS would be a family road trip worth doing.  The member libraries addresses, phone numbers and hours can be found on the Pioneerland website,
The Meeker County Historical Society and GAR Hall in the block next to the library is a small gem of a museum.  They are open Tuesday-Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Many towns, both large and small have unique little museums. 

Litchfield on Lake Ripley has a lake! 
People drive here from places near and far to come to Lake Ripley, which I take completely for granted.  You can bike or walk or run around the lake or shoot arrows in the archery park.  There is a gorgeous playground there, and lovely Anderson Gardens.    

Lake Ripley Cemetery is a beautiful place for a respectful visit.  We taught our daughter respect for property, how to read numbers and how to subtract to find age at death.  Yes, it’s kind of a quirky place to visit with a child, but the cemetery is full of history and   not a scary place at all. 
Turck’s Trees out by Forest City has become a winter experience complete with reindeer and hot chocolate.  Fun!    There are other memorable things to do – keep in mind the Forest City Stockade which celebrated their Pioneer Christmas event December 3rd

The Litchfield Community Education Brochure is full of interesting things to do as a family with the emphasis on do.  People seldom say that they regret spending so much time together.  Most of the time I hear something like, “I was so busy when the kids were young; I wish I could ______________. “  Give the gift of time together this winter.