The second trip we went on this week was to the Natural Play Area at the Highbanks Metropark. The Columbus metropark system created natural play areas as a way to expose children to the natural play that used to happen years ago, where kids were allowed to run through the woods, dig, climb trees, catch butterflies, and wade through streams & rivers. We decided to go with some friends (from The Attached Mama blog: http://theattachedmama.blogspot.com/ ). It was a fantastic time! Climbing trees wasn’t exactly on the menu this time (there was poison ivy that was taller than my children!) but we did play in the fields and then hiked through the woods down to the river for some creeking.
What a fantastic resource for Central Ohioans! Actually, the entire metropark system is. So those of you in the area, take advantage of it–you already paid for it with your taxes! (Well, maybe I didn’t…we don’t live in the same county as the parks. But, I would have! 😉 )