The Field Museum – Chicago

the Visit Neighboring States Series The Field Museum left me breathless and speechless! I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the museum. I had read all the reviews and how to compare it to a football field and so forth. But until you step inside the vast halls and experience the volume of information, there really…

The BEST Frog Pond in Central Iowa – Ankeny

Place/Event: Cottonwood Recreation Area Location: 7400 NW 37th St, Ankeny, IA 50023 Cost: Free Grade/age range: K-12 Group size: large or small (great location for very large groups) Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes (but not along the edge of the frog pond) Bathrooms: Yes (running water and flushable toilets) Water: Yes Food: No I LOVE THE FROG POND! Nothing makes me happier…

Enabling Garden Altoona Iowa

Enabling Garden and Village Park – Altoona

Today I was driving through Altoona and saw this surprise garden! How have I lived in the metro area for years and have never heard about the Enabling Garden? Even in the rain on an overcast day the garden is amazing! The kids ran all over shouting out “look here”, “I am going over the bridge” and “Mom…

Hy-Vee Aisles Deleivers Food

Before you go on your Field Trip…plan for Coming Home

Nothing ruins a great field trip day more than coming home to a disorganized (*not necessary clean) kitchen and no meal ready. One of the biggest things you can do to make your field trip day a success is to have a plan for once you get home! The “make or break” it reason most moms QUIT…

Field Trip Tool Box for the Car

Field Trip TOOL BOX for the car

So, I am trying something NEW! As the kids have gotten older, I have set more challenging goals for them when we travel or go on a field trip: draw a picture of what they learn or a new experience make a list of what they didn’t know before a tour write out 5 new things they…

Field Trip Ready Car

We go so often, that it’s just easier to keep the car always packed! Playground bag – Starting when my kids were toddlers we would meet up with friends or stop at a park almost weekly.  I kept a “Playground” bag in the car. I stocked it with sand toys and shovels from garages sales (and…