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Another Playtime at Arbor Day Farm

We love Arbor Day Farm's Tree Adventure so much we try to go every 3 weeks, and although we couldn't make it out there in October due to rain, we are trying to go two or three times in November! Here is a small portion of the walk (ample for ambitious toddlers who want to stroll their siblings, "Me do it!")

Lu's favorite part of the Tree Adventure is this huge wooden xylophone. It even has tree stumps of all sizes for the *ahem* littlest of music makers.

Here's the little lady playing in one of the block area. They have a rectangular blocks area and another (where Ani is, with the stump-ground) of just sliced tree rings & branch limbs cut down to an appropriate size. Before we go there, there was a beautiful bridge built by a future city planner. I should have snapped a picture of it, but I didn't get a chance before Tornado Lu hit the area.

After about an hour there, we realized there is an entire section behind the main entrance building that is an exact replica of the Tree Adventure only mini-sized...for toddlers! Complete with its own wooden xylophone and small "messy area" (i.e. fort building area, where the kids are in the picture), we were sold! They even had a mini tree-house with silks that were hung as hammocks(more pictures of that to come!). This place gets better and better! See more pics of the Arbor Day Farm here.
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kylee said…
That place looks so fun - I never even knew it existed!!
julie k said…
We might have to check that place out. It looks like so much fun!

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