I obviously didn't tell them what we were doing. I merely got them out of bed one morning and had them get dressed.
We then headed to our local, AWESOME little donut shop, Druber's, and then took the donuts "to go" to eat at "Midtown Arboretum" -- our 9th park visit.
For you locals, this park is at 8th and Main -- across the street from St. Mary's Church. It's the little walking path/arboretum next to "Midtown Towers" apartments.
It was slightly drizzling that morning. In the park, there's a nice little gazebo. It was a great little place for us to eat our donuts and stay dry. (Kate was being "Kate" and was not wanting to pose for the picture with her compliant older brother -- Ha)!
After the donuts were eaten, the kids spent quite awhile running around the paths. There is no playground equipment at this park. Look closely in these pics to see the kids running in the distance.
Most of the plants in this park are labeled. I had a hard time getting Luke interested in plant names. That's ok because honestly, I'm not super interested in plant names. Kate, of course, had zero interest as well -- which is also ok since she's only three years old.
I was thinking that the kids probably wouldn't very much enjoy this park since there was no equipment. Admittedly, the donuts helped, but the ability to run free around the park helped just as much. They had a good time just being kids outside! I was proven somewhat wrong in my thoughts.
And now, when we pass by this park on an almost daily basis -- even Kate says, "we went there and had donuts".