I had to run an errand in Waunakee yesterday, so I decided to turn the day into a fun park exploration day. We went to Ripp Park first, where the girls liked to play in the tunnel that they thought looked like a fish. We also played a game or two of hide and seek, where the best hiding place was right behind me, and everyone took a turn on the swings. This was our least favorite park because there wasn't much to play on, and there was hardly any shade.
Then we went to the Piggly Wiggly to pick up food to make a picnic lunch - the girls chose baby carrots, apples, croissants, cheddar cheese, baby pepperonis, apple juice and M&M cookies. It was a tasty picnic, although Amelia realized that she shouldn't have chosen an apple because she had a hard time taking bites out of it with four wiggly teeth. We ate our picnic at the picnic shelter at Centennial Park. After lunch, the girls played for a long time on the bouncy bridge, climbing wall, and swinging mushrooms. Nathaniel and I enjoyed the nice shady trees, although we also sat for a while in the shade of the playset, trying to guess where the girls were just by the sounds they were making.
Then we drove to Waunakee Village Park, which has a little stream running through it. We saw quite a few kids in the knee-high stream with nets and buckets, so we went over to ask what they were doing. Turns out they were catching crawfish (which people call crayfish here). One of the bigger girls was so nice, and helped Amelia and Megan get into the stream so they could wade around. She showed them how to catch the crawfish, but the girls were not interested in trying it themselves.
I got them out of the water to play on the playset, and they enjoyed the climbing ropes and the big sandpit, but they were really just anxious to get back into the water.
I sat Nathaniel down in the sand, but he immediately tried to eat it. He wasn't a fan.
I think it would be fun to go back to this park with water shoes and a net and see if we can catch some crayfish ourselves. Plus, it was such a cute park with the stream, weeping willows and stone bridges.
We were outside from 11am to 3:30, and then we had to go home to get ready for gymnastics. It was such a fun day!