Thursday, May 19, 2016
Kid-Friendly Hidden Gems - Spring 2016
Categories: Family Fun
Spring time is a great time to get outdoors (finally!) and enjoy the natural beauty of Bloomington. But it's also a temperamental season, with cool, rainy days often on the forecast. For this reason, we've come up with two kid-friendly activities that will suit the changing weather and your kid's changing interests.
Griffy Lake and Nature Preserve
Most people know about Griffy Lake and the 1,200 acres of
nature preserve that surround it. But you might have forgotten about the nearly
two miles of trails that are perfect for little hikers, with just a few hills
and plenty of flora and fauna to admire. And you may need a little reminding
that the boathouse is open April through November, with kayaks and canoes available
for rent for just $8 an hour. It's a gorgeous and peaceful setting that just a
few minutes outside of town, great for a quick jaunt into the (almost)
3300 N. Headley Rd.
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
This museum of world cultures (with thousands of objects and
photographs representing every inhabited continent) has fascinating exhibits
that kids of elementary school age will enjoy, including an interactive kitchen
from the 60s and one on monsters from around the world. Check their calendar
for special hands-on activities, like family craft day or exhibit openings! Admission is always free to this museum, but the
experience is rich.
416 N. Indiana Ave.
This series of local Hidden Gems is featured in Bloomington Parent magazine which is available at the Bloomington Visitors Center as well as other locations.