“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” – Anne Lamott
As this week continued to get warmer and warmer, and more and more of our snow was melting, I decided it was time to fully introduce the boys to the joys of getting out and splashing in puddles. We spend so much time making sure that they are safe and clean and “staying out of trouble”. Sometimes, getting out into nature is one of those places where being clean, taking risks, and staying out of trouble isn’t nearly as important (though staying safe definitely is). So, into our rubber boots we went (Mom included! This was her first time out splashing in puddles too!) and out the door we headed, searching for puddles! And boy, did we find them!
Finally, finally, FINALLY, we’ve had a stretch of nice weather. Really, truly nice. Like, the snow is melting and spring has sprung in Edmonton! (Here’s hoping old man Winter doesn’t make a sudden reappearance any time soon!) As luck would have it, the first really warm day was a Saturday, so my little Princes & I bundled up and went for a walk, to enjoy the snow one last time this year. Our destination: the Fort Edmonton Footbridge!
I’m not normally one to complain about the weather, particularly in the winter. If anything, I try to be hardier than the average bear when the mercury dips and the snow falls. Still…. this has been a hard winter, especially lately with the bitter cold we’ve had. Luckily, Edmonton has some great alternative options to keep children active during the winter, and one in particular is a favorite of ours, the John Janzen Nature Center. Last weekend we went there to burn off some excess energy and still have a little interaction with nature.
Inside there is a big playland that is fashioned after several natural elements: a beaver dam, a bee hive, a squirrel’s warren, plus some other nature-related things to play with. It’s really super interesting, and I love taking the boys each time, explaining to them when the questions inevitably come up about what things are and how they live in nature, and then we run off and have some more fun building or climbing or sliding or exploring. I basically cut the boys loose when we get there and see what kind of fun and exploration we can get up to. Continue reading “Escaping Winter at the John Janzen Nature Center”