Column: Plenty to do for little ones on a local staycation

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Commentary by Heather Kestian

If there is anything I have learned on this maternity leave, it is that stay at home moms are saints. Holy mother of Groundhog Day, Batman. The day looks a lot like this: breakfast (which I hope gets eaten and does not end up on the floor), get children dressed (mostly matching clothes), get children to the bus stop (on time), spend time perfecting the Pinterest projects (oh my, this one is hilarious, I have formed a love/hate relationship with Pinterest), naptime (even funnier), dinner, bedtime, then late night feedings every two hours. Rinse and repeat. Day, after day, after day. Saints, I tell you.

In my quest to make memories for my little ones, I have decided to forego any future Pinterest failures and instead take all of my little ones on mini trips for Spring Break this year. I figure there are so many things to do in and around Fishers that we will pack up the mini van and trek across town. I am sure you see the hilarity that these mini adventures will entail but I am determined to try my hand at field trips with three kids in tow and no other adult help. I just laughed out loud at my stupidity as I wrote that last sentence. I can do this. Right?

As a little inspiration to others, I have compiled a list of places to go for fun in and around Fishers.

1. Conner Prairie: This is one of our all time favorites. Who doesn’t like a little time travel?  The next time I ask my oldest to turn off the light, and he asks why, I am going to remind him he should be thankful we have lights to turn on and off.

2. Fishers Parks Day: We are going to travel from park to park (Brooks School, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, our neighborhood park, among others) and then they will get to rank which park is their favorite and tell each other why. It should be a hoot!

3. The Indianapolis Zoo: There are always lots of things to do at the Zoo and it wears the little ones out. And let’s be honest, the drive back to Fishers with completely tired little people is always awesome. The quiet rocking out to the 90’s station is always a blast…for mommy.

We are going to have so much fun on this staycation, I am sure of it!


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