One of our new family past times is taking full advantage of our local forest preserves.
Yesterday, which wasn’t as nice as Saturday, but still had warm temps, we met up with our good friends and had a cook out at the fireplaces at the pavilion in Hammel Woods.
My two kids (5, 3) and their son (2) all enjoyed getting outside, getting dirty and enjoying nature. We brought their scooters to ride around on, a soccer ball to kick and chase, and various animal toys to keep them entertained.
We made grilled cheese sandwiches and apple pies on the fire with our pie irons and, of course, hot dogs. No open-fire cookout is complete without a hot dog or two.
We even got a little sunshine to warm us up even more than the fire did.
After lunch we took a stroll down by the DuPage River Dam, where the water was extremely high (and dangerous!) due to all the snow runoff. Dangeorus but beautiful and relaxing (and nerve wracking with kids in tow).
It really is my preferred way to spend a warm pre-Spring afternoon. Heck, even during the winter, this is a lot of fun!
Thank you to the wonderful folks at the Will County Forest Preserve to giving us these great locations to explore nature!
I hope this inspires you to do the same.