Monday, August 24, 2015

Red Oak Nature Center and Lippold Park

Hello friends!  We hope you are enjoying your summer!  Weston and I have been spending our days together blowing bubbles; throwing balls, playing in the sandbox; playing 'run', which involves running up and down the length of our yard well he yells "Mommy, run! Daddy, run!" and tackle, which involves Weston running around in a circle and then into our arms while one of us falls backwards; and exploring our side of the Fox Valley.  One of my favorite parts about living in this area is that there are so many fun outdoor activities to do.  We need to get our fix in the short 6 months we have before we batten down the hatches and hibernate during the Midwest winter.

One of our new favorite places to go is the Red Oak Nature Center and Lippold Park.  It's located on Route 25, just north of Route 56/Butterfield Road, in Batavia (2343 S River St
Batavia, IL 60510).  We love it here!  The Red Oak Nature Center
has a lot of interactive exhibits; a beehive; a bunny; a wildlife viewing window; a reptile room with snakes, turtles, and fish; great trails down to the river and a cave!  The cave is small and not very deep, which makes it perfect for introducing your little ones to caving- if you are in to that sort of thing (we are!). Lippold Park is a giant play area with a rope walk, climbing ropes, climbing logs, a wooden hut, and a wooden walkway that leads through a beautiful little wetland and down to the river. We usually bring a lunch and spend our mornings here then he falls asleep on the car ride home and I get to relax clean for a few hours!

If you are looking for a fun place for kids of all ages, this is a great place to go.  
Admission is free and the Nature Center and the park are open 7 days a week!

Nature Center Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Nature Center

The Beehive!

Using music to learn about animal noises.


The wildlife viewing area.

We haven't exactly figured out how to use binoculars yet.

The cave!

Throwing rocks. 

Trail to and from the nature center and river.


This is a view of the wetland area from the rope walk. 

 This is the rope walk.  Weston was nervous at first, but by the end he kept saying "no Mommy, no" and shooing me away!


Hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather we are having!

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