Welcome back! I started recording everything we’ve been doing in Ohio since we arrived the first week of May, and I couldn’t believe all the places we’ve been! If you missed Part 1, you can catch up here. It includes all of our May 2016 adventures. In June, we have done just as much, including things that rank up on the top of our list as favorites!
Our first June outing was to the LM&M Railroad, which is located in Lebanon, OH. We took a train ride, y’all! They do a one hour scenic ride. The kids LOVED it. They also do themed rides throughout the year as well. If you are close to the area and have little ones, they do Thomas the Train, Curious George, North Pole Express, and more! The kids were so giddy when they realized what we were doing. Emily just kept giggling. Tyler had a huge smile on his face the whole time. We loved the open air car!
Our next stop was the Cincinnati Zoo. The kids had been begging us to go for weeks, but we were holding out for a good weather day. 🙂 It was a lot of fun!
The next place on our adventures was the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park and the Wright Cycle Company. This is up there on the top of the list for one of our favorites! We learned so much about the Wright Brothers. The Wright Brothers ran a printing business and a small bicycle shop which gave them the experience and financial resources necessary to begin their experiments into powered human flight. The kids loved the museum. They had done an aviation class during the school year, so they understood a lot of the science behind it all. I loved seeing the old bikes with wooden rims in the little shop. Would you believe the floors are all original in the bicycle shop? So cool! Paul and I were both completely geeked out about this whole place. Fascinating history!
Next on the list of cool things we’ve done, and also one of our favorites was visiting SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park in Dayton. We specifically chose the day we went because they were having a Native American PowWow. This, my friends, was possibly the absolute coolest thing I’ve ever seen. You can read all day long in books about a particular subject or people, but until you’ve seen it up close and personal, it’s hard to completely understand. I had chills on a 95 degree summer day watching this procession. It was incredible and such a neat experience to immerse ourselves into a different culture for the day.
There will be many, many more adventures to come! We have taken some time off from our regular home school lessons for the summer, but we continue to learn so much! I think learning is the most fun when it’s experienced! The kids just keep saying, “We would have never learned this from studying a textbook.”
I can’t wait to see what awesome experiences the rest of the summer will bring! We can always learn something new. I would like to challenge each of you to learn or experience something new this summer! You will not regret it!