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If you’re like me, you took advantage of the beautiful Spring weather we had this weekend and spent some time outdoors.  It seems harder to fit that kind of fun into a weekday when you’re not home until 5, but here are 2 quick and easy ideas to get the whole family out of the house on a weeknight! 

Bob Mays Park & The Cedar Creek Trail

Pack a picnic dinner (or grab some Subway) and head to Bob Mays Park!  Bob Mays is located on North 18th near Quintron Way and features 50 acres of grassy area, brand new playground equipment and the Cedar Creek Trail.  The paved 1.5 mile trail is especially versatile, and its many uses were evident this weekend. Kids were riding big-wheels or bikes, people were walking dogs, one man was running laps as part of his training for a marathon, and whole families were skipping rocks by the side of the creek.  The grassy area is great for tossing around a football or a Frisbee, and the trees are far enough apart that the area would be perfect for kite flying.  Park amenities are lovely and clean.  I especially appreciated the well-maintained bathrooms, informative Park District kiosks, solid benches, and readily available doggie waste disposal bags.

Illinois Veteran’s Home & Deer Park

The Deer Park at the Veteran’s home, located on North 12th street just past Locust, has been a favorite destination for my family since we were kids. In addition to deer, there are geese, llama, ducks, swan, peafowl, and bison at the park.  The best way to experience the park is to grab a loaf of stale bread and maybe a bag of carrots and toss bites to the animals as you walk around the outside of the enclosure.    Facilities include covered picnic tables, restrooms, water fountains and a playground.  There are also numerous things to see walking around the Veteran’s Home campus, such as beautiful fountains, the Eternal Flame monument, Tanks and Helicopters and statues.  Be sure to visit the All Wars Museum, and don’t miss the opportunity to talk to your kids about the heroes of past and present wars who fought for our country.  The museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9am to 12pm, and from 1 pm to 4pm.  Sundays from 1pm-4pm.  Guided tours are available for individuals, classes or groups and can be arranged by calling 222-8641, ext 338.

Original Post March 21, 2011

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