Top Children Friendly Areas of Interest
- Fort Play Playground – LaPorte, IN
- Lighthouse Landing Playground – Michigan City, IN
- Timbertown Playground – Three Oaks, MI
- Washington Park Zoo – Michigan City, IN
- Potawatomie Zoo – South Bend, IN
- Heston Steam Museum – Heston, IN
- Lakeshore National Park – Beverly Shores, IN
- Warren Dunes State Park – Bridgman, MI
- Harbor Country Local Beach – New Buffalo, MI
- Stone and Fish Lake Public Beaches – LaPorte, IN
- Redamak’s For the Best Burgers in the Midwest and Maybe this Planet!!! – New Buffalo, MI
- Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve – Niles, MI
- The Curious Kid’s Museum – St. Joseph, MI
- Stateline Blueberries – Michigan City, IN
Rainy Day Reading Material
A Short Guide to a Happy Life – By Anna Quindlen (Thanks Peg!)
Trouble Free Travel With Children – By Vicki Lansky
Baby Days (Activities & Crafts) – By Barbara Rowley
Activities Do the Heart and Soul Wonders!!
We Don’t Always Get What We Want…
But We Always Get What We Need
Area Bike Paths
Held every year in & around Harbor Country
Last weekend in September
Contact Three Oaks Spokes Club, Three Oaks, MI
Kal Haven Old Railroad Bed Trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo
(Paved path between Chesterton & Porter) Porter, IN
Beach Activity: Sand Castings
Sand Castings Materials:
- Plaster of Paris
- Plastic Spoon
- Plastic Cup or Bowl for Mixing Materials
- String or Wire – Cut into 2″ Pieces
- Shells and or Small Rocks
Sand castings of hands and feet make for great wall hangings. Here’s how to make them:
- Create a work area either in the sand – clearing the top sand using a pie pan or tray.
The sand needs to be slightly damp (not soaked).
- Lay out the design prior to mixing the plaster. Design should be at least ½” to 1″ deep
for best results. Hands and feet are easy for a toddler or really any age to do.
- Check depth of the design; if it is too thin, the plaster mold will surely crack apart;
if too thick, the plaster won’t dry.
- Follow directions for mixing the plaster. Mix with water in plastic cup/bowl with a
plastic spoon. Mixture should not be too thick, neither too soupy.
- Slowly pour the mixture into the design/mold.
- Allow to dry for a few minutes before inserting the string. If you choose to use wire,
form it into a loop for wall hanging.
- Allow casting to dry thoroughly.
- Check it within 30 minutes before handling.
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