Yesterday around 1:15 in the afternoon Mr. MVP texted me:
Mr. MVP has been sick for about three weeks now and I’ve been trying to get him to go to the doctor, but he didn’t have time. Yesterday he finally had time. He is sick. He has a sinus infection, which requires antibiotics and a no touching policy for 24 to 48 hours. Mr. MVP didn’t make it to work today.
The reason why I’m telling all of you that the sinus plague has hit our house is because I actually had a list of activities lined up for Team VP this weekend that we will now not be participating in. I thought I’d share the adventures and then live vicariously through all of you. All of these activities are in and around the Kalamazoo area and all of them are kid friendly, photographer friendly and some are even dog friendly. If you do actually visit one of these places take pity on poor quarantined Team VP and leave a comment below.
- Leila Arboretum – The Leila Arboretum is an 85 acre park in Battle Creek. Located at 928 West Michigan Avenue this arboretum includes a children’s area, a one mile walking/running trail, community vegetable garden, disc golf course, sculpture garden, and a peace labyrinth. I had no idea this space even existed and it looks amazing. It’s free to the public. They are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Gilmore Car Museum – The Gilmore Car Museum is every little boy’s dream come true. They have everything from motorcycles to Disney movie cars and they are all housed in classic barns. Mr. MVP’s eyes actually started to glow when I mentioned the Gilmore Car Museum. Admission rates are different for kids of all ages, but they are open year round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on the weekend. They are located at 6865 Hickory Road in Hickory Corners.
- Celery Flats Movie Night – I’m not certain how kid friendly this one is because the movie is the Avengers, which quite frankly, I wouldn’t let my young child watch, but hey, to each their own. The Celery Flats is an amazing place to catch an outdoor movie. It’s tonight, August 16, 2013 at 8:30 p.m., only. The address is 7335 Garden Lane in Portage. They are asking for a $2 donation, but that is optional, so technically the movie is free. There are concessions available for purchase.
- Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery – The fish hatchery is a free activity that every person, young or old loathes the sound of, but ends up loving. The place is fascinating. I’ve been there multiple times and it’s just interesting. What I did not realize until recently is that they have geo caches at the Fish Hatchery, so don’t forget to bring your cache! The hatchery is free and is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at 34270 County Road 652 in Mattawan.
- Lakeside Concert – This activity is special to me because it involves a free tour of the Kellogg Manor House, which is where Mr. MVP and I were married. If you have an opportunity to go on the tour, the house is amazing. The concert and picnic are completely kid friendly, but the house tour might not be. The concert features the Cereal City Concert Band and is on the grounds of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. This is Sunday, August 18, 2013, only, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with tours of Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg’s summer home to follow. The Biological Station is located at 3700 East Gull Lake Drive in Hickory Corners.
- Kalamazoo Public Library – I realize the public library might seem like an obvious place to visit, but the Kalamazoo Public Library has an amazing children’s library and young adult’s library that really makes going to the library fun. They have enormous sections full of audio books, movies, DVDs, and books all for younger children and teenagers. KPL also has a great selection of comic books. I love their knitting books and cookbooks. You can reserve books online, have books transferred from one branch to another and renew books painlessly on their website or mobile app. As a bonus, of course, it’s all free of charge. The Kalamazoo Public Library is located downtown at 315 South Rose Street.
- Upjohn Park – If it’s a playground you’re looking for, then look no further than Upjohn Park. Located at the corner of Lake and Walter Streets in Kalamazoo, this park is a kids’ dream come true. Upjohn has miniature diggers, a climbing wall, slides, swings, walkways, balance bars, and everything else in between. There are areas for older kids and younger kids as well as sand and pavement. There isn’t a lot of shade, but there are picnic benches with awnings. The park is open from dawn to dusk and is free.
By next weekend the crud will have cleared away from our house and new activities will make their way into our world, but until then I’ll rely on all of you to go out and enjoy what is left of the summer by doing something different. I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures on Monday!