We have a little gem called Lake Farmpark nearby. It is a working farm that is part of the Metro Parks system. They hold fun events and hands-on opportunities for kids and families all year round. But we have never been there. Until tonight.
The "sold out" event ran from 5-9pm and when you buy your ticket you are assigned a time in the toy factory. We decided to drive up there early to do all the other activities before Grace made her toy. This turned out to be a good decision. Even though we arrived a about 5:15 this is how dark it was already.
It wasn't too crowded yet so we walked right in to see Santa and only waited a few minutes to ride the horse-drawn wagon to see all the Christmas lights.
We stopped by the model trains, rode a pony, laughed at the antics of the dogs showing off their agility, and visited the dairy area where 5 different types of cows were eating their dinner.
After some hot chocolate and a snack we got in line for the toy workshop. There had to be 50 different types of wooden objects the kids could assemble. Grace chose a minion from "Despicable Me". Her elf, Jen, helped Grace use a power drill and a hammer to assemble it and then right in the middle of their work, an elf dance party started!
Grace painted her minion and adorned it with a googly eye and LOTS of glitter! She was really proud of it when we got home. I am sad that she wants to give it away to a friend.
Kyle told me that as we were leaving, Grace said, "I wish we were just getting here. I had so much fun I want to do it all again!" Now THAT is cool.