Journal of Be(e)utiful Pla(y)ces

Island Treasures

Emerald Lake State Park East Dorset, Vermont The Bloom: What’s the attraction? Emerald Lake State Park lives up to its name—a beautiful lake reflecting the green hills of Southern Vermont. The park provides a variety of opportunities for camping and day-trips. The Nectar: What’s sweet about this place? What’s not to love about an adorable little lake complete with beach, boat rentals, and an island to explore!? We visited on a sunny Sunday in June. The water was pleasant and shallow near shore, perfect for little kids to jump right in. There were enough families to find friends to splash around with, but I would not have called it a crowd. The Pollen: What observations might pollinate good i

What do hippos and little humans have in common?

Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, Washington Everybody loves the zoo, right! Well, actually, my kids have never been big zoo-goers. I don’t totally understood why, but a visit to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington gave me some insights into what might change our minds. The Bloom: What’s the attraction? Woodland Park Zoo is a lovely city zoo set in Woodland Park. The zoo’s paths snake through trees opening up to animal enclosures and exhibits along the way. It’s a lovely place to explore rain or shine because of the mixture of indoor and outdoor spaces. The Nectar: What’s sweet about this place? What I LOVED about this zoo is that they built in ways for children to play like the animals ne

A Journal of Be(e)utiful Pla(y)ces

Welcome to the Journal of Be(e)utiful Pla(y)ces! What is this journal (ok, blog) all about? The Journal of Be(e)utiful Pla(y)ces is a travel log documenting the fun, family-friendly places that I visit with my kids. But, I have to warn you--I’m someone who makes museum exhibits and park experiences for a living. So, this blog will mostly be a place to capture my reflections as a participant observer simultaneously playing the roles of “mom” and “interpretive professional.” Therefore, my musings aim to inspire myself and my readers to dig into our experiences and think about how they relate to the research on learning, play, and what makes life memorable (or not) along the way. Why would you

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