June has been a very full month for us so far, and last week we crammed in tons of fun activities both during the day and in the evening.
Evening Visit to Deanna Rose Farmstead: On Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer you can visit the farmstead in the evening between 5-8pm (for free just like during the day). Activities like feeding the goats, fishing, and hayrides are not available during these hours, but you can still see all the animals, explore the gardens, and play on the playgrounds. The general store and ice cream parlor were also open. The night we were there the weather was absolutely perfect and I counted fewer than 20 people during the entire time we were there. It was practically empty! Much easier to appreciate the beauty at the farmstead without strollers and screaming children everywhere you turn!
Blueberry Picking at The Berry Patch: This was our second year picking blueberries at The Berry Patch and I was pleasantly surprised by how many more berries ended up in Gretchen’s bucket than her mouth! ;) She was a great helper, picking the blueberries close to the ground that others had missed. The patch is open until 9pm so we decided to go after dinner. There were only a few other families there and the field we were picking in wasn’t as muddy as we feared it might be after all the rain. Lots of bugs but I remembered our bug spray for once. We came home with about 7lbs of blueberries and made a pie and blueberry muffins to celebrate Fathers Day, yum!
Craft and Draft at The K: Our 9th anniversary is next week and we decided to go to a Royals game to celebrate. Hud had talked the new Craft and Draft area up so much we figured we should try it out. We bought tickets with reserved seating and $20 credit towards food/drink for each of us. The seats were comfortable, the view was great
(and covered so no rain on our heads!) and a waitress brought us all the food and drink we could stomach. The menu was gastro pub fare, nothing over $15 and the portions were generous. I had street tacos and Tyler had the pork belly. The Royals won, completing a 4 game sweet of the Brewers!
Oceans of Fun: I believe the last time I visited OOF was the summer after I graduated from high school, so 13 years ago! A few things had changed but many of the same slides and attractions are still there. The park looked bright and clean for such an old water park, which was nice to see. My friend Brie had some free passes so all we had to pay for was parking (which is $15 now! times have changed!) We took our kiddos down to the new Splash Island area, which is basically a huge splash pad with shade. Gretchen was a bigger fan of Coconut Cove, my favorite as a kid. I was surprised to see that there are 4 areas well suited for little kids now. The two I mentioned plus Captain Kidd’s and Crocodile Isle. If we lived closer I might consider a season pass.
Leawood Aquatic Center: One of our summer fun list items was to try a new pool. We typically go to Blackbob Bay since we have a membership for the Olathe pools. Several friends recommended we check out this pool so we decided to go as part of our Fathers Day festivities. This pool has 3 separate areas for small kids, including a splash pad, zero depth pool with lots of floating animals and a whale slide, and another shallow pool with a little slide and fountains. Gretchen said her favorite part was the “rock slide.” We had a great time minus all the mosquito bites! They were feisty today.