History Tours and Barn Sales
This week has been a bit less hectic, in terms of doing things we have to do. We still stayed busy, but we were free to move at our own pace. Mostly. I had a project to finish for the school PTO (done!) and the girls had some major room-cleaning to do (mostly done - picking my battles...)
Last Monday, the day after Little Sis's play closed, I decided to switch things up a bit, by taking the girls to a park to do their homework. But not a normal grass and playground park. We headed downtown to see the new ICT Pop-Up Urban Park.
We had to park down the street a bit, so we stopped by the older Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park first. This lovely urban park was built on the site of an old Woolworth's building.
The new Pop-Up Urban Park is a really cool addition to downtown. It was built to replace a big construction site pit. Yup, a big hole. (Cue the Parks & Rec jokes.) The park is temporary. I read that it will last a few years, until the developers are ready to build whatever they're planning for the space. There are strings of lights hanging overhead, art (including three "Keepers on Parade"), cool tables (and yes, the girls did their homework), even a ping-pong table. As of last Monday, the paddles were still there.
Saturday, the old Carnegie Library building celebrated its 100th anniversary. It was the city's main library until the late 1960s, when a new building opened across the street. [Here's a great photo of people lined up to pass books across the street!] It's owned by a bank now, who restored it to use for offices. When I was a kid, it was the home of the Omnisphere, a planetarium.
There was a 1920s-style bookmobile parked out front, and they gave away free Puffin editions of The Wizard of Oz.
And yesterday, we paid a visit to the McCormick School Museum. It's the oldest school building still standing in Wichita, and it now houses a small education museum. The girls got a kick out of the old Apple IIe on display, and the old textbooks. I even found the 1980s textbooks I grew up with! Big Sis rang the bell. Little Sis had her drawing pad.
Believe it or not, they weren't bored by this. They love old buildings and history - for now. Someday I'm sure they will roll their eyes and call me boring, but for now, I'm rolling with it!
Here is a sneak-peek at Little Sis's batch of mini pumpkins. The girls finished their fabulous display last night. When my porch is ready, I'll share the rest!
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