A pile of leaves. That’s what Finley enjoyed most at Hartley Nature Center’s Hall-O-Ween event. Sugar, or the lack of (sort of), was a major draw for me as a parent.
Scavenger Hunt Fun
Rather than collecting candy at the various activity stations, kids collect stamps on a scavenger hunt card, and then at the end receive a small party bag with little trinkets and a few pieces of candy.
After receiving her card, Finley and I walked the marked trail to meet different critters that taught us about, well, themselves.
We got waylaid at the playscape and a leaf pile where Finley tried to “dive” into the leaves using a swimmer’s dive from a log.
Then, in the yurt, she participated in a cakewalk with upbeat music. Alas, the winner received a small piece of a candy.
We then headed into the Nature Center for crafts with Mary Poppins.
At the very end, the kids were offered a small snack cup with a few more opportunities for sugar along with pretzels.
While I’d love an event this time of year that didn’t offer any more sugar, artificial dyes, and plastic trinkets, Hartley’s event does offer an opportunity to be outdoors, active, learn about animals, connect with nature, and dress up.
And a simple leaf pile made for the most fun.
For more info on this event, which is geared to children birth to 8 years old, check out Hartley’s website.
Have you attended Hartley’s Hall-O-Ween event? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!