- Whimsical and kid-friendly exhibits. While at Cheekwood, the girls were able to explore sculptor Patrick Dougherty’s playful installation of stick houses, play in a state-of-the-art tree house and watch as Thomas the Train huffed by on an elaborate outdoor miniature railway. Oh, and did I mention that there was also an exhibit of scarecrows made by different school classes and community groups? No less than three of the scarecrows were made to look like Olaf, the adorable snowman from the movie Frozen, so of course this was an immediate hit with the kids!
- No ‘Keep Off the Grass’ signs. Kids love to run around and the grounds at Cheekwood were an open invitation to do exactly that. Aside from a few fences around certain exhibits, there wasn’t much that restricted the kids’ movements. Hidden pathways and different nooks and crannies that were asking to get explored added to the excitement. The kids were even able to climb some rather large rocks, which was refreshing and a little bit unexpected considering the litigation-prone culture of the US.
- Water. If all else fails, just add water. And at Cheekwood there’s a lot of it, in the form of ponds, creeks, waterfalls and fountains. Better yet, the kids can actually splash it, put their feet in it and jump over it.
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