Posted by :Megan NoelPosted date : April 23, 2015In
We have always loved Holliday Park; between the great playgrounds, hiking trails, open spaces, and free nature center it’s been our go-to park for years. Last fall I was distraught when the exhibit space closed for renovation – what were we going to do all winter?! But alas! It’s reopened and more wonderful than ever!
The new Habitat Hall truly showcases Indiana forest and wetland habitats for children of all ages. My youngest son was immediately drawn to some of the animal cases that were down low on his level for even better viewing.
From there it was all about the White River water table experience, where he experimented with floating leaves. We returned back to this feature several times!
There are so many elements to Habitat Hall we had no problem spending an hour and a half in the relatively small space. Children can play instruments resembling different animal sounds, feel animal pelts, make animal tracks, crawl through a log, here the sounds of the wetlands, dress up as an insect, mammal, or reptile, read a book, do a puzzle…and the list goes on and on. There are truly so many different ways to enjoy this space.
The floor to ceiling windows in the corner of the exhibit reminds children that they are surrounded by nature.Conveniently located right outside the windows are the birdbaths and bird feeders. There are plenty of forest creatures to be observed and my son kept checking out the wildlife from different angles. If you ascend the stairs children can experience the forest canopy, dress as a bee, do your best bee dance, and practice pollinating flowers!
The best part of the new Habitat Hall is that it compliments the other rich offerings of a great park. Spend the day at Holliday Park – hit the playgrounds, walk the trails, eat a picnic lunch, but be sure to visit Habitat Hall!
Habitat Hall at Holliday Park 6363 Spring Mill Rd - Indianapolis Details
Megan Noel, veteran educator with 10 years of teaching experience and a PhD in Early Childhood Education, enjoys researching childhood through the eyes of her two young children, while writing about her family’s adventures on IndywithKids.com. She welcomes questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter - @EtDrnkandBMegan and learn more about me professionally here: www.linkedin.com/pub/megan-noel/61/b18/a20/