I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! July is National Ice Cream month and nothing says quintessential summer day quite like a tasty frozen treat. Whether it’s homemade, soft serve, created right before your eyes with liquid nitrogen (Milkster), or a shake topped with an entire slice of cheesecake (OddFodder) it’s the anticipation and excitement of knowing that you’re on your way to make your tastebuds sing that really adds to the experience. Don’t know where to go? Here’s a guide of some of the best spots to grab a scoop in Toledo and the surrounding area, so what are you waiting for, grab the kids and go! But lookout for the brain freeze!Read more
One of our local Metroparks held its annual Ice Cream Social yesterday. The kiddos were so excited all day, eagerly waiting for 6pm to roll around. I on the other hand was trying my best to come up with a backup plan. See, the weather was definitely not cooperating. It either rained or threatened rain for most of the day. Thankfully when 6pm rolled around it wasn’t raining. So we grabbed our bat & ball, trucks, blanket, and bubbles, and headed to the park!
Once there we found out that the park had a backup plan in case it started to pour down rain. The ice cream, cupcakes, and refreshments were all indoors along with the band.
We laid our claim to a piece of land out in front of the Manor House with our blanket and then headed inside for ice cream. Our two older kiddos, our soon-to-be first grader & preschooler counted out their $ .50 for their tickets and made their exchange. $.50, you can’t beat that, talk about a deal!
Then it was decision-making time: chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry……dish or cone…..chocolate chips on top? Decisions….. decisions? Thankfully we by-passed the cupcake room all together because those adorable little cupcakes were way to tempting!
We then sat inside for a minute to listen to the band but the kiddos got a little restless and wanted to play with their friends outside. So we went back to that piece of land we had claimed and the kiddos got a chance to play with their playgroup friends.
After chasing bubbles, playing with trucks, and running around having a grand old-time the girls wanted to take a walk in the garden. The boys wanted nothing to do with the garden until they heard that there might be snakes. So we all took a short stroll over to the garden and toured down the winding brick and grass laid paths. It was gorgeous but being with toddlers makes you view everything in warp speed. So while I couldn’t describe the precise flowers or plants we viewed I do know the height, colors, blooms, pruning, etc. all provided a gorgeous foliage composition.
As we left the garden we came across a tree that had many initials and sayings carved into it, like a tall piece of history that could tell many stories of loves past, present, and future. Our daughter dubbed it the learning tree because it had so many letters, numbers, and shapes (mostly hearts) carved into it. It was so beautiful. Then, as luck would have it, we did indeed see a snake. The boys about lost their minds!
We had such a wonderful time and yes: You scream, I scream, we all screamed for ice cream!! Until next year, thank you Wildwood Volunteers for putting on another fabulous Ice Cream Social!