Day Trip 3: Toddler Trip (and Pre-K and other young children)
This trip is designed for Wednesday morning. Advance preparation is needed. Please pick up a loaf of cheap white bread earlier this week, so you’ll have it ready for today.
Stop 1: Breakfast at home
7:30 – 8:00 – Young children are usually up bright and early, so get the day off to a good start with a healthy breakfast at home. As you pack up to leave for the day, remember to bring along the loaf of bread, and either a picnic lunch or money for lunch later.
(travel time to next stop is about 15-20 minutes from most places in Nacogdoches)
8:30 ish – Arrive at the SFA Ag Pond, usually called The Duck Pond
Stop 2: 8:30 – 9:30 Visit the SFA Duck Pond (see photo here)
These ducks are quite friendly and are accustomed to people tossing small bits of bread to them for a snack. Young children usually love this and can spend a long time on this project. If it is their first time to feed the ducks, you’ll need to show them how to break off small pieces of bread from a slice, or else they will probably just toss the whole slice in at once and then be frustrated when they run out of bread quickly. When the bread is gone, you can walk together on the gravel path that goes all the way around the pond and watch the large fountain at the other end of the pond for awhile.
(travel time to next stop – about 15 minutes to the Library)
Stop 3: 9:45 Nacogdoches Public Library (1112 North Street) (website here)
9:45 – 10:00 Restroom break and washing hands (after the pond)
10:00 – 11:00 – Story time in the children’s area (call 936-569-2970 to confirm)
Attend Story Time, which usually includes several story books, a craft, a movie, and a small snack (animal crackers, usually). Then, check out books, if desired. Your young child can get his or her Very Own Library Card just as soon as they can legibly write their own name on the form.
(travel time to next stop, about 15 minutes to Chik-Fil-A or Maroney Park)
Stop 4: 11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
If the day is hot, have lunch at Chik-Fil-A (2804 North Street). They have an indoor playground that is sized perfectly for younger children. (website here)
Or . . . . . .
11:30 – 12:30 If the day is cooler, then take your own picnic lunch to Maroney Park, (2110 Maroney Drive), the best outdoor park in town for younger children. (photo of park here) Please be aware that although some websites still list a pool at Maroney Park, that pool has been completely removed.
Stop 5: 12:30 – 1:00 Return home
After lunch and play time – clean up and return home for a nap!
Click here to see a list of other Nacogdoches Day Trip ideas.