We decided to head to the “big city” of Wausau, Wisconsin to check out the annual Chalk Festival and some other local kid friendly attractions. Our mission for  the day was Chalk Fest, a story walk at the Monk Botanical Gardens, with a grand finale stop at the Marathon Park Splash Pad and train. The verdict: fun, funner, and funnest!


It was cool to see the chalk artists in various stages of their creations. The Wausau square was packed and the kids were hungry so we didn’t stay long. We took a quick walk around and headed to the Monk Botanical gardens where they had more room to run and roam.


The gardens are relatively new, but developing nicely. The kids especially liked the tree houses and the pizza garden. There were stories posted as we walked along various trails with an activity at the end of each book. We read Curious George and the Pizza Party as we wove through their raised bed vegetable garden. The book ended with a stop at the giant new gazebo for fresh pizza made in the wood-fired brick oven.  Yum!




If you ask Ardea and Leo, the best part of the day was still the Splash Park and Train at Marathon Park. What a great place! Admission is just 50 cents per person and the kids would have been happy to stay there forever.  The train ride was an extra $1 per person, but definitely worth a ride to satisfy my little trainiac. The best part is grown ups are allowed to play as long as you’re accompanied by a child under the age of 10!