Saturday afternoon, we took the kids with Kirsten to Oak Park’s local fall festival, Oaktoberfest. My second favorite part was the root beer float — yum. My favorite part — watching Kavi have fun building and racing a zucchini car. 🙂 She came in second, and was very proud.

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We’ve always gone to the Garfield Park Conservatory (free to the public) in winter, so I hadn’t realized that they had several outdoor areas that then connect to Central Park. It’s huge. This Saturday, they had haystacks set up for a timed obstacle course (my kids are not fast, but had fun), and there’s a great outdoor playground they really enjoyed, while I grabbed ideas for my own garden from their outdoor plantings and urban vegetable garden. I want pole beans next year — edible and pretty.

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