Explore Your Local Playgrounds And State Parks

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feel a part of your community by exploring your local playgrounds and state parks

Even if you are not a outdoor enthusiast I think you are missing out on the beauty of your new town if you don’t take time to explore its State Parks and playgrounds.

God’s creation certainly shines in the beauty of nature around us and nature is protected in its true form in our state parks.

Hiking, biking, swimming, and camping are all great ways to explore state parks. Depending on the nature of the state park of course.

As for playgrounds my favorite way to explore them when my kids were little was to combine friend making with playground exploring. After just one year of living in our new town one of the MOPS groups I joined announced that they would be meeting in parks over the summer. Another bible study I joined decided to extend their group into the summer months by offering pure fellowship times at a different park each week.

What was nice about visiting parks with other moms with little ones was more than one pair of eyeballs helped in keeping the kids corralled and safe. I could take the potty training child to the potty while another mom watched the older ones for a moment.

My kids had time to make friends while I also had time to make friends and we also found some great parks to enjoy that made us all make our new home feel more like home. Now that is a win win.

If your bible study or MOPS doesn’t do this be brave and suggest in your small group that you would love to meet at a certain park at a certain time and day of the week through out the summer. Those that are interested can message you on Facebook. Then start a private group on Facebook just for your park hop group and start mixing up the parks you attend each week. I am guessing at least a few moms will be interested once you share your desire and I also am guessing that the group will grow over the good weather months. So be bold and take the first step towards making close friends for you and your children and exploring your towns parks at the same time: start a park hop group.

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Feeling Part Of The Community Requires Hands On Experiences

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 community requires hands on experience

Beyond history one of the best ways to get to know your new town and feel at home in it is to discover all the things that make it unique.

Almost every town has a Walmart and a McDonald’s but not every town has an ice-cream parlor with over 100 different types of sundae’s and a statue of Garfield outside like a town near us does.

Our town is also the only town I know of that has a locally owned pizzeria that sells a 10 pound pizza piled so high with topping you can barely finish more than one piece.

It is things like these that make smile when I call my town my hometown. I bet your new town has their own unique qualities too.

Search out free events, and festivals to find the local flare. Your communities newspaper is a good place to find out about them as well as bulleten boards in coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores.

Ask others for recommendation of local mom and pop restaurants that serve great food. You also might find a list of locally owned restaurants in those piles of pamphlets I asked you to bring home from your visitor center a earlier.

Go to the towns Christmas parade and fourth of July fireworks display.

Attending these things will make you feel a part of the community and make you appreciate all the things your new town has to offer as well as get you closer to calling it your hometown.

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Make A New Town A Hometown By Getting To Know Its History

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make a new town a hometown by getting to know its history

When you think about it what makes a new friend an old friend is knowing their history. Knowing where they have been and how they got to their current state.

The same is true when it comes to making a new community home. If you know the areas history you are bound to feel more at home.

As adults we can read books on the area or do internet searches. However don’t make it all book work, a great way to learn the history of the area and make a new friend in the process (which also helps you feel more at home) is to ask an older person you meet what was the area like when they were young.

I asked and elderly man sitting on the park bench once “what did this park look like when it began” and he was so happy to share with me all the details. We sat there for at least 20 minutes with him telling me all about the old fountain and even the petting zoo the park use to have as well as what main street use to look like in the glory days and how the run down areas of town use to once be the most  affluential.

I had been hesitant to ask this man about the area at first as it was outside my introvert comfort zone but I was so glad I did. I left the park that day feeling a little more attached to my new community.

Of course don’t keep this history searching to yourself, involve the kids if you have them. Little children tend to be more hands on learners so take them to see the history sites and museums in your area.

Lots of communities host events such as pioneer days and battle reenactments that are fun for the family as well as a learning about their new home opportunity.

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