||Most people already have a great many more resources than they realize. Take your
phone directory: an average phone book might have 30 or more pages of local resource
listings in the front. It might include a local map with parks marked in green; a calendar
of events; a directory describing museums in the area; maps of theater and stadium
seating; a directory of neighborhood parks and their features; and a directory of regional
parks with details about their features. The Yellow Pages make another good source for
resources. For example, if you look up Tourist and Sightseeing Information &
Attractions, you’ll find that even non-profit groups have listed themselves as
sources of information.
A visit to your local Chamber of Commerce and/or Tourist Information Center
will help you discover how much there is to see and do in your own neighborhood.
You may also find interesting ideas buried away in commercial tourist
brochures, and travel books at libraries and bookstores. In our directory
here, you will find links to City and County websites that tell you
all about their areas.
You might not have a fabulous nature preserve nearby, or a factory that makes teddy bears,
but think about simple kinds of things a child might find fascinating. The fire department
is a popular onefriendly firefighters showing their bright, shiny equipment. Might
your local supermarket’s manager arrange a tour of the store? Kids love to see the
warehouse, the loading dock and conveyor belts. Maybe there’s a box crusher, or even
a one-way mirror for observing the store from the upstairs officeand what fun to
peek out from behind the milk cartons in the cooler (Moooo!).
|How about a bakery? An early morning trip to a bakery can be special fun with the
treat of bread hot out of the oven. Perhaps you will find a friendly pizza parlor that
lets kids make their own pizzas. How about the post office? Look through the yellow pages
and you might be surprised what you find. What kind of factories are in your town? What
would your kids like to see up close?
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