It isn’t always easy to make family time when my kids have busier social lives than their parents. One of the tricks to having family adventures as the kids get older seems to be creative…and be flexible!
A family funeral meant that we would need to be in Pittsburgh on a Saturday in April. We decided to take the long way around to find something new to visit. After looking at a map and exploring possibilities, we decided on a stop at Fallingwater.
Ryan told his history teacher that he was going to miss a day of school. She asked where he was going and he mentioned Fallingwater. She told him that they would be learning about Frank Lloyd Wright in a couple of weeks so he should take a few pictures for her.
After driving for 5 hours (according to GPS lady) we were only 4 miles away. The kids were getting anxious but then we saw something that made us stop. A little park in the town of Ohiopyle with a gorgeous river running through it.
Time to move on down the road to Fallingwater. There are a couple of ticket options. Grounds passes for $8/person or house tours for $25/each. Since we are a family of 5 who travels on a budget, we opted for the self-guided grounds pass.
We had access to all around the house and even on one of the terraces. We weren’t able to go into the house or guest house. While walking past the guest house we met a lady who was a theater hostess. She was kind enough to spend time telling us about the house and Frank Lloyd Wright. When Ryan mentioned about bringing things back for his teacher, she brought Ryan some amazing things and made him promise to get an A and send her a note about it.
My kids’ mouths literally dropped open. I can’t tell you what a great feeling it is to see discovery in a teenagers eyes. So much time is spent learning in classrooms and on-line but to see it first-hand makes an impact beyond measure.
Look for little opportunities to experience things and life first-hand. A simple picnic connecting with friends and family trumps the latest on-line game every time.