Whenever I travel with Athena, I always look for a park for her to play or a restaurant with an indoor play place. In El Dorado County, they have an entire old-west style miniature town made just for kids. It should be no surprise that despite the cold, I still made time for a visit with Athena.
Kid’s Town is part of Mill View Ranch in Camino, California. We were recently visiting as part of a Gold Rush road trip and it was the ideal place for Athena to work her legs and her imagination at the same time.
The town has more than a dozen buildings that would make up a normal old-west town including a schoolhouse, a jail, a church, and a hotel. They are just miniature.
We went into the church and Athena asked me to stand behind the pulpit as she took a seat. She told me that my job was to talk to her and then direct her to sing. I played along and did as asked. She sang Christmas songs and asked me to say, “Amen” at the end. I’ve never taken her to a church before so I’m not sure where she got the ideas but I was happy to comply. I’m considering taking her to her first church on Christmas Eve. She already has a beautiful idea of what to expect and I’d like to foster it.
The town also has several climbing structures and play places. Her hands quickly got cold holding onto the swings but she loved climbing on the tires and balancing on the seesaw without holding on.
We made sure to take photos at all of the photo props before hitting the road. Athena loved the adventure and I was given a little more insight into her playful imagination.