by Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian
Every summer, usually at the beginning of July, my family starts talking about where to meet for our next family reunion. I have no idea why we act like it’s up for discussion. We go to the same place each year, a small farm in southeast Kansas. It’s a long drive for everyone, but it’s a firmly rooted tradition for us. And even though everyone complains about the travel time, somehow those complaints quiet down once we all arrive and we get to enj0y one another’s company.
When we hit the road next week, we won’t be the only ones setting out to see family. With blue skies, warm weather, and the free time that summer vacation affords, it is the perfect month to call National Family Reunion month.
Are you still looking for a spot to have your own family reunion? Manhattan is full of fun options, from places to gather to things to do:
- Manhattan City Parks: Did you know that Manhattan has 21 parks that encompass 1,000 acres within the city? Located throughout pretty much every neighborhood in Manhattan, our city parks have everything from picnic shelters to playgrounds to sports facilities. There is even a 5-acre stocked fishing lake! Plan ahead and make reservations by contacting Parks and Recreation.
- If your family needs some time out of the sun, there are lots of fun ways to spend time together. The Sunset Zoo, the City Pool, Flint Hills Discovery Center, and the KSU Insect Zoo are all great activities for even the most extended family. If your family enjoys cultural outings, don’t forget about the Beach Museum of Art, the Manhattan Arts Center, or McCain Auditorium.
- Kansas State Park: If your family loves the natural beauty of the Flint Hills, there are lots of spectacular campsites in the area.
If you’ve got a long road trip ahead of you in the coming weeks, don’t forget to check out our audiobooks. Here is a great list of family-friend books on CD from our BookTALK website. And if your reunion party is looking a little bit small, we’ve got genealogy research resources at hand. Use databases like Ancestry.com and GenealogyConnect to explore your family tree and discover new relatives!