I love those times when something comes up in the news that captures my kids’ attention and it happens to be perfectly timed with an event in the community.
We love visiting Crawford Lake in Campbellville and so when we heard about the story about the enormous Wendat village discovered near Toronto on the CBC today, my kids were quite interested. (You can read about the discovery here.) As luck would have it this weekend is also one of our favourite events at Crawford Lake. The Dig In and Discover Archaeology event happens this Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for a great day of discovery and exploration into the past. There’s a simulated archeology dig with the opportunity to learn about archaeologists and their work. You can also visit the Turtle Clan Longhouse for a demonstration of traditional fire starting techniques and storytelling, and take part in some activities, like guided hikes and discovery hunts, and crafts including making and firing a clay pot to take home.
Our favourite book for younger kids about archeology is called Archaeologists Dig for Clues from the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Series. It’s still in print but not in the library’s collection unfortunately. It’s a perfect accompaniment to Archeology Day at Crawford Lake.
Crawford Lake is located just south of Campbellville on Guelph Line. If you are going for the day, you can pack and lunch and enjoy the lovely picnic areas. The boardwalk around the lake is an easy walk even with a stroller. Stop and see if you can spot the huge moss covered snapping turtles that live in the lake, or if you can find the twisty tree. Admission for adults is $7.50, children 5-14 are $5.25 and children 4 and under are free. There is no charge for parking.