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Staycation Itinerary: A day in Montevideo with kids

With the high gas prices, not only is a day in the City of Montevideo a short drive by offers a variety of activities t help kids burn off energy while enjoying the outdoors. The locally owned small businesses not only help save on gas costs not having to travel to metro area for entertainment but offer a more affordable price for recreation and goods.

What to pack: A camera, bathing suits, plenty of water for hydrating, sunscreen, beach towels.

Early Afternoon: Let the children burn off some energy at Freddy’s Food and Fun, located on Wolf Avenue in Montevideo. The venue offers the opportunity to play mini golf in the Medieval Madness Mini Golf Course, drive Go-Karts around a track, and take a break from the heat of refreshments inside the air-conditioned clubhouse. The hours are currently posted on the location’s Facebook page.

Mid-Afternoon: Stop by Art’s Dairy Freeze, which has been serving ice cream and more seasonally since 1948, for a snack. The seasonal ice cream shop offers outdoor seating and serves more than just ice cream. Art’s Dairy Freeze also offers such items as loose meat burgers, hotdogs, chicken strips, popcorn chicken, fries, chili cheese fries, pickle chips, cheese curds, and more.

Take the opportunity to cool off after refueling with a trip to the Municipal Pool. The pool offers a shallow pool for small swimmers, diving boards, and a large slide. Pool hours and weather-related closings are posted on the Facebook page, “Montevideo Outdoor Pool.”

Late Afternoon: Stop down to Lagoon Park for a game of Frisbee Golf, located at 103 Canton Avenue. the park offers plenty of shade, and winds around the river, offering a scenic area for playing a game of frisbee golf. If frisbee golf isn’t your thing, make a stop at Smith Park, located just behind downtown. Smith Park offers a large playground, modeled after a “Mansion of Mysteries,” with equipment to play on for even the smallest of children.

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Reporter & photography by Jessica Stolen-Jacobson