We headed out this morning to the Longaberger Basket Homestead. The Longaberger Company makes handcrafted wood baskets and other home and lifestyle items.
Heading into the Welcome Center.
The Welcome Center was very educational. It showed how the baskets are made as well as displayed various baskets that were made through the years.
Heading over to the main store. Garrett is thrilled to be back outside again.
Once inside, wow!! The interior is just absolutely beautiful.
Garrett found a baby bear with his momma bear. He kept giving it hugs and kisses. My little guy is just so sweet!!
In the main building you can actually learn how to make your own basket. If Garrett was older I would have considered doing this. The baskets are absolutely beautiful, and to say you made your own would have been pretty neat as well.
They had a dedicated room that talked about the history and how the baskets were made. Very interesting, but of course a 2 year old didn't want to stay in that area very long :)
OK how cool, a bell made from the materials to make their baskets.
Garrett and I posing for pictures in their outside basket.
Next stop, posing in front of the Apple Basket.
Just a little ways up the road is corporate headquarters. It takes the shape of the company's Medium Market Basket. It is a 7 story, 180,000 square feet, and the basket handles alone weigh 150 tons.
After we finished up checking out the basket company we headed to Columbus to Easton Mall and their water play area for Garrett. He sure does love the water and really enjoyed playing with the kids. The water squirts up pretty hard and at one point he was standing and it squirted up in his nose giving him a bloody nose. Luckily one of the older kids saw it happen and brought him over to me. He was ok after about 5 minutes and ready to head back in and play again.
Garrett had a blast playing in that water. He really didn't want to come out, but alas it was time to do some shopping and for Tim to show Garrett the mini train that goes around.
What a wonderful day we had, but alas, it is time to head home.