Yep you read it right. The dump. With Daddy’s work we have been here many a time. The dog especially loves it since often the guys in the weigh station hand him a cookie! Once in while if he needs to dump garbage and we are headed out somewhere we all tag along. It’s actually a fun place for the kids. I will warn you though you will likely want to head with someone who has a truck since it can be mucky on the best of days.
Landfills are a great way to talk to kids about the items that we throw away. There’s a section for appliances and metal but if you are headed to the main area you will see lots of different items. I always find it a bit sad to see all the items that would be perfect for families in need. Kids can not get out of the vehicle for their own safety but you can play a game of i spy from the comfort of the vehicle. The kids also love the big rollers that crush the garbage and the big garbage trucks and trailers with hydraulic lifts. It’s also a great place to see birds. The number of gulls is quite astounding and though again I find it sad that they feed on garbage, the kids and dog get a kick out of watching them fight over it. If you happen to go often it is also neat to watch garbage areas get moved around and hills of grass forming over time. You can point out the different drop locations too for appliances, bikes etc and tires. If your kids are old enough to understand and not be upset you can even point out where the animal disposal is (we avoid this area of conversation so far). The dump is always a busy place and for boys there are many trucks to see as well as a weigh scale you drive on that adds to the entertainment.
So next time you have garbage pilling up in the house that you need to purge consider taking the kids along with you to the dump. They will likely not see garbage the same again! And before you head out read up on some city stats/info to arm you with answers to the questions kids might ask!
Danielle is mom to a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs over at fourdayshome.