Mom Report: A Trip to Pyramid Hill

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Looking for a fun and educational outing with the kids? Head to Pyramid Sculpture Park and Museum.

I’ve been to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum’s stunning Holiday Lights on the Hill, but this was the first time I explored the park in natural light. My kids were twiddling their fingers, ready to see what this new “park” was that we were driving to.

This 300+ acre park is home to over 100 unique art sculptures. Being able to have an up-close and personal view of outdoor artwork is just one detail that makes it so exciting as the park is always bringing in new art and activities to keep it interesting, too!

If you’re thinking – how on earth can you see all the sculptures amongst the countless acres of rolling hills? You have the option to rent out what they call an Art Cart, or golf cart, where you can explore deeper – there are designated trails for Art Carts only! Although walking and driving is just as enjoyable, it all depends on what adventure you plan on getting into. If walking is on your agenda, be sure to bring plenty of water and plan your trip accordingly. Note: their are numerous hiking trails, plus, paved Gallery-Loop Roads with parking lots throughout the park. Be sure to grab a map and some refreshments at the Visitor’s Center (also where you rent the Art Carts) – it’s well worth it! For me, I had little legs to take along with me, and no way they would last that long walking in the summer heat. Note: Art Carts are rented on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to visit during non-peak hours of the day if you’re planning on grabbing one. Luckily we came two hours before they closed, so there were plenty available. 

After we had our picnic lunch under the pavilion, the kids took a restroom break (behind the pavilion is the only spot where restrooms are available right now due to COVID-19) and off we went. 

To make our venture even more exciting, there is a fun scavenger hunt at the Visitor Center’s front desk and of course, a cute prize at the end! The kids were both eager to complete the hunt. 

We happily zipped along the trails, motivated to find the “sculpture that resembles the bird” or the “umbrella sculpture.” The scavenger hunt is a great way to get the kids moving and thinking – my oldest asked me numerous times to stop the cart so they can run up to the sculptures and jot down the name. Needless to say, there was never a dull moment and we were fully engaged! “That was so fun!” said my 8-year-old, Will, as the kids collected their prizes and we headed home for the day. 

Pyramid Hill currently has two temporary exhibits, “Auspicious Behavior” by Chakaia Booker and “BORDERS” by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. 

Also keep in mind their current health and safety guidelines when you come to visit:

  • Restrooms located at the Pavilion are OPEN
  • All park water fountains are shut OFF

  • Everyone must keep to the social distancing guidelines, keeping 6 feet apart 

  • No gathering with groups of 10 or more inside the park

  • No touching, climbing or sitting on any of the sculptures

 

Pyramid Hill now has extended hours, open Sunday – Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Thursday – Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Also beginning August 2, you can enjoy the The Ancient Sculpture Museum Sundays and Mondays from 12 – 4 p.m.! 

This breathtaking sculpture park is located at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Oh. Learn more and get up-to-date information at pryramidhill.org. 

 

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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