Timber Town – A Playground Excursion

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Timber Town is a lovely park located in Chelsea, Michigan. I’ve always been fond of extensive play structures, particularly ones constructed from wood, like Timber Town. While some of the areas were a little old for my toddler, we had fun exploring the structure, which was essentially a maze.

Panoramic view of Timber Town (from near the "Tot Lot").
Panoramic view of Timber Town (from near the “Tot Lot”).

As a parent, I really appreciated the fact there is a main “entrance” to Timber Town playground, and while it’s not fenced in, you do have a hard time getting out. That’s good for corralling toddlers! In addition to the main play structure at Timber Town, there is a pint-sized “Tot Lot” attached to Timber Town. This area is more tailored to younger children, and, as we discovered, was the perfect place to play when the “big kids” descended upon the park for a picnic playdate.

There are several sets of swings, both in the toddler and main play area. There are several picnic tables near the entrance to the Timber Town structure; a larger gazebo/pavilion picnic area sits just next to the playground. Parking is plentiful, and free, of course, as you’ll find with many playgrounds in the area.

Timber Town is open from dawn to dusk, if I remember correctly, and there is no admission fee. One thing to note — you cannot reserve the picnic areas for gatherings or parties, they are first-come-first-serve at Timber Town (and the other parks in Chelsea as well).

A Photo Documentary of Our Excursion to Timber Town

Now it’s finally time to share some pictures of Timber Town with you! I figured a photo documentary style gallery would be the most practical, as there is really a lot to see at Timber Town. You’ll have to visit in person to get the full experience — trust me, your kids will thank you later. (Click on any image below to enter gallery view)

Find Timber Town On the Map

Timber Town is off Sibley road, less than a mile from downtown Chelsea, MI. Just slightly to the east, at the corner of Sibley and Main, you’ll find the smaller Independence Park.


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Do You Have A Favorite Park?

While we visit Mill Creek Park in Dexter more frequently (it has a nice trail), Timber Town really has a fabulous draw for little ones because of the massive play structure. There’s something about being able to “hide” in a playground that thrills kids, I think.

Do you have a go-to park that is your kids’ first choice? Any childhood favorites? I’d love to hear stories or thoughts from you in the comments below!

Four Generation Family Portrait :: Chelsea, Michigan

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This summer, Linda planned a four generation family portrait! We decided to create the family portrait at her mother’s farmhouse near Chelsea. And I think the results are absolutely priceless. We actually created two separate portraits — one with four generations of women (Linda, her mom, one of Linda’s daughters, and her granddaughter), and the other with three generations (Linda, her mom, and Linda’s other daughter).

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Alexa :: Chelsea Senior Portrait

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Alexa goes to Chelsea High School, and is a senior this year! She is a really creative senior, interested in photography, painting, and the arts! So, for Alexa’s senior portrait session, we decided to incorporate some of her artwork into the portraits (see the last outdoor portrait, which showcases a lot of her favorite photographs!). Of course, I told Alexa to bring her cameras with her… so we incorporated those into her senior portraits since she is into photography.

I even had a wave of creative inspiration myself — and Alexa liked my idea too. The resulting portrait is my absolute favorite image from Alexa’s session — it’s the black and white studio portrait with all the photography gear.

Have a wonderful final year, Alexa, and I can’t wait to hear which art school you decide to go to! 🙂

Business Portrait – Realtor Kathy Hay

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Kathy Hay came by the studio the other day to have me create a business portrait for her. Kathy is a realtor with Reinhart, and so for her session she brought as a prop… a yard sign from one of her properties that had just closed (i.e., sold!). I love how this image turned out, it really captures Kathy’s vivacious personality!

Anyone who knows Kathy will tell you, she is a warm and giving person. In addition to promoting Reinhart’s annual coat drive each year, Kathy has been avidly involved in the Adopt-a-Highway program for a number of years. We also created this portrait of Kathy for her to share… I definitely think it captures the essence of Kathy’s personality, don’t you? Friendly, approachable, and always happy to help out.