Recently, we’ve had lots of fun activities that I want to share. These are the kinds of events that about making memories as well as learning.
We had an opportunity to learn how maple syrup is made. Using the educational offerings at local parks is a great way to have field trips. A local homeschool group organized this one for us.
(Years ago, we were going to go on this field trip when a child got injured on the way out the door. Instead of the field trip that time, we had a trip to the doctor’s. Our first attempt this year was snowed out, but we still managed to make the trip the next week.)
Ruth and Elijah both got to experience what it must have been like for children carrying sap through the woods.
Isaiah and Ruthie also got to try their hand at tapping a tree by drilling into it.
Our public library had someone from the Philadelphia Zoo sharing live animals with us. Since I have an animal-loving boy, we try to make any of these kinds of talks we can find. Isaiah even got to flap a condor feather and heard the noise it makes. I loved the armadillo. They also had a skink from South America, an owl, and a snake. The kids got to touch tiger fur and snake skin at the end as well.
Our town’s local museum (which has some great history in it) often has “guest” displays. One time, there was a big Star Wars collection. This last month, there was an entire room of instruments that you were allowed to play. The instruments using your mouth were just for viewing, but there were tons of drums, cymbals, bells, and unusual instruments to try. We loved the hammer dulcimer and the accordion.
My children LOVE the tradition of going to Rita’s for free Italian ice on the first day of spring. This year, we actually had quite a snowstorm for the first day of spring. I don’t think we’ll forget this trip to Rita’s. We loved getting to meet up with two other families for our crazy time. Schools actually let out early because of the snow, so there was a line for Rita’s in the snow.
In the midst of the busyness of getting ready for Memory Masters, finishing the last Essentials project, and lots of other schooling, I’m thankful that we had time to make a few memories as well.
What fun activities have you done lately?