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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Overnight Adventure

 Saturday, April 21 was an exciting overnight adventure for the Boy Scouts.  Both of our scouts had enjoyed the Party for the Planet during the day, while the boys got to stay for a boy scout overnight adventure at Rolling Hills.  One of the smartest activities of the evening was outside games (including ones Eric used to play with his youth group.)  Nothing burns energy off boy scouts like running around outside.  :)

The adventure was Australian themed, so the boys got to eat an Australian cake for a snack, paint boomerangs, and watch Kangaroo Jack for their bedtime movie.  One of the kangaroos at the zoo even has a joey in her pocket, but they didn't really see it.

The boys got to explore the zoo in ways we hadn't during the day.  The got to touch some animals during an educational presentation.  They got to ride the tram--we wouldn't let them during the day.  :(  They got to take a night walk around the zoo with only their flashlights.  When asked if he was scared, our son said "No, my legs were tired."  Guess there's not too much to scare you when all the animals are sleeping.  :)

They even got to take a walk through the museum in the dark with only their flashlights.  I asked our son if it was like Night at the Museum, but he said,"No, they didn't have any dinosaurs."  I guess it's not really set up to be too much of an adventure when you're led through the museum by an employee telling you about every exhibit.  Besides, a Night at the Museum adventure with these boy scouts could sure lead to a damaged museum in the morning.  When asked to tell me about his adventure, our son said, "AWESOME!!!"

While the boys had an overnight adventure at the zoo, the girls had an overnight adventure in the hotel.  We had a popcorn party and watched a Disney channel marathon.  Unfortunately, I woke up in the middle of the night with serious tooth pain.  I thought maybe the popcorn party caused the tooth trouble, but now I'm thinking maybe not.  Since my body tends to bruise days after an accident and even took several hours for my broken foot to swell, I can't imagine popcorn I ate that evening would cause excruciating pain by 2am.  I'm guessing some of my daily popcorn from earlier in the week must have been the real culprit.  :)  Anyway, we had a great time on our scout outing too. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Earth Day Celebration at Rolling Hills Zoo


We spent Earth Day weekend at the Party for the Planet at Rolling Hills Zoo and Wildlife Museum.  This was a zoo experience unlike any I've had before.  Not only did we get to see the cool zoo animals, but we got to experience some learning and all for just the price of zoo admission.  We got to hear a few of the keepers with their specific animals.  There were also surprises around the zoo--educational tables set up at various exhibits.  The kiddos got to touch claws from big cats, a lion's mane, and worms when learning about composting.  Good thing they're not easily grossed out!

Orangutan being fed

One of my favorite parts was getting to see a sheep being sheared.  What a great learning experience.  The sheep was so relaxed and we even got to touch the wool.  :)

When you visit the zoo go in the spring.  The animals are more alert.  The weather is not too hot to chase you off.  You can see bees and butterflies on the flowers.  And, if you are really lucky, you can maybe even see a goose sitting on a nest.  (We saw three).  :)  Don't let the cool weather trick you into forgetting your sunscreen.  I got my first sunburn of the season.  OOPS!!!  Good thing the kiddos don't burn as easily.

Rolling Hills Zoo 

It's always fun to search for the animals in their exhibits in the reptile house.  Go on a treasure hunt and see what you can find.  :)

While you are there check out the Museum.  It's definitely worth your time.  

Rolling Hills Wildlife Museum

Our son practiced shooting at all the North America wildlife

Look what's coming to the zoo!!

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