Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kindergarten Field Trip to the Zoo and Fairytale Town

This past Friday was Tyler's first field trip...and Mommy's too. Well, Tyler and Jenn had gone on a field trip with Busy Bees Preschool, but this was the real deal. Tyler got to ride a bus with his group of friends, siblings could not go along, and Jenn had to be an actual chaperone to other kids. It was the real (stressful) deal...and both of us were excited.
Tyler was VERY excited to find out that his group consisted of himself, Lucas, and his new friend Preston. They were three peas in a pod. We were going to hang out with another group that had Bobby, Gavin, and our neighbor Sophia. Here they are getting ready to get on the BIG school bus.
Tyler, Lucas, and Preston...with Sophia peeking in there
The first half of the field trip consisted of going to the Sacramento Zoo and doing a scavenger hunt to find animals with certain traits. We did that and saw lots and lots of cool animals. We even saw a baby tiger. The kids kept finding all of these picture spots and wanting to be photographed. Here's Spider-Tyler being silly.

Our gang stopped to pose in front of the lion's den. It might be one of the only times they stopped...
Oh wait, here's another time...but it was hard to catch them! These kids were very eager to check out all the animals. They had a map of the zoo and they would open the map, find where we were, and then find where they wanted to go and get us there. Probably got us there even better than Jenn could have!
My little monkeys in front of the monkey! The kids were enthralled with the monkeys. I couldn't really take a picture because the monkeys are behind glass and it wouldn't turn out. The kids thought it was neat that they were swinging all over from ropes and lounging in hammocks. They were also very amused by the pink butts that some of the monkeys had. It brough on a whole new topic of conversation. After reading the sign, quietly, we learned that the pink wasn't so much their butts...but more a female's way of saying she was ready for baby making. Um...we just let the kids keep thinking it was a pink butt. That conversation would have overstepped the bounds of chaperoning...

The otters were pretty neat. We caught them at feeding time.
The second half of the field trip (after some lunch to refuel) we took the kids to Fairytale Town. Wow...that was exhausting. Those kids wanted to run everywhere...and in all different directions. Here we caught three of them in the cheese.

The kings and queen of Mrs. Brawley's kindergarten class!

The field trip was a lot of fun! It was quite an experience to see Tyler with his new friends and for Jenn to meet some new moms. We were exhausted and overwhelmed at times, but also very excited to see our children in this element. Next time, though, we might let some other moms experience the "joy". You know, to teach our children about the art of sharing!

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