I went on the 2nd grade field trip with Rachel today. I don't go on my girls' field trips often (this is the first with Rachel) so Rae was delighted. I was even brave enough, or stupid enough, to ride in the back of the school bus with her.
We drove to the city for our first stop - Krispy Kreme. The red light was on so we watched the doughnut assembly line.
Then we got to taste the doughnuts we'd watch cooking. Fresh, hot Krispy Kremes just melt in your mouth. Yummy!
There were 27 second graders, so we took turns watching the doughnut process. The group that wasn't waiting on doughnuts played with dough, which Rachel liked nearly as much as the doughnut.
We loaded back on to the bus and drove to our second stop, a wild life park. There were all sorts of animals, both wild and domesticated, and the kids could get very close to and even touch many of them.
I loved the lorakeets and their gorgeous colors, but Rachel and her partner weren't too impressed.
There were all sorts of unusual smaller wild cats, including cloud leopards.
They were beautiful and we were surprised and excited when they came right up to the glass and interacted with us!
The kangaroos were fun, too. You could pet them and we discovered that they are surprisingly soft.
This mama was very patient. If you look carefully, you can see her joey's feet poking out of her pouch!
The kids' admission tickets allowed them to hand feed one of several kinds of animals - rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoises, giraffes, or lorakeets. Rachel chose the rabbits. The zoo workers gave her a lettuce leaf pinched in a giant clothespin and she climbed in the rabbit enclosure to feed the bunnies.
She loved the rabbits. We went back to pet them several times and I think she would have happily stayed there for hours.
Rachel and her partner were fascinated by the koi swimming in the wildlife park's artificial "rivers" and ponds. I bought them a handful of fish food and they made it last as long as possible, laughing in delight at the feeding frenzy.
After we'd seen all the animals and eaten our picnic lunches and played on the playground equipment, we headed off to our third destination of the day - bowling. It was Rachel's first time to bowl and she was eager to try it out.
She was impressed with the shoes (They're like tap shoes, Mom!) and quickly picked up the rules and strategies. She decided that of all the things we'd done on this day-long trip, bowling was what she wanted to try again. Soon.
It was a fun day and we came home tired and satisfied. It was good to spend a whole day hanging out with Rae and her friends. It is always fun to watch kids experience something new. And after chasing after Rachel's sometimes challenging classmates, it was a nice reminder for me of what a great kid I have. I really should go on field trips more often.