Yes, tripS! We enjoyed the chance to do several cool activities as we wrapped up the school year. Actually, some of these were back in April, lest you think we spent the last month just tripping away. :) I’m finally sitting down, backing up the phone photos and getting more blogging done.
On the first day of April, we ventured to the zoo. Sadly it was super busy and warm (ironic, it seemed like it was cool the rest of the spring) so we didn’t stay too long. We have plans to go back, thanks to a new membership!
A week later, we headed to the Indiana State Museum for a Civil War lesson. We originally went in March but there was a bit of a mix-up and we couldn’t get into the class. Our awesome field trip director set it up for another day, so we went back and got to learn about what life was like for soldiers in that time period. We got to practice marching and pitching a tent, as well as learn a bit more than we wanted to about the job the Doctors had in helping wounded men.
At the end of April the older two and I went to a Discovery Day Performance by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. They enjoyed it, but decided last year was better–when they closed the show playing the Star Wars theme. :) We got there a bit early, they were glad they had brought books to read while waiting.
In May, we went to the Children’s Museum to learn about the Science of Race cars. We had fun trying various tracks/heights to see how that affected the speed. We crashed cars in different ways to see how the force changed. Then we got to build our own car and tried to protect an egg. I was trying to help Marcus and David and didn’t have much time, it was getting frustrating. After lots of different issues, we took someone else’s idea and tried attaching the egg in the protective pod to a matchbox car for Marcus. (You can see the more ‘official’ way, using all the resources we were given, with David’s car below.)
Finally we wrapped up the year with a trip to Conner Prairie, a ‘living history’ museum. We got to go on a BEAUTIFUL day and were able to see how Indiana was during the early 1800s–the boys interacted with several men dressed as an Indian and a Fur Trader and learned about their lives. We stopped at the Petting Zoo in a barn and they enjoyed seeing sheep, a calf and some other animals (but that was a busy place!) Then we went over to Prairie Town, set in the 1860s. They enjoyed the blacksmith demonstration. We then saw a covered wagon–we all found it interesting how they were more narrow but longer than we expected. I caught a picture of Alex sweeping with a broom at the General store (such a rare occurrence to see him WANTING to sweep, I had to document it!)
After lunch we went over to the Civil War Exhibit. It focused on the ONE part Indiana had in the Civil War–when General John Morgan decided to lead a raid through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in 1863. Once again the kids had fun learning to march–they even marched over to a large field and got to charge.
It was a great fun way to cap off an interesting year of Early American History, and to celebrate the completion of the school year.