Please excuse the lack of posts lately. We’ve been on vacation. And having said that, I’ll post some pictures of our trip (or at least one. My camera battery died halfway through our vacation so most of the pictures are elsewhere.). We didn’t stay around here. We drove to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, then up to Zion National Park and back down through Las Vegas. Soon, when I get the pictures from The Hubby’s phone, I’ll show you exactly what I did and prove to you that I really did climb to the top of a really, really big rock. (And I was kind of freaked out as I looked down thousands of feet on either side of me.)
Grandpa and the kids on the edge of the Grand Canyon
I asked my kids where they wanted to go on Wednesday. They decided on The New Children’s Museum downtown. We love it there. We dropped The Hubby off at work and got there before opening time so we played for a bit in the park across the street. When it was finally 10:00, we walked to the front door and noticed that they are CLOSED every Wednesday! It was a bummer, but since we were already downtown, we turned it into a zoo day. Luckily the friends we were going with also have zoo passes. This time I got some better pictures of the baby giraffe, but the baby hippo was nowhere to be found.
My kids LOVE this helicopter, especially The Boy (found by the polar bears).
We ended up making an appearance at the Cuyamaca College Spring Garden Festival on Saturday. It was a fun event! There was an area set up on the lawn for vendors. My favorite tent was the SD Creative Weavers Guild.
They had bags full of llama hair that they were spinning into yarn. Then others were using that yarn to make a sweater. The goal was to have the hair turned into a sweater by the end of the event. I never went back to check if they finished, but it was quite interesting. From there we went across to the Water Conservation Garden.
It is a fun little botanical garden with a lot of good information on (obviously) using water conscious vegetation, among other things. My kids were fascinated with this miniature house that gave information about creating a fire buffer zone.
If you look in the mailbox, you can take a flyer home with you. The conservation garden and the nursery were also holding plant sales and had all sorts of plants. The Girl learned about the life cycle of a butterfly.
There was plenty of fun for the kids, including coloring and face painting. They both came home with plants of their own that they planted at the nursery. There was lots of food and even some entertainment. Our last stop of the afternoon was the Heritage of the Americas Museum, which is right outside the Water Conservation Garden, but the museum deserves a post of it’s own.
I have weekend updates soon, but right now I wanted to let you (who are teachers) know that you can get a FREE Fun Card to Sea World just by being a teacher! I just printed one off for my husband. The Fun Card gives you admission to the park for the rest of 2011. What a deal! Go here to get it.
Every year Cuyamaca College’s Water Conservation Garden puts on a free festival. I have heard that it is really great, one of the best garden festivals around. It’s a wonder I’ve never been! This year’s festival takes place tomorrow. For more info, go here.
It’s springtime at the zoo, as is evidenced by the many baby animals. Today was The Boy’s 2nd birthday so I spent the morning at the zoo with him (and a friend). He loves it there and we go often. I love that we have passes so we can spend the morning there and not worry about seeing everything because we’ll be back in a week or two. We were there a couple of weeks ago, hoping to see a baby giraffe, but the mother was still pregnant (2 weeks overdue). We were lucky enough to see that baby today.
We also saw the baby hippo (which was born in January) and a number of baby monkeys and ducklings. The hippos were the highlight of my day. It looked like the mother was teaching the baby how to walk around in the water. She kept pushing him around in circles.
We also stopped at some exhibits that we haven’t noticed before, like the turtles. The Boy was really excited about them. I think they were his favorite animal today.
When we left, we took a quick detour and rode the Balboa Park Train. That was a new experience for the both of us and was quite exciting for a two-year-old. It’s a small train and the price is $2 per person. The ride takes about 5 minutes and is quite cute. I can’t say we’ll do it all the time, but it might be worth a ride again sometime in the future.
Hopefully we’ll be back with a bunch of different adventures next week, as it’s spring break and there are plenty of things my kids want to do.
The Flower Fields are now open in Carlsbad! I’ve never been there. Okay, I’ve seen them, but we’ve never stopped. Hopefully we’ll make it this weekend and can report on our adventure. I’ve heard they’re amazing. If you want to go, don’t forget to print off this BOGO coupon here.
Here’s a description of what The Flower Fields are (from their website):
For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields® at Carlsbad Ranch, in Carlsbad, California, are in a full bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, is also one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.