Monday, October 22, 2007

A Halloween Hike

Saturday night, we went to something really neat. A local nature center was holding what they call "Halloween Hikes". It was an educational experience with a Halloween twist.

This big event, aimed at the kids, started off with free arts and crafts, along with games and face painting, while we waited for our tour number to be called. When our tour number was called, we lined up and headed on the trail with our guide.

The tour guide led us to twelve different characters- plants, animals, and more- dressed in costume. At each stop, we learned something new. At one stop, we learned about the life cycle of a frog, at another we learned about the feeding habits of the gray fox. We learned about how oak trees get planted by squirrels, about water conservation, and protecting Mother Earth. Each stop was entertaining, and it taught the kids a lot of new information. The tour ended in a building where there were animals and artifacts on display. The kids enjoyed listening to the ocean in conch shells, looking at the turtles, and even putting together puzzles that showed more information about some of the animals in this world.

We ended the night around a bonfire, where there was live music. As part of the musical entertainment, there was a table set up with instruments for the children to play. Even the baby was able to grab a maraca and play along.

By the time we left, we were all exhausted. The kids fell asleep only a few minutes after leaving the center, and they slept very well that night.

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