Welcome guest blogger Betsy B. and her two boys, Sean and Matthew! I’m always on the lookout for activities to keep my kids happy during the summer. The library provides so many for me to choose from and makes life for me and my kids easy and so fun! This summer’s lineup did not disappoint. June and July were packed.
We learned about Crankies at the mall. They are moving picture screens used to tell stories, usually with a live musician. The talented Dejah Leger and her father in law put on a great show and explained how we could make our own crankies at home.
Harbor Wildwatch came to Silverdale and showed some animals they found in the Dyes Inlet that morning. They let kids touch some of the creatures (carefully) and explained how we can help keep the water healthy.
The Reptile Man visited again this summer. He puts on a good show and my boys loved being able to pet so many of the animals after his show. He let his big tortoise wander around after the show and we were all surprised at how fast it could get around.
Sean took a fun selfie.
There was one more Minecraft party and the kids were so excited to get to play at the library again. They play several times a week at home, but somehow playing at the library is a huge treat.
One afternoon, a teacher from the Point Defiance Zoo came up to teach us how to be heroes to animals. She talked about a few different animals that had incredible features. She brought some animals bones (some real and some casts) and pelts for us to see which was really cool.
The Museum of Flight put on a Flying Gizmos show. That was really neat. A few kids got to try out different remote controlled flying toys. We learned about early methods of flight (for example, the first hot air balloons carried a rooster, duck, and sheep into the air first to make sure it was safe for humans).
My kids love science museums. The Pacific Science Center brought a traveling exhibit to the mall and it was really fun for them to play with all the interactive items there.
We went on vacation, so we missed some of the other activities, but while we were driving around the States, Sean finished his 100 hours of reading. He was very excited to get a shirt when we got home.
Thanks for another summer of fun, KRL!
This post is part of our Summer Learning Inspiration series. Folks in our community have agreed to share inspiration and talk about some of the amazing things that they’ve been #LibraryInspired to learn!