Z for Zoo Camp!
Drum roll please….Here it is! The last post from the month-long Blogging A to Z Challenge. And I made it! Tomorrow, a celebratory drink, tonight, one last post to write.
For April vacation this year I did something that I have never done before. I sent the 4 oldest kids to camp for the week. It was hard to think of a camp that would be fun for all of them, until a friend recommended the zoo camp at Forest Park Zoo in Springfield, MA.
The zoo in Forest Park is a small zoo. There are no elephants or large cats. But what they lack in size, they more than make up for in enthusiasm.
Each day my kids were met with very enthusiastic counselors that had a day of games, activities, crafts and education planned. They learned about and held different animals every day. For about an hour after they came home, my kids talked about nothing else. This is a true testament to the camp. Getting my kids to tell me about their days is always difficult! Favorite activities that I heard a lot about were: turtle races, tarantulas, pond dipping (they were all given nets and allowed to catch things in the pond), learning about armadillos and the firefly craft.
After their week was over, I asked if they wanted to go to the zoo on Saturday to show Number 5 the animals. I expected at least a couple of the kids to groan and complain that they had been there all week. Instead my question was met with excitement from everyone.
They all want to go back to camp again. And Number 1, who will be 12 this summer, wants to continue going every year and become a counselor in training when he is 14.
I have to admit, Spouse and I were pretty jealous. One day we both looked at each other and said we wanted to go to zoo camp too!