I learned so much on this field trip. So much that I decided to make a list, so you could learn too.
1) Check museum hours before planning a field trip. They may be closed on the day you planned to drive 3 hours to get there. Have a back up, just in case.
2) If driving 3 hours to get to said destination, feed the children in the car. Otherwise they will want to eat as soon as you get there, wasting an hour of your visit time.
3) Have migraine medication with you at all times. (My poor friend got one right before our OmniMax movie… torture…)
4) Check museum hours of back up. They may close a mere 4 hours after your arrival. If you spend 1 hour eating lunch, 1 hour watching an OmniMax movie and 20 more minutes eating snack… It doesn’t leave much time for, you know, field tripping. 😉
Ha. We did learn really cool actual information too. We learned all about monarch butterflies and their annual 3-generation cycle and migration. We got to see a real life palentologist working on a real life dinosaur fossil. He gave Molly a good piece of advice: get a trust fund. 😉 We learned that they use a solution comparable to super glue mixed with water to stabalize weakened fossils. They had fun exploring and learning, but I really, really wish we had more time! I was also bummed that our first choice museum was closed. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make the trip again, very soon, so we can see that one, too.
This trip also inspired me to order some new “fun” for our classroom, especially more logic/puzzle based activities for my Lucy girl. That girl could play Tangrams all day! I’m also on the look out for Tetrominos. Its like real-life tetris. Hit me up if you’ve seen them anywhere… The ones the museum had were little foam magnetic pieces.
All in all a fun day, and lots of lessons learned!