Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Little Field Trip!

I spent the day with the three oldest grandsons Tuesday. I thought it would be a good day for a little field trip. (Picture heavy post) We started out at the Kalona Cheese Factory where we bought some cheese curds.

The boys enjoyed watching them work through the windows. We bought some cheese curds, and they were quite "squeaky"! (if you aren't familiar with cheese curds, you WANT them to be squeaky when you chew them)

Our next stop was Godfather's Pizza where we has their lunch buffet. It was a great choice!

Really! Do you know how much these three can eat??? We did this first so we wouldn't get hungry during the next part of the trip. I wasn't born yesterday you know!

Then we went to downtown Iowa City where we parked in the Old Capital Mall parking ramp. When you take the "country boys" to town even the parking ramp amazed them! LOL. We headed for McBride Hall on the University campus.

McBride Hall contains the three places we visited. First we visited Iowa Hall. Iowa Hall is a trip through the development of Iowa including it's landforms, animals, and vegetation. The highlight was the Giant Sloth.

Nate would NOT go into the room alone! They enjoyed the video which showed the sloth bones being excavated at a farm in Iowa. They also enjoyed the information about the Native American tribes and how they lived.

I really need to watch the movie, Ice Age. The boys kept referring to it and made the connections between some of the animals and the movie. The next stop was Bird Hall.

Do you notice the "cool"poses of Payton? That's the way you roll when you're a cool fifth grader! Our last stop was Mammal Hall. The skeletons freaked Nate and Cael out, but they loved the other animals.

They each chose their favorite mammal-
Nate chose the flying squirrel. Just in case you can't tell, these are displays of stuffed mammals.

Here is Payton's choice. (Seriously, I can't remember the name of this animal!)

Cael was upset that they didn't have a cheetah, so this would be his second choice. He wanted me to make sure I got the ENTIRE scene in the picture.

As we went back through the Old capital Center Nate was dying to go on the escalator.

Once he got on he was too scared to turn around so I could take his picture!
Then we headed for the mall so the two little ones could play at the play place, and Payton played games on the iPad.

We ended our evening with an impromptu BBQ at our house with the boys(minus Payton who had been delivered to 4-H Camp), Trilby, Tasha, Kyle, Clara, & Aela.

It was a great day! Nate asked me, "Nana, when will you take us to more museums?" So, I think the boys had a good time too. I know for sure that this Nana was tired!
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1 comment:

Mary and Wilbur Litwiller said...

What fun. Grandma, you are making wonderful memories.