Friday, June 23, 2017

Courthouse and State Capitol Field Trip

This summer I kind of tricked the kids into having a "school day." Of course, they had a great day and didn't moan about any of it until we were in the car on the way home and I informed them that what we did constituted as "school" for the day.  Then the playful whines and declarations of "I hate school!  You tricked us!" started.  Bwahaha!  Learning (and school) can be fun, kids!

We started the morning with a trip to the city to visit the courthouse.  An older couple we're good friends with own the cafeteria inside the courthouse.  The kids beg me to take them to visit all the time.  They love to run around the outside of the building, climb up and down the stairs, look out the 6th floor windows at the tops of nearby buildings in various shapes, peek in courtrooms to see if they can find a judge, drink from the gold-colored drinking fountains, and of course eat in Chuck and Mary Beth's cafeteria and say "hi" to them and his seeing-eye dog.

So random.  But they are fascinated!

After that we drove a couple blocks over and visited the State Capitol.  Primus is going into 6th grade and Secundus is going into 4th grade.  I always meant to make a trip to the capital when Primus was studying California history, but it just never happened.  This was a great trip.  We all had a lot of fun.  And while the tour was long and a little boring for children, I think the girls learned a lot and the boys survived without being too distracting to the other people in the group.  I came home with lots of brochures full of info to supplement Secundus' CA history study this fall.

Secundus snapped this picture of the bear statue that sits in front of the Governor's office.  Apparently his nickname is "Bacteria Bear" because everyone who visits the capital touches it.

Summer is a great time for sneaky field trips!

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