Monday, May 17, 2010

Shark Team Beach Field Trip

As the school year gets closer to ending, the Shark Team at the boys school decided to fit in one last field trip. Originally, they were trying to take a trip to a zoo or aquarium 3 hrs away. But due to school funding and some new rules about not taking a field trip more than 50 miles away, they had to scrap that idea and opted to head to our beach here on base, Onslow Beach. Which is a great choice considering they are the 'Shark' team and what better way to celebrate that then heading to the ocean to collect sea shells and shark teeth?

Of course, the day of the field trip we wake up to POURING rain! Ever the optimist, I still packed the kids up in their beach gear, made their lunch in a brown paper lunch bag and took 'em to school. Once we got there, the rain had stopped and the teachers had decided to still make a go of it. They figured if they were just there for 15 minutes, it'd be worth it. So, being the good mommy I am, I helped get the buses loaded up with coolers and off to the beach we went!


The ominous looking clouds that greeted us at the ocean...
 

All of us parents and teachers were hoping that rain in the distance would stay there. Fortunately for us, it mostly stayed off shore. Everyone once in a while we felt a few light sprinkles but we told the worried kids it was just 'mist' from the ocean waves.

For the kids field day, the teachers had set up various 'stations' for the kids to play at. The first station was the 'Toy' station. There it had beach balls, frisbee's, kites, and other fun little beach type toys for the kids to fool around with.


Here's Jason waiting at one of their stations...
 

The second station was the 'Build your Sandcastle City" station. Each class was designated a circle and inside that circle, they were to build a city of sand with different buckets and such. At the end of the day, the teachers would vote for which city was the best.

Jack at his sand castle station....
 


At the sand castle station, working on a master piece....
 

Jason at the Sand Castle station...
 

All the kids were looking up to Jason. He is a GREAT leader for them!
 

 

Jason with one of his sand tunnels....
 

The third station was the "Relay" station. Here the kids played race-type games. Who could do the fastest sand crab walk, which pair could race the fastest with each one having a leg tied to the other, who can carry and egg on a spoon with out dropping it the fastest...those types of games.

 

Partner leg race! Gotta work together to win!
 

Finally, the last thing the teachers had the kids do was head on back to the big playground and let them burn off any ounce of energy they may have left.

In the middle of it all, we all headed to the beach pavilion and ate our bagged lunch and chit chatted with other parents and kids.

It was a fantastic day and we were lucky the weather held off. Although it lead to a bit of a sinus headache and a nap later on, I can't complain!

Some in the kids from J's class, trying to impress me....
 

Jack and a couple of his friends...

Jack and a buddy...
 

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