I was looking around for more Up related activities and came across another adventure fit for a Wilderness Explorer.
While we were at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, we saw a flyer for Who-oo’s at the Campfire?, a program where kids learn about owls around the campfire. Sounded pretty awesome, so the next night, Luke and I headed back to experience the Nature Center at night.
We actually ended up going into a classroom to learn about owls before we went outside. I was worried Luke wouldn’t like sitting there being lectured to, but just as I leaned over to ask if he was bored, he said “This is really fun!” He thought the teacher was great. She was really entertaining and even I learned a lot.
She showed up an owl skull, a wing, a talon and a bunch of different species of owls that were stuffed and displayed around the building.
Then it was time to head out to the campfire. Luke was very excited he got to use a flashlight.
We sat around the fire, where to teacher told us a story adapted from Native American folklore about how the owl was created. It was pretty funny.
After the story, it was time for s’mores! It was pretty fun roasting our own marshmallows.
It was even more fun to eat them!
Luke had a great time and wants to take Dad and Scarlett with us next time.
He is a proud owl expert!
For our first activity for Up week, we did a little wilderness exploration at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.
We normally play outside when we visit this nature center, but we went inside this time to see what we could learn.
There were several live turtles, which we fun to watch.
There were also rocks, seeds, leaves and wood to touch and examine under a magnifying glass or a microscope. Luke thought this was really cool.
Scarlett was really into the dress up area.
There were also lots of puzzles, animal toys, dinosaur figures and places to play.
It was really a lot of fun. Great place to play on a rainy day, or just when we’re feeling scientific!
One of the activities on our Summer Fun List was visiting a nature center.
We picked Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, Virginia because of the “Nature Playce” where the kids could play in sandboxes and “dig for dinosaurs.”
There were lots of dinosaurs provided!
There was dinosaur facts as well.
They dug for a while, then Luke wanted to explore.
There are different levels of wilderness inside the Nature Playce.
Luke stuck to “Fledgling” – “Outdoorsman” was a bit too wild.
The bugs started to come out, so we called it a day. We will be back, though, especially in the fall when the colors are beautiful. It’s a really interesting place to play.