Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Field Trip Chaperon

Today, I went with Jackson's class on a field trip to the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines to see Treasured Stories by Eric Carle (see description of the show at the bottom of this post).  Each Kindergarten class at Jackson's school could bring along one parent chaperon and I was the lucky parent from Jackson's class!  When I got to the school the kids were lining up in pairs and getting ready to walk outside to get on the bus.  Jackson and most of his friends were very excited because this was their first time on an actual school bus.  However, you would have thought all of the kids had never been in a car before because when it started moving they were like, "Oh wow, look it's McDonalds, look it's Taco Johns!"  It cracked me up!!

When we got to the Civic Center we had to park 4 blocks away and walk.  You would think they could figure out an easier way to drop the kids off at the door so we weren't walking through downtown but alas that was not the case.  When we got there and found our seats the kids were so cute and so very excited.  None of them had ever been to a theater like this one before and the excitement was certainly in the air.  It brought back a lot of memories for me as a kid going to the movie theatre and playing in the seats...  you know how the seats fold down and when you are small it's fun to make the seat shut on you.  LOL.  Anyway, there was a lot of that going on before the show started. 

My only heart attack moment was as we were leaving and one of Jackson's classmates let go of her partners hand and turned and walked into the street.  I grabbed her before she got too far and put her right back in line but my heart dropped!  Finally, we made it back to school all in one piece and the trip was certainly a fun experience for all of the kids!  Here are a few pictures that I took...

Jackson and his classmates riding on the bus to the Civic Center
We had to walk about 4 blocks from the bus to the Civic Center...  BLAH!
Jackson with his buddy Alexis

My favorite picture - some kids loved the show so much it put them to sleep!  LOL.

More information about the show we saw today:

Treasured Stories

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
GRADES preK-2 • CAPACITY 1,500

Performance length: 60 minutes
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s much-anticipated new production, Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, brings together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (veteran of more than 2000 performances), is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and the story of a young girls’ unusual request from Papa Please Get the Moon For Me.

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