First Field Trip of the Summer

Today was our first field trip of the summer and I took my girls to Cheekwood.  The girls took a friend and her mom (my friend) along with us.  We had a great time.  The gardens at Cheekwood are just gorgeous.  The girls love to run outside.  There are all sorts of paths to follow and waterfalls and fountains to make a wish in.  Addison plucked a beautiful flower from a lily pad in one pond.  Oops!  I’m pretty sure you are not suppose to “pick” the flowers at Cheekwood.  Oh, well.  Lesson learned.  Here are some pictures of the girls.

There is a new exhibit in the gardens entitled, “Happily Ever After” and the kids had a blast looking at Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and so many other fairy tale stories, all outdoors.  One unique thing we like at Cheekwood are the ponds.  There is one set of three ponds that each drop down and feed into the other.  We got a great nature lesson today in the subject of (none other than) FROGS.  Isn’t that what every girl just loves.  Icky, slimy frogs.  The girls LOVED them!  We heard a bullfrog and boy was it loud!  Ava Jane replicated the sound with her throat and it was hysterical.  We saw oodles of frog eggs on the edge of the pond as well as hundreds of tadpoles swimming along the banks.  And then there were the bazillions of tiny little frogs jumping around everywhere in the grass right by the pond.  The girls were squealing and catching them, but couldn’t hold on too long!  They were fascinated!  Here is a picture I snapped of one of the frogs:

Cool huh?  This was our first field trip of summer.  The terrible part is that we chose this outdoor activity today because it was only suppose to be around 80 degrees.  It was very overcast and insanely HUMID!  We were so hot – and it is not even June yet!  Looks like we will be at the pool A LOT!  Do you have any fun field trip ideas for your summer at home with the kids?  I’d love to hear about them. . . no matter where you live!

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4 Responses to “First Field Trip of the Summer”

  1. Angela Says:

    Awesome pictures! The girls are adorable.

  2. montee Says:

    My children are too old now for field trips but we have had some fun ones over the years. We have traveled every summer for my husband’s job for 20+ years. We have been to many states and Canada. I always found interesting spots in each place for the children to go and maybe learn more about that place. Probably the best was when we spent the summer in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Just a gorgeous place! We took Britnee and Brett up to the Canadian Rockies a couple of times while we were in Lethbridge. That is probably #1 on the field trip list. We also spent several summers in Chattanooga and that is an excellent place for field trips. Can’t get enough of the Aquarium. We still go there whenever we are in Chattanooga.

  3. waters71 Says:

    Great pictures, Amy. Do you have to pay an admission? Someone was talking about Cheekwood at MOPS and they said something about a year membership.

  4. saundra1 Says:

    Great pictures. Erin & I went there last year right before school started. I think it was 106 degrees that day! We just took a backpack full of water & tried not to think how hot it was. They had a similar exhibit there last year. It was really fun. We hope to do it again this year.

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