Peyton made it through day 2! When I asked her about her day she said it was GREAT! She never got this excited about the school’s day camp she was in all summer. So what did they do today?? Well, she learned about horses and penguins. Which happen to be two of her favorite animals. In the morning, farmer Bob taught her about his farm and how his horses work on the farm. Peyton was surprised the horses had to work! Farmer Bob let the kids pet Duke and told them all about Duke’s responsibilities on the farm. They learned that Duke has a brother named Prince. But they didn’t get to hang out with Prince yesterday. Though, they did learn that Prince can be a little stinker! I guess Prince is a tad mischievious.
Peyton said they did a lot of walking. She wanted to know if I had to walk a lot today or if I got sat on my butt in my office. I just laughed at her. I thought it was funny she was concerned with what I had been doing. They went and visited the wild horses. All the kids wanted a ride on Duke or any horse. But these are working horses and not recreational horses. So the staff let the kids ride a camel instead! So in the morning Peyton learned about the horses on the farm at the Minnesota Zoo, visited the wild horses and learned about them, rode a camel and made a horse mask. She had a busy morning!
In the afternoon, Peyton learned about marine life. Specifically, sea anemones, starfish and penguins. Her favorite of the three, Penguins. A few years a go, I had taken Peyton to Sea World and she saw Penguins up close there. She wanted to know why we didn’t have the same exhibit here. I had to explain to her, in Florida it was a giant room they cooled down to be comfortable for the penguins. It was so cold we couldn’t’ stay long. Here, they have the glass up so the penguins can be comfortable and we can be comfortable. This way we can watch them for as long as we want. She understood. After they learned about penguins, the class spent some time learning about the starfish and sea anemones. The Minnesota Zoo has a large area where you can touch starfish and that’s what the kids did. Peyton did not seem too impressed with the starfish.
Well, that was day 2 of Zoo Camp. Peyton is having a blast. And I must say the staff is amazing! Very friendly. The kids are kept under close supervision. I do not think any program I have had Peyton in has ever had this much security. As a parent I love it. The children are kept behind secure doors with several staff members. To pick up your child you have to have photo id and be on the list. Very secure.
On Wednesday Peyton will be learning about Cows in the morning and Sharks in the afternoon. They may even take a little walk over to see the Dinosaurs!