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Tuesday, May 17

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What do glass-blowing and oceanography have in common???  Let's find out!

The weekend was just all-around nastiness - you know how it is when the weather changes. Everyone was starting to get a little stir crazy...   Scroll down for a short unit study to accompany these trips - science & art today!

After using up the last of our winter pumpkins (that's a pirate, princess, and scary guy), we stuffed everyone in the car and headed out to the Great Dismal Swamp!   (Doesn't "dismal swamp" just sound like a day brightener???)
At the Great Dismal Swamp Arts Festival, we got to see some amazing artwork!  The highlight of the day, however, was watching this guy give his glass blowing exhibitions.  The kids were very interested in it, and watched almost all of his shows.  Why are they dressed up, you might ask?  There was a costume contest at the end of the day.

Virginia Beach Aquarium
The following day, it was still drizzling and just nasty, so we loaded up the kids and headed to the aquarium for the afternoon.  There were lots of different animals to look at, and a huge focus on oceanography!
Our son used this trip as a chance to speak with scientists and researchers while completing his Oceanography Badge for Boy Scouts.  You can see his complete work over here.
It wasn't that crowded, so we were all able to have some quiet moments exploring the things that interested us most.
Then again, silly family time is important, too...  HELP!!!!!!!!!!
The two favorite stops?  Inside a submarine - which the kids could actually pilot.  And the moment when the cobra fanned himself at us in warning.  Argh!
Finally, we stopped in at the travelling exhibit, which was all about dinosaurs.  The dinosaurs moved and roared, which was a little disarming, even to the biggest of kids!
Before heading home, we stopped off at Virginia Beach for one last romp through the ocean waters.  It will be quite some time before we get back to the ocean again.  It was a bittersweet moment.
Overall, a rainy, nasty weekend turned into a memorable family opportunity!  If you ever have a chance to visit the Virginia Beach Aquarium, we recommend it.  It's one of the best we've seen!

Oceans & Marine Life

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