Kalahari

We just got back from the annual homeschool gathering at the Kalahari Waterpark. It was busier than ever for us with both kids attending lots of stuff.

Swimming in the wave pool.

Carnival with face paint and hairspray. Zombie tag was that night as well.

Playing in the room. The kids took turned being “stuck” in the trash can until the other kids tipped them over so they could get out, lol.

Minecraft funshop.

Monday was the opening speaker. my son and I went and we met several people there, including the family who ran this funshop.

Hula hooping funshop.

Gangnam Style Just Dance funshop.

Lots of water slides! Everyone has done the toilet bowl ride now but me.

Henna night.

The marketplace. My daughter sold over 25 of her things and both kids eagerly supported the other vendors!

Birthday party for a friend 🙂

The dance. It was dark, lol.

We also had lots of good food, visited the arcade, played games, and hung out with wonderful friends.

Can’t wait to do it again.

Here are 2 more pictures from the sale:

Lego Land

One of the big reasons we went to Florida was to check out Lego Land. It was ridiculously expensive, but it was a perfect fit for our kids. The Lego structures everywhere you look are fantastic and the rides, especially the coasters, were just right for our kids’ thrill-seeking level as well as their waiting in line tolerance level. The lines were incredibly short!

Mini- land was incredibly detailed and cool. The food was pretty good. We could have easily stayed a few more hours to see more, but the park closes at 5:00 in the winter.

Corpses

“There are corpses everywhere!”, “It’s a giant graveyard!”

That is what my kids had to say the first day we hit the beach in Florida as a family this year. And they were right. Lucky for me, corpses and the circle of life didn’t seem to bug them too much!

Huge clam shells

Horseshoe Crab remains

Crab

Jellyfish

Part of a stingray

Sponge

Bones and shell keepsakes

More shells being sorted

Sea shell guide from the condo

Pirates

Book 4 of the Magic Tree House books is about Pirates, so we have been doing Pirate-y things.

The kids worked together with me to build a giant cardboard pirate ship and a rowboat from cardboard in the basement. It is based on some creations we saw on the internet along with one of my daughter’s drawings. They also made weapons, dug out costumes, and started thinking up the plot for a pirate play we will write.

We played Pirate-y games.

We learned about pirate words and about maps.

There was pirate art.

There were pirate books and magazines.

Pirate websites.

We saw videos about maps.

We got to play pirate mini-golf!

And we got to see Lego pirate ships!

My daughter liked seeing the British uniforms.

We also listened to Treasure Island on audiobooks as well as a pirate Geronimo Stilton book.

We watched all 4 Pirates of the Carribean movies.

We also saw a History Channel production about pirate ships and some of the most famous pirates.