Here are clips from the final two library shows of the tour! We played my home town library, Riegelsville, a great little library at the tipity top of Bucks County. A perfect crowd came out and we had a great time. We were even able to bring the parachute out for a song.
For some reason, this video clip didn't come through:( But stay posted for pictures! We had some friends taking them while we were playing.
This is our very last show at the tiniest library we've ever been to. Yay Pipersville!
We had such a great time over the past two weeks. Thank you to everyone who came to the shows. And we'll see you at all of our shows coming up!
I can hardly believe that the tour is almost done! We lost our video from the Morrisville show. Booo! But we've got three cute videos from our other shows this week. Here they are!
We started with a small group in Fallsington, so we got to play one of our more intricate balancing and sorting games with noodles and baskets. Now if I can just use this technique to clean my house...
Our Southampton show was in the midst of a crazy rain storm, but that didn't dampen our spirits.
Northampton library was the first place that we ever played a kids show together! My, how things have changed since then. Anyhow, we visited a rainforest at this show since it was raining outside. YoYo is catching raindrops with the kids in this clip.
As we embark on our second week of the Bucks County Library Tour, we just wanted to share some quick shots from Saturday's shows!
Here we are at Wrightstown Library. There are some shots here of our 'moon rock hockey' game that we've been playing. The kids are learning about how to use equipment while YoYo is learning a little bit about outerspace!
And here we are at the Glenside Library for their Summer Reading Wrap Party. It's not in Bucks County, but I wanted to share this clip along with the other videos we've been taking. What a great library! They have a vegetable garden outside. And there were all sorts of cool crafts and projects for the kids to do at this event. Fun! This video is showing a little bit of our 'rainbow fishing' game where the kids throw tie-died socks through a hula hoop.
We have begun our 10 day whirl-wind tour of the Bucks County Libraries as part of their 'Kindergarten Here We Come' series. These are some of the craziest weeks that we have all year, but we love every minute of it. We thought that we would give you a window into our lives during these shows. Stay tuned each day for more pictures & videos.
Here we are at the Warminster Library! Our first show of the tour!
This is from the Grundy Library in Bristol, PA. I always feel like I'm meeting James Bond when I come to this library because of it's subterranean design.
And here is a snippet from our show at the Bensalem Library.
When I think of California, I think of the beach. We were staying about 15 minutes from what I'm told is the best surfing in the world right now. Although I've been itching to learn how to surf, I decided that it would be best to 'get my feet wet' in less intimidating waters. So check back next year for an entry about surfing. (And if anyone in the PA/NJ area wants to give me a lesson, let me know!)
However, we did get to spend a bit of time on the wild windy beach by the Natural Bridges (well, Natural Bridge these days). The waves were pretty intense, so we were happy to stay out of the water. However, nothing could keep Rowan from making another lovely sandcastle. But how do you do that with no buckets or shovels? We were across the country from her sandcastle supplies and we forgot to make our way to a store to get replacements. So Rowan, being a kid, and kids being the most resourceful things on the planet (when it comes to play), decided that a couple of empty bottles and bottle caps were just fine. We used the caps for digging & construction. She delegated water-retrieval to me. I had the task of repeatedly filling one empty lemonade bottle and two empty soda bottles with ocean water so we could construct our palace. The absence of our normal toys also made the seaweed, sticks, shells and feathers that we found that much more interesting and useful.
Our cross-coastal beach trip made me realize that maybe I'm making too big of a deal of packing up for our own 'local' beach days. I'm sure that any parent has experienced that moment when they see their child transform the strangest and most commonplace things into the most wondrous toys. And, although I am fully aware and appreciative of the value of some of the wonderful toys, books & games out there, it's nice to be reminded that we don't need fancy things to have the time of our lives.
Well, we're back home now. But our trip was so full of new and fun things that I still want to share some of the places we've been, things that we've done, and adventures we've had. So, for our next act, let me take you to the grand ol' California Redwoods. Rowan had never seen such a large tree in her life. I had been out to visit my brother in California before, so I had seen them in the past, but they never cease to amaze me. We couldn't help stretching up high like the trees or reaching our arms around the trees as far as they could go (which was not very far at all). The loop that we hiked was just over a mile, which was reasonable for an eager and excited 4 year old. But there are much longer hikes that we could have taken and other parks we could have visited. Next time. There were hollowed out trees on the trail that you could walk under. Perfect little nooks for a kid. The thing that I loved about taking Rowan to this park was that, from the moment we walked onto the trail, she wanted more. She asked if we could camp there (again, maybe next time), and she wanted to explore everything. I'm glad that we could show her the largest trees we have ever seen. I hope that her love of nature grows each day. Love, Lolly