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Photo Friday: Farewell to Preschool Adventures

June 11th, 2010 by bsmith | 3 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

The Long Awaited Graduation Day!

Jared graduated today from Kruger House Parent Participation  Preschool in Carlsbad, California.  I hope my readers who are the parents of toddlers and preschoolers will keep in mind that the right preschool will be a great source of  family adventures.  I am simply in awe of how much my little guy has matured over the past three years.  Thanks to his wonderful teachers, he is well on the road to kindergarten.  He is also kind, friendly, poised, artistic, and highly curious about the world.  He is the source of all sorts of brilliant random facts about everything from pirates to polar bears. 

Jared  has benefited from the experiential learning opportunities he enjoyed at Kruger House.  A parent participation preschool with plenty of support can lead to some spectacular field trips.  Over the past three years, we have gone horse back riding, seen where the firemen eat and sleep at the fire station, fed the seals at Sea World, and petted exotic animals at the Wild Animal Park.  One of Jared’s most memorable field trips was a trip to the dentist’s office.  He  is still giving me mini lectures on oral hygiene. 

This Photo Friday I want to give you a tiny peek into our preschool adventures. 

Jared's First Day of Preschool

Bates Nutfarm Field Trip

Field Trip to Bates Nut Farm


A Vintage Letter from Santa on Library Fieldtrip

Cowpoke Jared

Thank you so much to Ms. Ellen, Ms. Katherine, Ms. Laurie, and Ms. Brenda at Kruger House.  You have given our family so many wonderful memories of preschool adventures!

Jared Says Goodbye to Kruger House Preschool, June 2010

Today I am both sad and excited that I am now the mom of three school age kids.  The stroller has been given away.  We are ready to embrace some big kid adventures!

 Happy Trails,


P.S. Family Adventure Guidebooks participates in Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday Blog Roundup.


Photo Friday: Celebrate World Ocean’s Day at the Sealife Aquarium and Beyond!

June 4th, 2010 by bsmith | 2 Comments | Filed in San Diego Adventures, Sea Life Aquarium, Uncategorized

Jared enjoys the wonders of the Sealife Aquarium

This year it is more important than ever to celebrate World Ocean’s Day.  The devastating oil spill off of the coast of the US could have been prevented. If we give our children an appreciation of our world’s oceans, they will be better policy makers and protectors of this fragile marine ecosystem.

Living in a tourist town I can tell you that a clean healthy ocean creates a thriving local economy .  People come to enjoy clean beaches and to swim in clean water.  This is what is making the effects of the current oil spill particularly devastating for southern economies.

It is easy to overlook that the mission of many local aquariums includes a conservation component.  These are not just glorified theme parks, but organizations that are dedicated to educating the public about respecting marine life and making decisions that have a positive impact on our oceans.  A child who has a chance to learn how to touch    creatures gently under the watchful eye of a docent, will take that knowledge on their family tide pool excursions and hopefully know to leave those critters in their native habitat .  The child who sees the exhibit on global warming will start shutting off lights and encouraging their parents to carpool.  The child who sees a giant mural made out of beach trash will think twice before discarding a gum wrapper in the sand. 

Growing up I spent many days at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and those visits inspire a life long fascination with the marine world.  At seventeen,  I proposed a bill that banned off shore oil drilling at the Youth and Government Model Legislature and Court program.  As a teacher, I took classes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and shared the knowledge I gained with my students.  Many of those students lived very close to the beach but had never been there.  A fieldtrip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened up a whole new world for them.  As a parent , I join my kids for beach cleanups. We are always amazed at the trash we find.

In Carlsbad we are lucky to have the Sea Life Aquarium just down the street from us.  I must confess that when it was first constructed I wondered if it was really a worthwhile addition to Legoland.  After all the Birch Aquarium at UC San Diego and Sea World are both  just a half hour away.  After I did some research into the Sea Life organization and paid a second visit to Sea Life on a less crowded day, I started to gain a deeper appreciation for this little kid friendly aquarium.   Sealife sponsors cleanups of local beaches.  They have proudly displayed a mosaic entitled, “Beach Trash, a Whale of a Problem” constructed by local school children.  Visitors are asked to make a clean oceans pledge before leaving the aquarium.  If you have preschoolers,  the smaller size of this aquarium and the specially designed peep holes that put kids in the middle of the tank make this an ideal introduction to the marine world.

Trash, A Whale of a Problem, Sealife Aquarium Carlsbad

This Saturday my family will be honoring World Ocean’s Day with a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium.  They are sponsoring a fun Dr. Seuss themed day with plenty of conservation information snuck into  the Seussian silliness of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. More information about their World Oceans Day Celebration is included on the Sealife Aquarium website.

World Ocean’s Day Celebrations are being held world wide.  If you have some free time this Saturday or next week on June 8, the actual World Ocean’s Day, visit the Ocean Project’s website to find a place to celebrate.

Family Adventure Guidebooks participates in the Delicious Baby Photo Friday Blog Roundup.

Happy Trails,


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