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Friday, July 27, 2012

Aquarium Camp Update by Carissa and Kate

Carissa and Kate wrote the following:

On Monday we met our camp counselors and fellow campers.  We went outside and played zombie tag. We also got to touch and pet the stingrays which we named Wacky,Silky,Skate,Bobbi and Bumpy.  We started our shark tooth necklaces and made beads that were made of clay.  On Tuesday we got to touch hermit crabs,slipper lobsters, horseshoe crab and a chocolate chip starfish.  We got to tour the saltwater area and we saw sharks,octopus,a lot of fish, and a two finned turtle.We also learned a fun shark song which my mom will probably post on here.  Plus we got to see wolf eels feed on salmon and we watched a movie called The Blue Planet.  On our animal encounter we got see and touch Albert the baby American alligator. For arts and crafts we finished our shark tooth necklaces and we made jellyfish, we also got to go to the butterfly garden and held a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.On Wednesday we toured the saltwater area again and we dissected a (you'll never guess) SQUID!!!  Also we watched an albino alligator feed on salmon!   On Thursday we toured the fresh water area and we learned about under water food webs.  Also we tried to catch animals in the pond.  For arts and crafts colored and painted a water scene.  We also went to the museum of nature and science,and we got to see a shark exhibit with a MEGALADON JAW!!!  Plus we got to watch an imax movie about whales!!!!  Our last and final day was the bomb!!  We went outside and played a game where we had to melt ice.  It was fun but we came in last.  For arts and crafts we made a picture frame with our fellow campers.  Then we made a oragami whale.  After that we met some animals from the zoo.  One was a baby alligator named Earwin.  Next we met a toad that peed on the floor his name was Z, and last but certainly not least we met Sid the African Penguin.

Nicole's notes:

Carissa and Kate have been so animated every day while telling us about camp.  They had a blast and as an added bonus learned about animals and created fun friend memories.  Today I took Jenna and Bobby to the Children's Aquarium so they could see all the animals that Carissa and Kate told us about this week.  The video of the girls singing wouldn't load on my blog, but here is the link on youtube.

Here are some pictures from today:

Jenna touching the horseshoe crab

Bobby touching the horseshoe crab


Bobby & Jenna with the iguana

The two legged turtle

Stingrays that Carissa and Kate fed

Carissa, Bobby, Jenna and Kate by the stingrays

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Carissa and Kate with Grant, their camp counselor

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Carissa goes to Aquarium Camp

This week Carissa and her friend, Kate, are attending Aquarium Camp at the Children's Aquarium.  The Children's Aquarium is located in Fair Park (home of the Cotton Bowl, Texas State Fair and the Science Museum).  Yesterday they learned about ocean prey, fed string rays, started making a shark tooth necklace, attended a feeding of an albino alligator and an alligator snapping turtle, played games and watched a video on the making of the Atlanta Aquarium.  The girls were super excited when I picked them up yesterday and can't wait until they are old enough to help run the zoo camps.

The Children's Aquarium

Carissa and Kate are ready for camp

Carissa showing the back of the camp t-shirt

Kate showing the back of the camp t-shirt