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Friday, August 24, 2018

Farewell, Friends!

Wow! What a fun summer we've had. It's so hard to believe that the kids will be back to school next week and that summer is nearly over 😢.

For our last few weeks of break, we enjoyed a trip to William Ferry Park in Ferrysburg, where we fulfilled our final playground bucket list item. This park offers a neat playground and picnic area with views of Spring Lake Bayou. We followed up the trip with a stop at Pizza Hut for lunch! 🍕🍕🍕 

We took a final trip to Great Harvest for a treat and a visit to the Splash Pad, taking advantage of a photo op at the brand new waterfront stadium! It was fun pretending we were performing for an audience 😁

We spent a rainy day working on craft projects (surprisingly one of the few rainy days we've had all summer). The creativity level in this group is astounding!

That's a wrap, folks! Thank you so much for sharing your kiddos with us this summer! We are so excited to see what this new school year has in store for them all. Until next year! 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Grimaldi

With some chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get, but at Chocolates by Grimaldi, you get to see it made right before your very eyes, so there are no surprises! Last week, we scheduled a tour of the factory, and it was awesome (*and delicious*)!

The shop opened in 2012 and they've been creating delectable chocolates and treats ever since! For only $4.00, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how their chocolates are made and taste fresh samples right off the line! To say our group enjoyed it is an understatement 😛

Some of our other recent adventures include a bird event at the library and a trip to the Imagination Station! Check out our photos!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Our Journey Through July

We've had another busy few weeks at the "Noise" :) Can you believe we'll be going back to school at the end of this month?! It's going to be bittersweet, as this has been such an exciting summer for the school-age class.

Here's a little bit about our week so far:

On Monday, we took another hike through Duncan Woods, collecting lots of treasures to bring back to school for our nature collage. They had so much fun collaborating with their peers while they made such interesting works of art! We sure have some true nature lovers in our group! We followed up our hike with a trip to Mary A White playground so we could check another area playground off our summer bucket list. 🌲🌳🍂🍁🍃

Tuesday was an active day, as we conducted our "Sport's Day" over at Lakeshore Middle School's athletic area. We did sprints and races on the track, had jump-roping contests, played parachute, baseball, etc. It was a blast, and we got tons of exercise while having fun! ⚽⚾🏃🏆

We were super excited to check out the Coast Guard carnival on Wednesday before it opened for the day. It was nice to meander through without all the crowds and noises. Everyone got a chance to pick out their favorite rides. Then it was on to the Train Park for playing and snacks! 🎠🎡🎪

Today, we made caterpillar puppets to tell the story of The Big Hungry Caterpillar to the 4's class. We really enjoyed modeling good listening skills for them, and telling them the story in a unique way 🐛🍊🍐🍓🍉🍕🍦🍃🦋

Stay tuned for more adventures as the summer comes to a close.....

Friday, July 20, 2018

If You Give a Police Officer a Cookie...

If You Give a Police Officer a Cookie....

He'll probably ask for some milk to go with it 😉! As part of our "Week of Giving", the school-agers read the classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff. We worked together to create the most delicious cookies this town has ever seen, which of course we had to share! Who better to share them with than the brave men and women who protect our town and selflessly give their time to helping others?! We personally hand-delivered a tasty batch of cookies to the Grand Haven Public Safety builiding, and Officer Dilley was kind enough to let us take a peek at the inside of a fire truck! 

On our walk back, we happened upon some wild animals- an enormous elephant, and giant giraffe, and a delightful duck! These creatures can be found in front of a home on Washington. We just had to get a few pictures with them!