Yesterday, the kids and I went to our town’s fire station. Our town has an all-volunteer fire department, and one firefighter generously gave us almost an hour of his time to open up all their trucks, show us their equipment and answer our questions.
But, we wouldn’t have been there if I hadn’t called first to ask if they did guided tours for school-age children.
It’s pretty funny (to me) that as a mere interested adult I wouldn’t dream of monopolizing a firefighter’s time, but if it’s an educational opportunity for the littles, I think nothing of getting on the phone to ask if we could come down. I act as thought only children are allowed to be curious and see new things (*wry grin*).
But, you don’t have to use children as an entrance strategy to get into places that you’re interested in checking out. This weekend, or next week, go someplace new. It could be that Thai restaurant you’ve wanted to try for ages, or an art gallery. It could be time spent wandering a cemetery taking rubbings, or visiting a new-to-you park. It could be browsing through a specialty store or touring a wooden sailing ship or watching an opera (live) or… or… [you fill in the blank].
(Plus, having warm weather helps! Unless you live in Australia, in which case you’d need to brave the chilly fall season :D).
Jo A says
You would probably scoff at my ‘chilly fall season’ 🙂
But this is something we are trying to do – I want to have more adventures, see more things, experience more! Even if it’s only one small step at a time.
*nod* And, really, one doesn’t have to go far from home to experience some amazing things. What I really enjoy doing is hearing people show me around their workspaces and talk about their tools and processes and equipment.
Tia Nevitt says
That’s an awesome field trip idea! Thanks!
You’re welcome. 🙂