Spring break this year found my both my daughter and her husband out of town on their jobs leaving my husband and I to take care of – and entertain – our eight-year-old granddaughter.
What to do?
We played school with the animals. My husband bought these animals at the local zoo one year when she was four years old. From the very beginning she wanted Grandma to speak for each of the animals. She would line them up and ask them questions and I would answer as if I was that particular animal. As she got older I thought we would stop playing with them but the games have only changed.
Now we put them in groups according to whether they have colorful coats with spots or stripes or dull coats, whether they have fur or skin, whether they are a carnivore or not.
They have all been given names. This week each of the animals had to write a report for school about how they spent their spring break.
- Ellie Elephant went to gymnastics camp
- Barbara Bear went with her family to the park
- Win Warthog took a road trip to see a lighthouse
- Hippy Hippo went to the zoo
- Giraffe Boy spent a day at the mall
- Charlie Cheetah went to Grandma and Papa’s house
- Rhiny Rhino made some gitter slime
- Goes Gorilla visited the Medieval Times in Chicago
- Lexie Lion put together a hydraulic claw
- Tom Tiger went to Taekwondo camp
- Zoe Zebra had a date night with Mommy
- Macey Moose made a trip to see her BFF
Then we did puzzles. She is becoming pretty good at puzzles and we did a couple – one with 300 pieces and one with 500 pieces. She loved the one with all the different dogs.
Papa took her shopping and she got some “hot” bright yellow sunglasses because she insisted that her eyes were really hurting bad in the sunshine.
Being new to the area I did a search on the internet for places to take children and came up with this wonderful and unusual pet store. This is not a pet store with lots of dogs and cats. Rather, it is full of exotic pets I have never seen in a pet store.
From Eclectus a bird native to New Guinea, northeastern Australia, and the Maluku Islands to Caiques small, stocky parrots with very bright colors who can live as long as 40 years and everything in between they have it.
There are rows and rows of exoctic fish.
And seahorses, shrimp, bearded dragons and much, much more.
They say “It’s not just a store, it’s an experience.” They are right. If you live near the Lansing, Michigan area you must check this store out.