My boys watched their first sunrise ever yesterday morning at the airport. We watched planes taking off and landing. We learned all the safety features of the airport and the plane. To occupy themselves on the plane we read books, did some math in the form of a telling time app on my Kindle. We talked about geography as we used the Southwest flight tracker to watch our plane as it progressed down the east coast. I was amazed at all the learning that took place on our first day of vacation.
Once we got settled into our hotel we decided to walk around and check it out. The kids were, of course, impressed with the arcade and the pool/ water slides but they were also loving all the different birds and insects and animal life we saw. There were ibises, cranes, and a huge swan; which we ended up feeding. We saw fish and even watched them jumping out of the water and over each other in order to eat. We saw many little lizards but they were too fast to get pictures of. We saw these big, bright, orange moths too. It was pretty neat and the kids were so interested in them all.
We headed to Medieval Times last night and while the boys really didn't want to go (and really should have been in bed since they'd been woken up at 3:30!) they loved it! The restaurant looks like a giant castle. Inside they have suits of armor all around on display. The great room has coats of armor all over the ceiling and souvenirs all around. We were told to walk through the main building and across the courtyard to see a small medieval village. I was picturing a mini replica of a village the size of most model train towns. I was wrong. This small village was one you walked through; they had a carpenters house, a basket weaver at work displaying period pieces, a blacksmith, a falconer, a torture chamber, etc. It was a small museum like set up displaying tools, clothing, pottery, and the lifestyles of most of the towns people during the medieval ages. It was pretty neat and very educational. The boys were most interested in the torture chamber which I thought would be upsetting for them but nope; they loved it. Unfortunately we then had a long wait for the show to the start and the boys were getting very antsy. I was starting to think it might not have been such a good idea to book our dinner on our first night in town when they finally announced us all to our seats. The boys LOVED the show. We saw horses hopping, bowing, kneeling, jumping and kicking. We watched the falconer train his falcon to swoop in and catch the prey he had swinging around on a string. Then we watched knights battle each other to challenges like lancing a small ring off a hanging target, throw javelins into a bulls eye, jousting and even some staged hand to hand combat. The boys were cheering and jeering so loudly and at one point Evan cried when "our" knight appeared to be loosing the battle.
The boys did think they were going to enjoy the show but they really weren't looking forward to eating at all. They did surprisingly well though. Ian and Evan tried the tomato basil soup and garlic bread and loved it. I was shocked since Evan never eats any vegetables but I was so proud. Ian and Alec ate a good portion of the chicken, even though they didn't have any ketchup. They all tasted the apple turnovers, and the herb crusted potatoes too. I was glad they at least tried all the food and never heard one of them complain they were hungry afterward. It was a wonderful first day of vacation packed with all sorts of science, geography, and living history lessons. Some days I just love homeschooling so much I wonder why I didn't start doing this years ago!