Monday, July 02, 2012

Shelby Farms Camp

Last week the monkeys attended the Shelby Farms Adventure Camp. Their favorite part? Carpooling with their best buddies, Santi & Enrique.


Warren and their dad were out of town, so their mom, Kate, & I worked out a nice schedule. We even made it so the other one even had a night off to go out. Kate made dinner and had them over for a swim on Wednesday, and I took them to dinner and swimming at the JCC on Thursday.

How could I not go to Las Tortugas when we were so so close?


Actually, between eating and swimming we did take a tiny detour over to the Germantown Greenline for some exploring. They'd been in Adventure camp all week, so it was just par for the course.


During the week they had lots of time to explore Shelby Farms Park, especially the Woodland Discovery Playground. They also went on field trips to several community gardens and had lunch at the Memphis City Schools Central Kitchen. Satchel actually came home craving salad one day because that's what they'd had for lunch.

They also had a whole day to explore the Wolf River. There were lots of visitors too. They were most impressed by the Whole Foods visit and now have a list of groceries for me to buy. One day they came home with seeds to plant and another day Satchel commanded me to take him to the farmers market to buy local honey.

On Friday, all of the parents were invited to come at 10am for a press conference. Turns out, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy was recently selected to receive the National Health and Fitness Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) which is a pretty big deal.

I arrived just in time to catch the tail end of their Tai Chi class.


Then the kids got to see both of the mayors and listen to lots of speeches. Ha!


They were probably on TV too, but I never got a chance to see.

All in all, I think they had a really fun week.

I love that now in addition to feeling like Overton Park is an extension of their backyard, they feel the same about Shelby Forest and Shelby Farms Park. Yay for camp!

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