Summer Field Trips 2014
Last Saturday we took a special trip to the Chrysler Museum for their family day celebration of Smokey the Bear's 70th birthday! The children were able to learn about the history of Smokey, and they got to see the iconic paintings and media that defined his presence in American culture. We were also treated to some delicious birthday cake.
Aside from all the activities surrounding Smokey, we were also treated to special tour of the museum. Our guide led us to some amazing and very old pieces of history. She talked to the kids about Aztec sports, Japanese warriors, Greek burial traditions, and Egyptian mummies. Our final stop of the afternoon gave the children an opportunity to add some of their own art work to the wall of discovery, where people draw pictures of their favorite part of visiting the museum. We are so grateful to the Chrysler for hosting this special day and to all the volunteers who helped drive and chaperone the children.
Monday, August 4th, was a beautiful evening for a Tides Game. Despite earlier predictions of scattered showers, our children were blessed with light of the setting sun and perfect temperatures. With the help of some very generous donors we were able to raise $200 for baseball bucks, and the children had an absolute blast. Hotdogs, ice cream, french fries, cotton candy and fried Twinkies abounded as we watched the game. Many of the children were unfamiliar with a lot of the baseball terminology, and the volunteers were happy to educate them. It was such a fun night for everyone involved and we are so grateful to our volunteers for all their help. A special thank you to Vickie from the YMCA for hooking us up with a bus ride! Of course, the night would not have been possible without the generosity of the Tides Baseball organization. They have supplied us with free tickets to one of their games for many years now and our children love it every year.
Field trip number three was a new spin on an old favorite for Park Place Child Life Center. Every summer we try to take at least one trip out to Ocean View beach where we grill out and let the children frolic in the waves. This year, not only did the children get to play in the water, everyone got to try out the Ocean View Water Slide at Community Beach Park!
All the boys and girls had a fantastic time. Big thank you's go out to Mr. Perry and Mr. Kyle for cooking the hotdogs and hamburgers. Thank you to Joe, Jazmine, Aaron, Diana, Tim and Karen for your wonderful help keeping everyone safe and happy. We have the best volunteers in Hampton Roads! Finally, thank you to Ms. Carolyn for the great idea of going to the Ocean View Water Slide and then making it happen.
Due to the generosity of Mr. Greg Bockheim and the Virginia Zoological Park, we were able to take all our kids out for a fun afternoon watching the animals and playing in the fountains. The rain held off and we walked as a group from the Park Place Child Life Center to the zoo. The children broke up into groups and got to explore the wonderful world of the animal kingdom.
A special thank you goes out to Sam and the youth group from Second Presbyterian Church for providing a delicious pizza lunch and having fun with our children at the zoo!
Last Saturday was a gorgeous day to kick off our summer field trip schedule. We took about 30 children to Lakewood Park for some outdoor fun in the sun and shade (thankfully). The older boys spent the afternoon playing basketball and getting some tips from one of our volunteer sports enthusiasts. The younger group had a blast playing frisbee, blowing bubbles, playing on the play ground equipment, and making up games. The second part of the days field trip included taking groups to the Book Exchange at Wards Corner where each of the children had $15 to spend on books!
The staff was very helpful and all the children had an awesome time picking out books to take home. We are so thankful to the Book Exchange for making this fun day possible!
Goodbyes and Hellos
Last Thursday was a sad day for the Park Place Child Life Center. Our beloved Operations Director, Emma Small, ended her time working with our organization. After nearly four years of dedicated service to the children of Park Place, and to the mission of PPCLC, Emma has now moved on to other exciting things, and we wish her the absolute best! Emma's heart for children and her commitment to giving our youth the best quality programming and materials available will be missed.
On the bright side of things, PPCLC has hired an energized and enthusiastic new Director to step in and take the reigns. Her name is Carolyn Clark and she is full of new ideas to help make our programming the best it can be. We are so happy to have Carolyn on our team, and we can't wait for you meet her!
Park Place Child Life Center shares the art of life with children and their families.
Park Place Child Life Center is a Christian, faith-based non-profit organization founded in 2004.
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