Field Trip: NATIONAL ZOO! – Brazil –THURSDAY (Not Tuesday!!)

THIS IS NOT ON A TUESDAY! 

THIS TRIP IS ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30th!!!   

THIS IS NOT A TUESDAY!!! 

We’re going to head over to the National Zoo to explore their Amazon exhibit!

ADMISSION TO THE ZOO IS FREE!

PCH is requesting a $2 donation per person for this trip.  You can choose to register for free or buy a donation ticket.  We LOVE setting up trips like this for you.  🙂

We’ll meet at the Visitors Center at 10:30 am and make our way over together to the Amazon Exhibit.  At 11:00 am we’ll get to see them feed the fish at the Amazon River Basin and learn about some of the species that live there.  We’ll spend the next bit as a group exploring the Amazon exhibit and then break for a bring-your-own-brown-bag lunch.  After that, we can experience the Kids Farm together and then break off to explore individual interests.

If you’re up for a REALLY full zoo day, we ask that you meet us at the entrance to the Small Mammals exhibit at 4:00 pm.  We’ll explore that together and then…

We’re lucky enough to have this visit coincide with ZooLights!  So instead of closing at 5pm like they normally do, the zoo stays open late, lights up with Christmas lights, and we get to experience the liveliness of some amazing nocturnal creatures!  🙂  You are welcome to stay through park closing at 9 pm!

THIS IS NOT ON A TUESDAY! 

THIS TRIP IS ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30th!!!   

THIS IS NOT A TUESDAY!!! 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

MAP of the zoo you can print:  https://nationalzoo.si.edu/sites/default/files/documents/zoo-map-bw-8-10-16-xmp.pdf

Parking and Directions:  https://nationalzoo.si.edu/visit/parking-directions

Daily Programs for our Visit Date: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/visit/daily-events?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20171128

Food and Dining on site: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/visit/food

FOOD TO BRING:

We recommend you bring a lunch for each person in your family plus an afternoon snack.  You’ll also want to have water!  If you are staying through to enjoy ZooLights with us, you’ll also want to bring dinner along (or money to have an early dinner at the Mane Grill which closes at 4:30 pm) and possibly another snack 🙂

HOW TO DRESS:

We’re looking at late November in D.C.!  So while the day time can be warm in the sun (We don’t expect it to be much over 50) it can also be chilly! Especially if you stay for the ZooLights.  It will get cold once the sun sets.  So come prepared with lots of layers, including a coat and gloves.  Little hands get cold faster than we grown-ups tend to realize.

CANCELLATIONS?

If we decide to cancel, it will likely only be due to poor weather.  We won’t cancel for cold (unless we’re expecting freezing temps all day) but we will cancel if it’s expected to rain heavily (a chance of an afternoon drizzle won’t keep us away!) so be prepared!  We will update this page no later than 5 PM of the evening before the trip, so please check back before you leave!

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Post your questions in the comments here and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

 

THIS IS NOT ON A TUESDAY! 

THIS TRIP IS ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30th!!!   

THIS IS NOT A TUESDAY!!! 

Science Day – Brazil!

More Information To Come:

We are going to explore the Amazon Rain Forest! We’ll learn about some amazingly unique species that call the Amazon home and we’ll practice some hands-on science like a real biologist might.

More details to follow, but you can bet it’s going to be a fun and memorable science day!

Food and Cooking in Brazil

Our last cooking class was so much fun and such a big success that we’re going to repeat the same idea using a delicious Brazilian recipe!

We’ll break the class up into two teams who will each be given a recipe to follow.  Mom volunteers will help lead the groups through their recipe but the kids will cook from start to finish.  They’ll learn cutting skills and cooking methods and their goal is to complete the recipe and serve a delicious meal to the judges!

Volunteer mom judges will evaluate each dish based on taste, presentation, and accuracy to the recipe they were given.

RECIPE:

We’re going to be enjoying this “Moqueca Baiana” which is richly flavorful, but not spicy!  🙂  It’s a step outside the comfort zone for most kids, but not SO far outside as to be scary! 🙂

It’s important going into this that parents encourage their children to try what they make!  But I also encourage you to bring along  a lunch just in case your children do not like the meal we make. ♥

BONUS:  Kids will also be making Brazilian Lemonade to go with this dish!  🙂  So they’ll learn TWO recipes and we’ll all get to have both a delicious meal and a refreshing drink to go along with it.

 

Below I list the ingredients in each recipe so you can be aware of any allergens etc.   Every family will go home with printed recipes so you can recreate it again at home if you love it!

Ingredients in Moqueca Baiana

  • White Fish
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil and/or palm oil
  • garlic
  • onion
  • red bell pepper
  • sugar
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • coconut milk
  • tomatoes
  • cilantro

 

Ingredients Brazilian Lemonade

  • Limes
  • Water
  • Sweetened, condensed milk
  • Ice

Art & Music of Brazil – Cultures Around the World

This is going to be a very vibrant class!  🙂

We’ll be creating our own sets of maracas, creating Carnival masks and maybe even building our own kind of jingle tap (Think tambourine…) !  We’ll end the day with a Carnivale type parade.