Our first event was a show called Sounds Like Fun. It is the second of a series of five shows that are created to help familiarize kids with the instruments of the orchestra. The people who put the shows together are so fun and really tailor their production for the kids.
Today we learned about the String Family. We learned how the instruments are made, what they are made from, and what the parts are called. We also learned about the unique characteristics of each instrument and the different ways you can play each one.
This string quartet all play in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra and were absolutely awesome! The music they played was beautiful, upbeat and fun.
We were all very hungry by the time the show ended, and headed over to a restaurant called Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine. This was Holly's suggestion because she knew the kids would love it. I must admit, I was a bit concerned about the kind of food we would be offered!
This place is hilarious! The owners have totally decorated the inside with anything that resembles trailer trash. The entire time I was there I would look up to notice something else so creative and fun in their decor.
It was definitely a hit with the kids, ...and ME TOO. I was pleasantly surprised with our food. I had a big green salad that had real greens and fresh veggies that was very tasty, and the kids choose Mac N Cheese that had noodles with real cheese. WoW! We'll definitely have to come here again. (They even recycle their oil for bio diesel!)
Our last stop for the day was at Boise State University for Engineering Day for Kids. BSU puts this event together once a year to help educate kids about the world of science and engineering. It is all very interactive and kid friendly. Since we arrived a little late, we didn't get into some of the really COOL classes, but we were able to ...
Meet and listen to Barbara Morgan (Astronaut from Idaho who flew aboard the shuttle in 2007) share her experience of flying to the moon. Her pictures from space were breathtaking to say the least. ...
And finally, attend a class about Rockets and Satelites.The very best part about this class was that Max (as soon as I sat down) fell asleep for the entire show. Ahhhhh! I loved it.