I always try to get us outside for lunch. We walk to civic center plaza and play on the two playgrounds there.
We have a new kid today. I guess the field trip was a majorly huge deal for him. He couldn’t stop bouncing around while we put them on the crocodile(leash). We were going on a field trip! He was just as excited when we came back to the center. He kept repeating “we goed on a field trip!”
We stayed a whole hour. We saw a special dragon platform that was built for the Chinese New Year. It totally impressed the kids. Actually it impressed me. The kids got to run around and play ball and climb and swing and be regular kids for an hour. I hadn’t thought about it much, but it really is a huge deal for these kids to be “normal.” They spend all day in a shelter, being told what to do,and in an environment that isn’t always stable or conducive to being a kid. But today y got to play!! for some of them, it was almost like a prison break.