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Whenever we’re driving somewhere and the kids see a fire truck, they go berserk!!  “Mommy! Mommy!  It’s a fire truck!” they always say.  Therefore, I thought it would be a great idea to take them to a fire station to see a truck up close.

A friend of mine, whose husband happens to be a fire fighter, told me that children are always welcome to take a tour at any fire station.  I went to the nearest fire station and set up a tour.  It was so easy and they seemed happy to do it.

Today, Engineer Steven Parks gave us a tour.  He’s been a fire fighter for twelve years.  Our appointment was at 10:00am but the catch was they were on duty.  As soon as we got there, a call came in and they had to leave.  We waited outside the fire station for about 15 minutes and then they came back.  Then they got another call (a house fire) and they had to leave again.  We went home to eat a snack then came back at about 11:30am.  That’s when we were able to take a 30-minute tour.

The kids got to see the fire truck up close.

They looked inside the truck at the water tank and different parts.

Then they were shown the medical supplies and other compartments.

The fun part was watching a fire fighter put on his gear in 60 seconds or less.

Then it was time to get in the truck.  Yeah!  This is what the kids were waiting for.  Ephraim was first of course :-).

Then it was Caleb’s turn, but he immediately started looking at the buttons trying to figure out how to turn the engine on.  I told Steve he’d better get him out of there quick.

And lastly, Jeremiah’s turn.  He was okay with the fire fighter holding him until they got inside the truck.  I guess he thought Steve was going to take him away :-D.

We had a fun time  We even got to meet the Fire Chief!  They also gave the kids some goodies; a fire hat, a fire safety workbook and a fireman tattoo.  I will definitely bring the kids back when they get older.  Hopefully they’ll ask more questions then.

Today we visited Clarcona Farm and Stables.  The kids had a blast, especially Ephraim!  As soon as I told Ephraim where we were going for today’s field trip, he could hardly contain his excitement!!!

FYI – Clarcona Farm is NOT open to the public.  You have to make an appointment to visit this farm.  The owner, Linda Wetzstein, scheduled us a tour with her two teenage daughters for $7.50 per child over the age of 2.  The tour lasted for a good two hours, with the option of staying longer to visit with the animals if we liked.

First stop: Meeting the horses!

…then feeding the horses hay.  My kids were not shy at all about feeding the horses.  I thought Caleb might be afraid to do this, but he wasn’t at all.

Second stop: Meeting the bunnies.  At this point, Jeremiah wanted to get out of his stroller to play with the bunnies, ducks and chickens.

This is a “no kill” farm, so the chickens do not get eaten…but they gave us some eggs.

The highlight of the tour was the pony rides!

Caleb’s turn

After meeting the donkeys and riding ponies, we ate some lunch on the picnic tables out in the pasture.  We didn’t have to worry about picking up food we dropped on the ground because the pigs, chickens and roosters were right there to eat it all up.

After lunch, the kids got to go for a tractor ride.  Linda sat on the tractor with each kid and let them drive.  I really wanted to get a picture but my digital camera ran out of memory (it accidentally got pushed to the wrong setting).  Oh well…

Clarcona Farm was a lot fun!  We definitely got our money’s worth and plan on returning soon.  I was told they have a summer camp for kids were they do lots of chores and learn to work on the farm.   I could tell that Linda really loves what she does.  What a great experience we had so close to home.