Camp Mama: Rockets

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.

 

Rocket Week
It’s the last week of summer for us in North Texas and we went out with a bang and a fizzle. How did we fill up an entire summer and leave so many things out? I guess summer is like vacations: you always want to leave something you didn’t do so you’re excited for next time.

Monday – Baking Soda Bottle Rockets
A friend texted me several weeks ago asking if I had a rocketry week planned, and if so she would love to do an experiment she had found on youtube. How could I say no? I said “pick a day!” We followed basically this idea, but instead of making stands for the rockets we just put them in a pitcher to keep the bottle upright. Once we got the hand of out it made rocket after rocket after rocket. We went through two boxes of baking soda, all the vinegar and the neighbour-friend’s vinegar jug as well. The squeals of delight from all of us when that bottle shot up in the air never waned. I’m telling you friends, rockets never get old.

The spray as the rocket takes off was so much fun. Getting a photo of the rocket as it takes off is impossible (believe me, I tried for an hour.)
The spray as the rocket takes off was so much fun. Getting a photo of the rocket as it takes off is impossible (believe me, I tried for an hour.)

Tuesday – Stomp Rockets
We’ve learned our lesson playing with our stomp rocket at home, invariably a rocket gets lost in the tall oak trees and can take days to come loose. This time we played it smart and went to the school fields before letting loose. It was so much fun and the baby squealed with glee every time the rocket shot off.

This kid gets serious air. It's pretty awesome.
This kid gets serious air. It’s pretty awesome.
It's a simple design, but we talked a fair amount about propulsion and friction. As it turns out a fully-inflated balloon is slow to spin but as the final air in the balloon escapes it spins much faster.
It’s a simple design, but we talked a fair amount about propulsion and friction. As it turns out a fully-inflated balloon is slow to spin but as the final air in the balloon escapes it spins much faster.

Wednesday – Balloon Rocket Pinwheels
We did continue our stomp rockets when another friend came over with his (and lost one in the tree across the street, but fortunately there was a lot of wind that night and we retrieved it the next morning.) We also experimented with little balloon pinwheel rockets. I had planned on something more dramatic but chickend out of all my incendiary ideas. (I haven’t given up on them completely, but am waiting for more adult assistance and a big parking lot, I think.)

Thursday – Ultimate Rocket fail
Emboldened by all the kids have done this summer, and a little tired, we spent our final day of Camp Mama back at my friend’s place. We handed them instructions and materials for the Trouble Makers’ Ultimate Rocket and we left them to it while we chatted inside. Ten minutes later we saw our Lost Boys running barefoot through the grass, the pvc pipe broken and being used as a prop in their play. I half-heartedly chided them because I had just come from the store with two pop bottles and dumped the contents down the drain (no one in either of our families actually drinks that stuff, especially not the cheap gut rot I bought for the purpose of using the bottles.) But really, we had had such a great summer I didn’t care what they did so long as we didn’t end up at the ER before the day was over. So we didn’t make the ultimate rocket, but the summer was a complete success.

Crab nachos. I repeat: crab nachos. I'm already craving more.
Crab nachos. I repeat: crab nachos. I’m already craving more.

Friday – Fort Worth adventuring and Crab House Pre-Opening
My husband took the day off to spend with me as my birthday would be too busy to focus on me. We went back to the Kimbell, starting with the building we hadn’t been able to see last month during Art Week. We explored it all, all the exhibits and the children’s room and the grounds. We explored around the city as much as the deluge allowed, we had a torrential rain start when we finished up at the Kimbell!

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This is just a small part of the enclosed outdoor play space for children.

That evening we went to the private opening of Craft & Crab Seafood House in Colleyville. I loved the themed outdoor play area and the kids did too: rain couldn’t keep them from playing. The food was delicious and I’m eagerly awaiting their formal open so we can go back! The restaurant was very well staffed and they were all incredibly friendly. The atmosphere was clean and casual and fun. Located right on 121 it’s easy to get to from anywhere in DFW and I highly recommend you make a stop!

Baby tried to get in on the Alaska King Crab action -- who could blame him?
Baby tried to get in on the Alaska King Crab action — who could blame him?

 

 

 

 

And that’s it, friends. We packed so much living into our summer, we learned many new things, we played with friends, we explored and discovered, we wore ourselves out, and we have even more on the list of things we anticipate doing in the future. Life is good.

Heather

Previous Camp Mama themes: Greek WeekFranceJunior ChefEconomicsJapan, RoboticsArtHarry PotterMake It Move!, and Olympics.

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