In Need of Rescuing

20 Nov

It has been a day of safety

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and rescue.

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We started the day at swimming lessons.   This week was safety week at our swim school.

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The boys swam fully dressed and practised safely jumping into the water with a life jacket on.

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Once in the water the boys had to climb up onto the ‘raft’ and endure a rather rocky ride, which is their favourite part of safety week.

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Various floatation devices were tested

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and pool rescue techniques were practised.

Lots of pool safety fun was had and the boys are counting down the weeks until the next safety week at swimming.

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From the pool, we headed over to Ipswich (a quick hour’s drive away) to visit the Ipswich Art Gallery.

This gallery is always worth a visit.  It has some awesome children’s exhibits throughout the year and if you visit in the afternoon you usually have the place almost to yourselves.

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The current exhibition is called, “Rescue” and it was wonderful!  They’ve transforms the WHOLE gallery for this one exhibit.

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My little men loved the rescue helicopter (and not having to share it with anyone).

But, just a quick tip, don’t fly with them.  They did a lot of skimming across buildings and crashing spectacularly.  They needed more rescuing than they were providing.  🙂
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They did a little better with the jet skis but my men were definitely more interested in being rescue pilots than surf lifesavers.

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Their absolute favourite activity was the ocean ball pit with rescue raft.  They swam around the balls (it’s not nearly as deep as Brayden makes it look), climbed in and out of the raft and spent ages putting balls into the hole in the wall and watching them shoot out of a pipe at the top, perhaps simulating waves washing over you or something.

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There were lots of touch screen tasks, and various hands-on learning activities.  The activity below explored the usefulness of pulleys and how the number of pulleys affect the effort required to do the work.  This was even more fun when Grandma volunteered to sit on the stool.  🙂

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The fire extinguisher task was really clever.  There were four different types of extinguishers and you had to determine what type of fire you had and which extinguisher to use to extinguish it.  This was a good learning tasks for the mums and dads too!

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Ordinarily my boys wouldn’t go near an exhibit like the ‘News Station’, not because they wouldn’t enjoy it, but they wouldn’t feel comfortable performing while others watched on; since we had the gallery almost to ourselves the boys really got into the act of being reporters.
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Brayden had a blast making up his own dramatic reports

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in front of the green screen.  So much fun was had here.

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There was an imaginative play area with a tonne of dress ups and props.  My boys could have hours of fun right there…if Mummy had bought her Kindle to amuse her.  I’ll bring it next time.

Yes, we’ll be returning to visit before they let those school kids loose.

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We highly recommend that our homeschooling friends duck down (literally) to the Ipswich Art Gallery

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if they need rescuing.

Oh and don’t overlook out of the way smaller places like the Ipswich Art Gallery.  It’s well worth getting on their mailing list to find out what’s happening.  This exhibit equals anything the Brisbane Science Centre has had in recent years, and this exhibit was totally free.  You can’t beat that.


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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Field Trips


8 responses to “In Need of Rescuing

  1. JoAnn

    November 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun. 🙂

  2. Shelley

    November 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    We had safety week at our swim school this week – must be the week for it! We did rescue last week & went early afternoon also – it was very quiet & we had such a great time. I think we spent 3hours all up there. My son is a little younger than your boys, however the exhibit was certainly suitable for almost all ages 🙂

  3. Tracey

    November 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    It was good wasn’t it Shelley. My were there for about three hours as well. We could easily have stayed longer but a few school kids arrived after 3ish so we decided to leave them to it since we’d had a really good play already. Ipswich Gallery always has great things for the kids. Have you looked at next year’s line up? It looks good too.

  4. Shelley

    November 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Yes – we went up to the children’s section for 1/2 hour when some other school children arrived as it got a little rough. However, they all left after half an hour & by the time we went back downstairs & had the place to ourselves again!
    We’ve been up there a couple of times & every time have been impressed.
    Must look at next years line-up!

  5. Heidi Wilson

    November 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    MAN I wish we had something like that down here… my own little men (though quite a bit younger than your boys) would LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

  6. Tracey

    November 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Oh yeah, your boys would love it.

  7. Andrew

    November 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Hi Tracey. That looks great. I’m sure the girls would love to come next time you go!

  8. April

    November 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for this post. I was thinking out taking the kids before school holidays started and after reading this… ‘I will”!


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