Plant a Tree, Pet a Lizard, Carry a Snake – Bake and Eat a Pita Too

January 24, 2011

There are places we go to because I love watching Mishy play. There are places I love because I get to explore with Mishy and learn things I have forgotten long ago and there are some places I never want to leave and wish I was a child again so I can spend days playing by running in the grass, petting and feeding the animals, listening to music, being in nature, playing ping pong, throwing the basketball into the basket, eating popcorn, making pita bread, trying new and adventurous things, and just being joyful. Shalom Institute is one of those rare places in which spending seven fun filled hours seem much too little. We would have stayed longer except the event we were there for was only five hours long. (They were very gracious in letting us leave slowly.) We have found Mishy’s summer camp – in a few years when she’s six years or older. In the meantime, we will be visiting Shalom Institute at all of their festivals throughout the year and may stay with them for a weekend during one of the family camps. (Their next family camp is in May.) We were at Shalom Institute this Sunday for their annual Tu B’Shvat Festival – a festival to celebrate the birth of trees. Here is a photo essay of our time there.

Feeding one of their two ponies.

Petting a goat while he scratches a tree.

Relaxing together

The animals at Shalom Institute are friendly, yet respectful and you can trust them completely. I felt very safe letting Mishy roam around in the animal stall.

Watching others jump in one of two bouncy houses which were set up for the event.

Touching a Tegu lizard, native to Argentina, brought by Reptile Family

Reptile Family is a family owned business set up to educate children of all ages about reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. They visit schools, preschools, and do birthday parties and corporate events.

Making a wax mold of Mishy's hand - trial run

Holding the wax mold of her hand

Wax Creation’s hand molds were very popular throughout the day. Mishy still cannot stop looking, touching and comparing her mold.

Watching the lemonade smoothie being made by man power

Drinking lemonade

Mishy and Babba connecting while eating popcorn

Watching Robbo perform

Robbo, a Parent’s Choice winner and father was one of the highlights of the stage shows.

Posing with a Burmanese Python

Shaping the dough to make pita bread

Cooking the pita bread on a hot stone

Details:

http://www.shalominstitute.com/

For their camp programs, including an upcoming Women’s Retreat in March:

http://www.campjcashalom.com/yearroundprograms/index.php

Reptile Family:

www.reptilefamily.com

Wax Creations – which makes rainbow wax molds:

www.waxcreation.com

Robbo – Parent’s Choice Winner:

http://www.blanketkid.com/

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2 Responses to “Plant a Tree, Pet a Lizard, Carry a Snake – Bake and Eat a Pita Too”

  1. erica stern Says:

    Bummed we missed it. Looks like an amazing place!! Next time for sure!!

  2. Carol Says:

    What a fabulous festival. Thanks for taking so many pictures to share with all of us. It clearly looks like you both had a lot of fun.
    Namaste, Carol
    http://www.intentionalconsciousparenting.com


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