"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Friday, April 20, 2007

Sunjata and the Playground

Thursday morning we hit the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord for "Sunjata", an African drumming performance. Unfortunately, we had to take Caden since Grandma has relisted into 3rd grade, (filling in for a teacher who passed away unexpectedly).

Caden alternated between happily dancing and clapping with bursts of baby frustration (read: back arching, head throwing and body twists). I was exhausted after that hour.

We were so excited about the nice weather we decided to visit Keach Playground to get some much needed fresh air and exercise! Gabriel's snarky t-shirt message fully explained our joy at spending the beautiful day outdoors while the rest of the audience boarded buses back to school. :P
After all that we bombarded McDonalds with our hungry bellies.

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