Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Hampshire State of Mind

I spent a good chunk of my weekend in the Granite State. On Saturday, we had our annual Youth and Government at the State House in Concord. I am the advisor for our school's group and this year we had 12 kids take part. It's a 3-day program with one day in March and two back to back days in April. Unfortunately day two, which was Friday, was cancelled due to the snow so we just met this Saturday. It's a great program - the kids get total control of the State House, Supreme Court, and Legislative Office Building and participate in a mock government. They elect leaders and they write bills beforehand, debate them in committee, in the chambers of the House and Senate, they go to to the governor, etc. It's a blast.

Today, after Mass, Lynn and I took the kids to Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH. Within the state park is the Seacoast Science Center which had a big tank where the kids could touch and pick up starfish and other sea creatures. There were other hands on stuff like a boat they could climb in, a ship's control panel where you could "drive" a ship, and an aquarium of fish and crustaceans, including a blue lobster! We spent a good hour or so here and I had to literally drag Kevin out, he enjoyed it so much. We went to the playground for a bit and then took a ride down to Lynn's parent's cottage at Hampton Beach and a walk on the beach.

The state park itself is beautiful but we didn't check much of it out. It will be worth another ride soon.

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