My toddler is currently obsessed with birds. Just to give you an idea, we have an inflatable swimming pool that has been sitting in the middle of our living room the past month rather than outside because my son has turned it upside down and been pretending it is a bird’s nest. He sits in the middle of the “nest” acting like a baby bird and then assigns me the role of the mama bird. Our bird game isn’t complete until the mama bird tosses worms (strands of yarn) into the nest for him to “eat.” As you can imagine, when I told my little bird lover we were going to Breakfast with the Birds at the Tracy Aviary he was beyond thrilled!
Breakfast with the Birds is a special event that helps support the education programs at the Tracy Aviary. My toddler and I invited my mom, aka Nana, to attend with us because we feel the aviary is truly enjoyable for all ages.
When we arrived to the event breakfast from the Park Cafe and other local eateries was waiting for all the guests. The picnic tables that are scattered around the aviary were dressed up with tablecloths and flowers. We enjoyed listening to the band Standard Deviation play while we ate and took in the beauty of the aviary grounds.
Tracy Aviary has been enjoyed by my family for many, many years. My mom visited as a child, she then brought me and my brothers when we were young, my husband and I went on one of our first dates to the aviary, and it is now somewhere we love to bring our own children. Although we have visited the aviary many times, I wasn’t very familiar with their education programs. As part of the Breakfast with the Birds event we participated in several engaging activities to get a little feel for the many amazing programs the Tracy Aviary offers.
Books and Boots is a special storytime where a book about birds or nature is read. You are then led to an exhibit or natural area in the aviary that matches the theme of the book. Isn’t this such a great way to bring books to life for our little ones?! For our “boots” exploration we visited one of our favorite areas, the Owl Forest.
My little man pointed and signed “owl” over and over as he took in the exhibits.
I was excited to learn about another wonderful educational offering for young children ages 2 through 4 years old, Little Chicks Classes. This weekly child and parent class features a special bird visitor, craft, snack, sing along song, and storytime. You can visit the Tracy Aviary website to view the schedule and register. The class fee includes admission to the aviary for the day so you could make quite the outing out of it!
Next we got a sample of what to expect at the aviary’s hands on, science-based camps with the activity Fill the Bill. The kids used a variety of tools like chopsticks and a wrench to discover how birds have adapted to eat different types of foods.
Tracy Aviary’s camps are for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. My two year old loved trying to copy the big kids during this activity!
The Sense-sational Stream Experience was an example of one of the many hands on activities and tours that the Tracy Aviary educators offer free with admission throughout the seasons.
The last activity we participated in was Eco-Art. This was an example of what you can expect from Tracy Aviary’s award-winning Nature in the Park program, which is offered free of charge all year long.
The event ended with a special bird show. The show was entertaining and educational for the kids and adults alike. I thought the trainer mixed humor and educational facts quite well.
We especially enjoyed the appearance of a bird who has been trained to recycle! Between the bird’s trick and the information the trainer shared regarding the importance of recycling, it truly got us talking after the show about what we can do to improve our own efforts to take care of the earth.
We love our visits to Tracy Aviary. The grounds and exhibits are beautiful and well taken care of.
It is exciting and maybe a bit scary to get to see birds like the condor up close and personal!
We always leave having learned something new.
The Breakfast with the Birds event was such an eye-opener for me. While the aviary is a great place to stop by and visit for an afternoon, it is so much more! Whether you are looking for a class to attend with your toddler or you’re a retiree seeking a volunteer opportunity, Tracy Aviary has a host of educational opportunities to help you learn and discover at any age!
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This would turn into a very long post if I tried to share every program, class, and experience offered by Tracy Aviary. I encourage you to visit the Tracy Aviary website at www.tracyaviary.org and explore all their different educational opportunities. Click on the LEARN and SCHEDULE tabs to get started!