ACE Club "A Trip To The Zoo"

We got lucky as it was still the rainy season.  We had a nice sunny hot day to celebrate Canada Day at the Chiba Zoo.  The kids were ready to play and also go for a walkabout to find some animals.  We started off the event with same games that catered to what animals they like.  After we needed to cool down with a craft in the shade.  Since it was Canada day we thought it would be a good idea to make a Canada flag, but we substituted the maple leaf with one of the animals they would see.  The kids used fingers or brushes and created their own animal Canada flag.  It was great to see the kids use their creative skills to create their own flags.  We definitely got to see some new style of flags.  

After the craft was done the kids got to break up into groups.  We had our own ACE Club animal scavenger hunt.  The kids each had their own sheets and had to work together in order to find the different animals throughout the park.  The kids found lions, elephants, kangaroos, flamingos, gorillas and other awesome animals.  Once we finished the scavenger hunt it was time to settle down with a snack and say our good byes.  Of course though with a hot day once snack time was over we had some of the kids jump in the water fountain to cool down and let loose.  It was a great day overall and we are excited to get back at it with our upcoming Summer Camps in Hakuba and Chiba.  Stay tuned for more ACE experiences after Summer Camp season.  

Cheers
ACE Club

Summer is here, but are you ready for the rainy season!?!?

So now the heat has arrived with the rain, or has it? As we get ready to turn on the air conditioners, we also have to embrace the fact that the next month will be a lot of indoor activities.  Long periods of time indoors can make a person start to get the good old cabin fever.  I have two boys that are very active and we always need some new ideas as to what we can do with our children.  I thought I would write this as a way to share some ideas as to what you can do and would also love to hear from you with some other new ideas.  

Some things I like to do with the family is a good old minute to win it challenge series.  Its a series of fun and entertaining games that are done under the time period of one minute.  Some of my favourite minute to win challenges are the elephant march and also the ping pong ball shake it out challenge(see video below).  Another fun thing to do is to make our own non toxic slime.  We use corn flour, water and food coloring.  All you have to do is mix it in a bowl or pan and you have hours of entertainment with the kids.  Its messy but can easily be cleaned up.  If you really want to get crazy you can let it dry and grind it into powder for a powder war once the rain clears up.  

Here are some of my favourite indoor activities.  I am always ready to hear about some other new and fun activities you do.  Please send us a comment or an email as to what you like to do during this rainy season. 

Enjoy the rainy season!

ILO
ACE Club

What to do on a hot day at Summer Camp...

Picture yourself, you are 6-12 year old kid, tired, exhausted, hot and sticky.  The past three days you have been putting yourself through some of the funnest yet exhausting activities for the first time.  After all of that you have some time to relax and what do you want???? ICE CREAM!!! That`s right, at our last summer camp we made our own ice cream from scratch and it was such a big hit that we will do it again at our upcoming camp in Kimitsu, Chiba.  

After preparing all the materials, milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and ice in a bucket we closed it up  After that we wrapped it in blankets and off we went.  The kids got to take turns rolling and throwing it down the hill over and over until it thickened.  The kids themselves came up with their own ideas what to do with it, such as downhill bowling, line jumps and shaking races.  After all of that the kids had the best treat ever...their own ice cream.  Not only did the kids have fun, but all the staff had a great time to making it.  I never made my own ice cream before, but I have to say it was such a cool experience.  I can`t wait to do it again this summer and have a little extra idea how to change it up.  Watch the video and enjoy their experience. 

Cheers

Craig "ILO" Irish

ACE Club