We always have a great time when school is dismissed for a holiday, and Monday was no exception. We started the day by visiting the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake and were greeted by eagles, pelicans, toucans, vultures, condors, cranes, swans, parrots, and every other bird you might imagine. The kids were particularly impressed with a peacock displaying his beautiful tail feathers and several families of ducks with newborn ducklings, all of which were roaming freely in the aviary.
Afterwards, we headed to Liberty Park for picnic lunches and play. We got wet, played on the playground, relaxed, and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. It was a beautiful day to be outside.
After returning home and showering, we prepared for the evening’s activities – a visit from actors of the Salty Dinner Theater company. We decorated the tables for some fine dining and dressed in our best formal 1920’s attire, in harmony with the musical “Mafia Murder Mystery” we were about to witness.
After the actors and technical crew set up, the actors escorted the students to their seats and mingled with them, dropping clues about characters and motives. With funny dialogue and revamped versions of popular and musical theater songs, the actors unfolded the plot, involving the kids in the action in creative and hilarious ways as they ate dinner. The students had the chance to make accusations at the end of the night and “punish” the culprit(s) with consequences of their choosing. Afterwards, we danced and mingled some more with the actors.
We are looking forward to another week off of school this coming week… more details to come!