The younger kids and I met some friends at Reed Gold Mine, which was very cool.
Then we came aboveground and they climbed around anything else they could find.... and I tried to keep them away from large open holes in the ground.
We had no idea this fascinating place was only 30 minutes from us -- and free! We will likely head back soon.
Meanwhile, the oldest child was off on his own "field trip" with friends -- and it was NOT free. A very kind family invited him to Carowinds, his first experience there.
He loooooooved it. Supposedly it was some sort of "Education Day" there, but I'm pretty sure it mostly just a "Ride A Bunch of Roller Coasters" (like normal) day.
I'm pretty glad I wasn't there to witness him on some of these rides (he's up there somewhere in this last picture!).
He grew and learned some important things that day, though, so I'm thankful for that! He, of course, can't wait to go back.