Madeline's first kindergarten field trip was to the Colorado Kids Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Luckily, it was the same pumpkin patch that she went to last year when she was in preschool. After everyone arrived, we split the class into smaller groups. I was in charge of Madeline and two little boys, Nolan and Joshua. Our group wanted to play on the slides first like most of the other kids in the class. They had a blast going up and down the fast slides. Some of the kids used the burlap sacks to sit on but Madeline didn't want to use those this time and just went down like a regular slide. We spent a good 20 minutes at the slides. Then we ventured over to the animals so they could pet the donkeys, llamas, sheep, goats, ponies, and horses. Madeline just loved petting the animals. The boys in our group wanted to milk the pretend cows and so we did that before heading over to the orange jumping pillows. The kids loved jumping and playing over in that section of the pumpkin patch. After their fill of jumping, we hopped on over to the laser tag arena. With mounds of tires stacked everywhere and a raised fort, the kids had fun running around with their laser guns. Then it was off to the large tube swings, musical playhouses, and finally to the cow train. Madeline's cow was named Cowlick and she just loved this ride. They went around the field twice and in various parts of the course there were little hilly sections. The kids quickly ran from that ride over to the corn box. Madeline didn't stay long in that since the corn kept getting stuck in her shoes. We eventually met the rest of her class to eat lunch. Then it was back to the slides before playing the large Jenna, Tic-Tac-Toe and Connect Four games. We went and fed the ponies on our way to go and pick out pumpkins. The kids each got to pick out their own medium sized pumpkin to take home. We took a class photo and then the kids got back on the bus and headed back to school. It was a successful first elementary school field trip for Madeline!
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