Ali's Adventures

June 15, 2012

End of school traditions

Filed under: Adventure,Kids,Move,Vacation — by Alison @ 9:30 pm

Yesterday was E’s last day of Grade 1, or First Grade as they say here. I shouldn’t really call it a school day because they were only there for 2 hours, long enough for the awards ceremony and to receive their report cards. There’s an annual tradition at the school that after dismissal everyone heads over to Golden Gardens beach.

We decided to pack our Subway lunch and head out to the beach as quickly as we could. My plan was to hang at the beach or playground for a bit, and then get home so H could have a short nap. We promised E we’d go out for dinner at Rainforest Café, and without naps that wasn’t going to happen.

We were one of the first families at the beach, and had to move our blankets nearer to a fire pit. I didn’t know that the each had fire pits, but there’s a whole bunch of them at one end. A fire was built and later hotdogs and marshmallows were roasted. We left before the smores started. The group started out small, with mainly families I knew. As it got a bit later, more families arrived with students from the older grades. There were even a few hardy souls in bathing suits frolicking in the water. Of course it’s Seattle so there was very little sun. In contrast to the kids in bathing suits, one of the parents was wearing a toque. I settled on a jacket.

Hanging out on the beach.

The kids had a great time playing in the sand and splashing in the water. H didn’t go into the water, but mainly because every time he headed that way E was already returning. He found moving quickly in the wet sand difficult. He didn’t however have any trouble hanging out with his sister’s friends. We stayed at the beach for about 3 hours. When we got home I rinsed H off and put him down for a nap. E had a full bath and rested before the big dinner out.

I was a bit worried about traffic to the restaurant, as it’s in the south end of the city. I think we timed everything well, because it didn’t take us long to get there, even after picking up Dan at work. The mall was busy. It’s like Bayshore and St. Laurent combined, lot of nice looking stores that didn’t seem to match the surrounding neighbourhood.

The Rainforest Café is a themed restaurant decorated to look like the rainforest, with animatronic animals and a simulated rain storm (with thunder and lightning) every 30 minutes. H was a bit scared, but E really liked sitting by the fountain. The food’s overpriced and E talked us into souvenir cups that ended up being $8!!! I won’t be falling for that again.

After dinner, we had my favourite end of school treat: ice cream. We traditionally go to DQ for soft serve on the last day of school. This tradition was actually started by E’s daycare provider before E even started school. And I am not one to forgo ice cream. This year instead of DQ the kids had Baskin Robbins.

All in all, a great celebration to end a great year.

Saying goodbye to Grade 1.

What are your end of school traditions?


  1. This will be our first time celebrating End of School for Ewan. I am thinking ice cream is a must in creating a tradition 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Krista - The Tech Mom — June 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm |Reply

    • Ice cream should be a part of every tradition! Hope he had a good first year of school.

      Comment by Alison — June 19, 2012 @ 5:15 pm |Reply

  2. So wonderful! I’m going to have to plan something special for N’s last day on Thursday! I love your new tradition of the beach. Sounds fabulous! I’m sure that E loved The Rainforest Cafe. We visited one in Boston a few summers ago. N loved it…very loud, many distractions, over priced gift store…what child wouldn’t love it?! Thankfully we haven’t had an opportunity to be back since. Ha!

    Comment by Tammy Forbes — June 25, 2012 @ 11:47 pm |Reply

    • Hope he had a good last day of school. E’s back at the Rainforest Cafe with her daycamp today, hopefully we don’t have to go back again for a while.

      Comment by Alison — June 28, 2012 @ 5:48 pm |Reply

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