After Thanksgiving, we had another fun activity planned: a field trip to the Planetario Nacional (National Planetarium) with the kids from Zone Z. I’d enjoyed our field trip to the Huachipa Zoo with the Zone S kids, but I really wanted to go on the field trip with Zone Z, since I had been teaching one of the classes since August and had spent a lot of time with the other two groups.
For this field trip, we picked up all of the kids on a rented micro/combi. Seeing all of the kids waiting excitedly outside our local for us to arrive was adorable, and as soon as we opened the door to collect them, they tried to rush on. The energy level of the group was high as we traveled for about an hour to Lima, and I spent some time hanging out with all of the kids and taking pictures.
Once we finally got to the planetarium, we headed inside to its theater where the kids got to enjoy plush seats and a video presentation about the universe projected onto the domed screen above our heads. They also really enjoyed washing their hands in the planetarium’s bathroom. 😉
Afterwards, there were a short break, so I took the opportunity to get a group shot of all of the kids outside in the sunshine. Then it was time to head inside for the 3-D presentation. We all got special 3-D glasses and our guide took us through a visual tour of the universe.
After the two presentations, we handed out snacks to the kids and they ran around playing a game of tag. Then we headed back to Huaycán. In the safety of our rented combi, I decided to snap a few pictures of Huaycán, especially the hectic intersection at Quince de Julio, where there are street vendors, mototaxis, and tons of buses and people.
All in all, it was a lovely sunny day spent hanging out and learning with the Zone Z kids. I was really happy I got to spend some time with so many of them outside of the classroom and was able to enjoy their personalities even more! 🙂