Sunday, March 8, 2009
Before I even start talking about our trip down to Rancho Palos Verdes for the once-a-year Whale of a Day event, I'd just like to say: Ian is completely and totally responsible for CC's outfit. Yes, Daddy dressed Toddler in the blue/green dress with pink sweatpants and Elton John shades, and I'm not taking any responsibility.
Now, where were we? Right. Whales.
Whale of a Day is an annual event that takes place at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska to Baja California.
On the grounds of the Center, which are sprawling and sit directly above the Pacific and adjacent to the gorgeous Point Vicente Lighthouse, the festival features all sorts of children's activities such as face-painting, storytelling and games. There was even one spot where kids could make their own whale hat. CC fell for that, hook, line and sinker.
But not as hard as she fell for fishing for pirate's booty out of a small, plastic kiddie pool. Without hesitation she grabbed one of the kid-size nets and started rooting around for baby gold. Truthfully, I don't even think she noticed the plastic coins and brightly colored rings at the bottom of the shallow pool. She just wanted to swing something around and splash it in the water.
It was when other children who had been waiting got their chance at the treasure that CC took exception. I honestly think she could have fished all day -- which I guess would've been appropriate for the event, but decidedly inappropriate for healthy socialization. Thank God for whale hats and drums (see above video), is all I have to say.
And thank God for Kirstin. My friend Kirstin from work gets the award for finding the most fun, kid-friendly adventures around the city that cost -- wait for it -- nothing. Yes, the Whale of a Day event was especially cost-friendly in these stressful economic times. Kirstin, our wallets are a little less tremulous thanks to you.
Oh, and if you're wondering if we saw any actual whales, the answer to that is a definite maybe. Ian saw a blast of water blow straight up out of the ocean, which triggered one of the watchers to ring a bell. We were a little busy chasing our own little 3-foot baby whale around the festival to spend much time gazing out at sea, so I'd say it was a success -- a little high-five from the big guys in the ocean.
Point Vicente Interpretive Center
31501 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Museum hours: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.