Grade 8 Trip to Boston
This past Thursday and Friday, April 24 and April 25, the eighth grade of St. Christopher’s went on their third annual Boston, Massachusetts Field Trip. They departed from school at 6:30 AM on Thursday morning. They had about a five-hour bus ride with a pit stop half way before entering Boston.
Upon arrival, at around 11:30, they went to the legendary Quincy Market for lunch. From Japanese food to a popcorn store and from Indian Food to ice cream sundaes it was difficult to choose (although more than half the kids bought chicken fingers).
At 1:00 they went to The Boston Science Museum. The Museum had four floors of interactive fun including math, science, lizard, electricity and body exhibits. After two hours in the Museum, the grade was spilt in two groups and rode on the Duck Tour.
The Duck Tour is a vehicle that was used in WWII. The “duck” is a land vehicle but is also a boat that holds about thirty people. The driver is a Boston Tour guide who tells you about the history of Boston and some amazing facts. After the Duck Tour the whole eighth grade went to the Hard Rock Café for dinner, which included a gift shop.
After dinner they all went to 5 wits featuring TOMB. TOMB was an interactive quest to enter a tomb and replace a pharaoh’s mummy back into his sarcophagus. The beginning of the adventure is pitch black so you are provided with flashlights. The exhibit includes music, lights, “vipers”, puzzles and hieroglyphics which help you get out of the tomb. After 5 wits it was off to the Sheraton hotel.
Each previously assigned group of kids were given their rooms and their keys and were sent upstairs to the seventh floor at 10:00 PM. For a half and hour the kids were allowed to hang out in other rooms, watch T.V. and play music, and keep their doors open. At 10:30 PM all doors were closed and everyone had to be in their own rooms. Chaperones monitored the hall all night while barely any of the kids slept at all. Since all the hotel phones had to be on the for the morning wake up call, all the eighth graders used their hotel phones to call each other’s rooms since cell phones were prohibited. Phones rang off the hook all night as chaperones took shifts and guarded the hall.
At 6:30 AM the hotel sent a wake up call to all rooms. At 7:30AM all the kids had to report to the second floor for breakfast. Breakfast included eggs, bacon, bagels and cereal. After breakfast the kids were sent upstairs to pack their belongings and come downstairs. The luggage was packed back into the bus and they were off to Salem, Massachusetts.
At Salem everyone went to the Salem Witch Museum. The first part of the Museum was a room with a narrator and scenes of witch trials explaining the Salem witch Trials of 1692. After the museum, the kids visited a memorial for the tried “witches” who recently were found not guilty of Witch tactics. Then lunch was served at Brother’s Deli, which served previously ordered salad, grilled cheese and burgers. After the Deli, they visited the House of Seven Gables in Salem.
The House of Seven Gables was owned by many generations of people including the author Nathanial Hawthorne’s cousin. Built in 1668 it was a lesson of true history. After the tour of the house and Nathanial Hawthorne original home (just feet away) it was time to go home.
After approximately four hours of driving they stopped at a McDonald’s off the highway. After driving for about another hour they arrived at St. Chrisopher’s with parents greeting them. They collected their luggage and went home to explain their trip to their families.
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