Smart Beginnings is a local coalition dedicated to making sure that all kids enter Kindergarten with the skills needed to thrive. I became interested in them when I was teaching Preschool. I stayed interested because I think they do great work and because I have kids in their demographic. So when I heard about their latest fundraiser, I just had to sign up!!
The Charity Tot Trot was a Triathlon for kids ages 2-5. The first part was a vehicle race; kid-powered vehicle, that it: scooter, ride-on toy, bicycle, etc. The second part was a treasure hunt, and the last leg was a foot race. I registered both boys because I figured that if we got there and Benjamin didn't want to participate then we would have just made a nice donation to a charity that we believe in. But if we got there and he wasn't registered, and wanted to participate, then we might be in trouble!
Benjamin was supposed to ride his scooter, but whenever he sees Henry's bike he throws a fit for it, and some things just aren't worth fighting! Benjamin's heat (2-3 year olds) was first. I ended up pushing him on the bike because he can't reach the ground on it. I stayed in the back, so it wouldn't look like we were cheating! When we got close to the part where he would have to put down the bike, I started telling him that over and over again: "Buddy, when we get up to that line we have to put the bike down and go look for a gold medal!!" Did that work?? Not really. He still got upset when he had to put the bike down, but we bribed him with the gold medal. He found that and put it around his neck, but then he wouldn't go to the finish line. He was upset because the CHick-Fil-A cow was standing at the finish line to meet the winners. And he hates that cow!! I actually had to go over and say to the cow, "Mr. Cow, do you mind moving? You make my boy a little nervous and I think he's have an easier time finishing if you moved!" Of course, the cow graciously moo-ved over (ya see what I did there??) and Benjamin finished the race!!
After that we walked around and looked at the vendor information they had. They had a little crossword-type puzzle and if you visited all the booths and had them sign your paper, you could turn your paper in for three chances to win some toys. The boys also rode around the parking lot a bit while we were waiting.
After Henry's heat they gave prizes for the top three finishers and started handing out the raffle prizes. Frances won this Disney Princess Magic Rise Oven, which thankfully only bakes pretend pies and cupcakes.
So after all was said and done, that's where we went!