Strike it Rich!
The kids have great fantasies about being gold prospectors when they grow up. They love all things related to rocks and minerals. Two years ago for Christmas, we bought Bubaloo a pair of goggles and pickaxe so that he could bust up rocks. Bella is more fascinated by quartz and other crystals that come from the earth.
This is why during our annual trip to visit Nana and Papa, we finally heeded the call of the Timmins Gold Mine Tour. After we suited up, put on our hardhats and headlamps, we descended into the old Hollinger mine. We spent about 1.5 hours underground learning about mining (including riding in a mine car and seeing a whole vein of gold in the rock), another .5 hours touring the above-ground site, and wrapped up our adventure with an opportunity to pan some tailings to find gold. Bubaloo went for bust, while Bella found some copper.