Well, we still had walking around the park, collecting (old) acorns, playing with the huge bouncy balls and the oversize ball pit (complete with slide entrance), the nature study room and 8,000 blocks to occupy us so we did manage to get some fun in our day!
The popcorn reference? Well, they were having a special event- back to the post-war era. There was an old lolly shop, various games that kids played pre-wii like spinning tops and trading cards and a pongashi stand.
What's pongashi? It's puffed rice. When Meg was little it was one of the only snack foods she could eat as we had to avoid egg, dairy, flour and soba. I had always assumed it was made like popcorn.
But no. Popcorn is for wimps!
This is how you make pongashi:
And I think that particular pongashi making was rather tame compared to the explosion that poor G witnessed right as she walked out the door from the natural sciences room. Seriously it was incredibly bad timing.
And with all the 'We are on terror alert: if you see suspicious packages please call a staff member' (because terrorists are known for targeting under-utilised rural National Parks, right?) poor G grabbed her son to her so quickly she bumped heads. Hard.
The kid was fine (aren't they always?) but Mum headed off to lunch with a sore and slightly wobbly front tooth.
That sort of thing just doesn't happen with popcorn, now does it?
Popcorn might be for wimps but at least it's safe!