Each year, the Valkenhaus crew makes our way to South Bass Island and Put-in-Bay for Midsummer and the kick-off to our Midsummer celebrations ending with a Science Fair over the 4th of July (American) holiday.
We meet at Hooligans as an annual tradition and have lunch. So good!
Afterward, we enjoyed the park. The girls caught Mayflies and Stephen and Kirstie and posed at the fountain!
Samantha - Peter & Ivonova - Stephen and Kara on the ferry.
Stephen & Kirstie with the youngest shield maidens.
Norse Father "loading" one of the girls into the cannon! (No children were harmed in the loading of the non-working cannon...)
Our awesome t-shirts this year have our Norhalla company logo and proudly states, "It's a Viking Thing"!
Alyssa & Samantha changed into their Pyrate garb for Put-in-Bay's annual Pyrate Fest!
Pyrate Samantha looking absolutely drop-dead fabulous!
Samantha & Aylssa terrorized the island! Samantha entered a couple of costume contests and placed 2nd and 4th.
Meanwhile, the little big girls played and visited the butterfly house and had a great time!
It was a great day and another awesome year!
Midsummer Celebrations continue with our Science Fair!
Our Viking ancestors embraced science and technology - so do we! To celebrate our "Viking-ness" we hold a Science Fair!
Kara gave a presentation on Metamorphosis. She has been watching and feeding her caterpillars through the pupa (chrysalis) stage and final change to butterflies.
Ivonova used dyed water with flowers to show how the vascular system for plants work.
Peter demonstrated how the acidity of vinegar breaks down the calcium in an egg shell leaving a "naked egg".
Using bottled water purchased at a local grocery, Stephen and Kirstie used a water test kit to show the acidity or alkalinity of water.
We then moved outside to continue the Fair!
Alyssa and Rayne inflated a balloon with a vinegar & baking soda carbon dioxide gas. Then experimented with different methods to cool room temperature water the quickest (a salt bath works best!).
Samantha held fire and demonstrated how a lighter fluid soaked cotton ball (100% cotton) doesn't burn your hand when you keep it moving. (Do not try this one at home without understanding the science)
Using Mentos and Diet Coke, Norse Mother showed the chemical reaction between the two.
Norse Father had the experiment that everyone had fun with: launching a vinegar and baking soda pop bottle rocket!
Norse Father, Stephen, and Samantha all launched pop bottle rockets. Peter played with ideas for a better timer later in the afternoon!
The whole crew had a lot of fun doing the experiments and the little warriors asked questions and learned how things work!