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Come early to participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes, explore the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and learn about film digitization and care with event sponsor Roots Family History.
As in previous years, live music, rides and children's games will be featured as well as horse, art and flower shows, livestock exhibits and a scavenger hunt.
Indoor activities include a program scavenger hunt, demos of fall programs such as karate, dance, basketball, swimming, gymnastics and more, plus enjoy pool activities and water slides.
From Tuesday through Thursday, its celebration in Vanderbilt Hall will offer children face painting, science demonstrations, scavenger hunts and New York Transit Museum artifacts to observe, as well as refreshments for sale.
For these large-bodied scavengers, the rainforest is a vast buffet featuring dishes from carcasses to festering wounds on living animals to every imaginable type of poop.
When one of the animals dies—on the Flying D Ranch, about 2 percent to 3 percent of the herd perishes each year—the carcass is simply left for scavengers.
Naper Settlement adds a hobby-horse obstacle course, wool carding, animal collage art, pioneer animal furs, animal tracks and an animals-in-paintings scavenger hunt.
Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Ocean program—for kids ages 6 months to 17 years—provides a range of options from music classes, science experiments, and scavenger hunts to teen dances, pool parties, and karaoke.
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Did You Know?
You might guess that "scavenger" is a derivative of "scavenge," but the reverse is actually true; "scavenger" is the older word, first appearing in English in 1530, and the back-formation "scavenge" came into English in the mid-17th century. "Scavenger" is an alteration of the earlier "scavager," itself from Anglo-French scawageour, meaning "collector of scavage." In medieval times, "scavage" was a tax levied by towns and cities on goods put up for sale by nonresidents, in order to provide resident merchants with a competitive advantage. The officers in charge of collecting this tax were later made responsible for keeping streets clean, and that's how "scavenger" came to refer to a public sanitation employee in Great Britain before acquiring its current sense referring to a person who salvages discarded items.
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