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The second installment of the Narnia stories has a fresh face -- British actor Ben Barnes was plucked from obscurity to star in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, alongside the four child actors who played the Pevensie siblings in the first film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Although it is only a year later in London, 1300 years have passed since the children left Narnia, and a lot has happened in their absence, notably all the friendly Narnians have been driven underground by nasty King Miraz. The siblings band together with a quixotic bunch of animals - our kids adored the whiskered mouse leader Reepicheep - and battle to restore order, putting the dreamy Prince Caspian back on the Narnian throne. Although the battle scenes were not for the faint of heart (see Red Flags, below), the story unfolds against sumptuous locations that matched our imagined version of Narnia.
The forest is a magical place, and thanks to the folks at our local tree planting organizations, we can enjoy its restorative beauty amidst a major metropolitan city. We often throw on a pair of sneakers and get lost on the windy trails in the comfy cradle of our canyon forest. Our kids especially love to grab flashlights and take hikes under the glow of a full moon. Narnia's lush foliage inspired us to contact a local non-profit arbor organization that organizes family tree plantings and educational hikes, so that our kids would have fun and learn about the environment at the same time. Our kids were lucky enough to spend the day participating in a tree planting sponsored by their school. Together with their classmates, they walked out the school gates to a nearby location and helped to dig holes for young saplings. Each child got their hands dirty, manned shovels and patted soil around the root of a tree that will bloom for years to come. Our own private Narnia!
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A Tree Planting
Age Recommendation: Five and up
Time Allotment: Plan to spend a morning or afternoon
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