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Page 43 of 75 44 Parenting OC Magazine | April 2017 Government Getaways Government Getaways Miss Abigail Goes to Washington (and So Can You!) Twelve-year-old Abigail, a native of Huntington Beach, was born with a congenital heart condition. She has endured three open- heart surgeries and additional operations throughout her short life. Although she has faced many challenges because of her condition, she doesn't let it get in her way from succeeding in school. Abigail has always enjoyed learning and has developed a fasci- nation with the government and how it works. On Friday, March 17, Abigail learned her Make-a-Wish wish to go to Washington D.C. to learn more about the nation's history, would soon be granted. She attended the Harbour View Elementary Jog-A-Thon as a special guest and was surprised by Huntington Beach Mayor, Barbara Delgleize. After a short discussion about local government, Abigail was called to the podium where the Mayor revealed her wish in front of nearly 800 elementary students. If your kids share Abigail's interest in the inner workings of the political system, try one of these Government Getaways to combine education with a whole lot of family fun. A bonus for families traveling in April — most of our country's historical sites have been classified as National Parks. To celebrate National Park Week, families can enjoy free entrance during the weekends of April 15-16 and April 22-23. National Park Service Junior Ranger Program "Explore, Learn, and Protect!" The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family. The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity based program conducted in almost all parks. Interested youth complete a series of activities during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate. The April Cherry Blossom Festival draws visitors from around the world. Trips with Kids By Sascha Zuger

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