We weren’t sure we would do a trip at all this summer, since we’re putting as much money as we can find towards our new place. But, it’s also necessary to escape the madness, too. So, we went to our old standby, St. Louis!
We left on a Friday morning. We were road trippin’ old-school style with three kids in the back seat of our car. Our van has some transmission issues, so we don’t take it far. They mostly got along.
We got into the St. Louis area for lunch and then went to The Magic House. We keep thinking it will be our last trip there, but it really is a fun place for the kids. They are in the process of updating some exhibits, too, so we got to see some new things. And we had a Groupon, so …
It was a little more crowded than we’ve seen in the past, so the kids were kind of annoyed at first. As though no one else is allowed to be there. 😉 In the construction area, there were lots of funny conversations about designing a house. You can tell they have been watching HGTV and that we are building a house. I can’t remember exactly what Paige was talking about, but it was something to do with a bedroom. “But, it’s a MASTER,” she said.
Then we went to the “town,” which is a highlight for the kids and not so much for the adults. “This town needs more benches,” Ben said as we were sitting on the only bench and watching other parents stand around watching their kids play. Below, Andrew was writing himself a check for billions of dollars at the bank.
A cute waitress took my order at the pizza place. You can see the store manager and his assistant in the background. Andrew was with the money. Of course.
Paige also served us at the ice cream stand. So, both girls performed their Mom’s old jobs (Baskin Robbins in high school and valentino’s Pizza in College.) We explored many other areas of The Magic House …
On Saturday, we had a morning swim and then went to the Missouri Botanical Center, a place we had never visited before.
and headed to Forest Park. We saw a statue of a guy on a horse. I don’t remember exactly what Ben said, but it was something along the lines of, “Do you see that statue of the guy riding the horse? It’s Saint Louis. He was a king.” Morgan immediately replied, “I’m going to marry him!”
Andrew is in a WWII kick right now, so the boys watched the D-Day: Normandy 1944 movie in the Omnimax theater while the girls explored some other exhibits. The movie got over 15 minutes after the Science Center closed, which we thought was odd. They made us girls sit on a certain bench until the movie was over.
We concluded our evening with Ted Drewes frozen custard for supper and an evening swim back at the hotel.
Much of our Sunday was detailed in the Sunday Hike #8 post, but here are a few more pics from that day.