We started off our fun with a stop at the St. Louis Science Center. The kids loved the dinosaur area, the tornado and earthquake simulations, the rock climbing wall, and the math area. Briggs also thought it was pretty great getting to sit in a combine and on a tractor. Winning!
Fun times in the dinosaur area
Posing with the multi-colored tornado simulator
Driving the combine
Monday in St. Louis was 85 degrees and sunny, so we took full advantage by spending the ENTIRE day at the zoo. (Remember how it snowed a week ago and now our kids were complaining about being too hot??) We saw lots and lots of animals, rode the carousel and the train, played in the Children's Zoo area, watched the Sea Lion show, and cooled off with some shade and ice cream. I absolutely love the St. Louis zoo, so I'm glad my family does too.
Family time at the zoo.
(We ditched the coats about 5 minutes later and were sweating by the afternoon.)
Riding a tiger!
And a snow leopard!
Briggs loved riding the train. He would have done that all day.
We followed our zoo day with another favorite...the Magic House Children's Museum. This is always a favorite for our kids, but it was even better this time because my friend, Jenny, met us for the day with her 5 year old twins. What a treat!! Playing in the climber and sliding down the big slide were listed as highlights by my girls, although they also loved the village area and the building/art areas. And Briggs really enjoyed the water area.
Adelie and Staley with Mason and Maddy
No surprise that this guy found some rubber ducks to play with.
We rounded out our week of fun by exploring a new place called Myseum. You can't go wrong when you mix bouncy houses and mazes with hands-on science fun and imaginary play activities. The girls really liked the shadow room, the maze, the fun house mirrors, and building with magnets. And Briggs's favorite was (no surprise) the train table.
The arch building pro
Cool plasma experiments
Briggs also liked the glowing shape wall
And because we didn't feel like we'd fit in QUITE enough fun, we stopped at the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate factory for a free tour (and samples) on our way out of town.
Ready for our tour in our cool hats
And, of course, no trip would be complete without visiting some of our favorite restaurants, trying out some new places, swimming at the hotel, and playing at Turtle Park.
We enjoyed a carriage ride after a yummy dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory
We tried out the World's Smallest Hot Fudge Sundaes at the Fountain on Locust
We climbed on turtles at Turtle Park.
And, of course, found time to go swimming twice at the hotel pool.
We love our St. Louis week-ends, and this one was no exception.
Hooray for Spring Break!!