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Monday, May 28, 2007
St. Louis, Part Two
(This post is from my deleted blog. It does not contain the pics or links from the original post, but I hope to add them at some point.)

Welcome to part two of our St. Louis experience. If you didn't have the opportunity to read part one, click here.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium

On Thursday, we attended a Cardinals' game. My favorite boy was very excited to attend his first Major League game with Dad. He was also thrilled that the Cardinals were playing the Pirates. He played for the Pirates in his coach-pitch league this year, so he cheered for both teams. He wore his Cardinals jersey and his Pirates hat. Let me just say that people in St. Louis love their team, so my son garnered quite a bit of attention with his hat. While wearing it at the zoo, another child pointed at him and exclaimed, "Mom! That boy has on a Pirates hat!" Countless adults made joking comments to him during the week as well. Here are my favorite boy and his dad before leaving the hotel to go to the game. The second picture is of them at the game.

In all honesty, my favorite boy got a little bored with the game. He enjoys watching baseball on TV, and he even likes Minor League games. Major League stadiums, however, are so much bigger; the action is so much further from the seats (unless you are right behind home plate). So...much to Dad's dismay, my favorite boy wanted to spend much of the game in the Family Fun Zone. This kid friendly area has video games, a play place, and batting cages. My best girl and I arrived at the game late because she was napping. When we arrived, she also enjoyed the play area. Here she is playing on a giant pitcher's mound.

The Cardinals won, and overall, we had fun. However, I think Dad will wait a few years before taking his son to another Major League game. Dad likes to watch, and he didn't get to do much of that this time!

The City Museum

I have never visited a place like the City Museum. Basically, it is the largest, most creative playground I have even seen. The bottom floor is called Enchanted Caves. You can crawl through caves, climb into animals, and explore all kinds of tunnels and slides. Other floors contain an art studio, a circus, a toddler area, and more places to slide, climb, and explore. Outside, there is a huge playground called MonstroCity. It is made out of old airplane fuselages, an old fire truck, and more iron than you can imagine. I really can't describe any of the museum adequately, so be sure to click on the link above if you are curious to see what it looks like. Here is my favorite boy in the Enchanted Caves.

Some of the exhibits were a bit overwhelming to my best girl, but she did enjoy this slide in the toddler area.

My favorite boy loved this ball pit. There was another ball pit that was even bigger, but I called him out of there when 3 buses full of middle school kids descended on him.

If you are ever in St. Louis, be sure to check visit the City Museum! I would say that it is worth it for ages 5+. While my favorite boy could have stayed here all day, my best girl (2 1/2) would have been just as happy in the hotel pool.

The Magic House

For both of my children, the Magic House was the highlight of the trip. The Magic House was recently named the #1 attraction in the country for child appeal, and I can certainly see why. Here is a picture of my daughter playing in the Waterworks section of the museum. She loves playing in water, so this exhibit was right up her alley.

One section of the Magic House is called Children's Village. They have a grocery store, bank, electric company, restaurant, library, construction site, etc... Through the middle of the village runs a stream covered by plexiglas. You can catch a magnetic fish in the pond, take it upstream, and then watch through the plexiglas as it swims downstream to the pond. This was so cute! Both my kids spent a good deal of time catching fish and watching them swim back to the pond.

My favorite boy loves numbers, so you can imagine his delight to find this...

Another big hit was the exercise room. Here is Dad helping my best girl do some chin-ups.

I really can't do this museum justice either, so be sure to check the link if you are interested. I highly recommend St. Louis as a great place to visit with kids. There were several more places we didn't have time to visit (Grant's Farm, St. Louis Science Museum, etc...); if you visit St. Louis, you will find many fun, inexpensive places for your family to explore.

We enjoyed our trip so much! Thanks for reading all about it. Tomorrow, Dad will return to work, and we return to a normal schedule. Of course, sometimes that's as welcome as the trip itself!

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