July 31, 2014
We got back from St. Louis last week and I have to say, it was the perfect trip. The kids were EXCEPTIONALLY good THE.WHOLE.TIME.
The nice thing about STL is that it’s relatively a short drive from us. Just when we were starting to get sick of being in the car, we arrived.
Our first full day was spent at the zoo (which is beautiful and huge and FREEEEEE).
Our second day was spent at Meramec Caves. This was an hour drive from our hotel, but totally worth the trip.
And if you couldn’t tell from cave pictures, we also had a Cardinals game planned for later that day.
The kids made it through 8 innings which was pretty impressive. It was hot and we were in the sun the whole game. Lots of cold frosty drinks kept them happy for a few hours. We tried to stay for the whole game because kids got to run the bases after, but once we saw the line of kids everyone opted to just leave and find dinner. (I was secretly glad they didn’t want to stay as fun as that would have been for them).
Day 3 was by far the highlight of our trip. City Museum has got to be one of the coolest, most imaginative places I’ve ever been. The kids’ heads exploded multiple times that day. (Get ready for picture overload).
When we arrived, the staff suggested that we start on the roof and work our way down. This is the view from the top. Wow. (See the school bus hanging off the edge???)
City Museum is FULL of slides. The 10 story slide that starts at the roof leads out into deep dark caves. It’s unbelievable. All the caves have separate little nooks and cranies the kids can crawl through that lead to different places. We lost our kids a few times…..
There were also a couple of “trees” the kids could climb in and through. This one had a tunnel at the base of the tree that led to the basement. I never went down there but the kids said there were more caves and slides.
We stayed open to close and there were a few tears shed when it was time to go. We’ve added this place at the top of our to-do list for every time we’re in St. Louis.
And last but not least, before heading home on the last day we decided to head downtown to City Gardens. This is 2 city blocks of giant sculptures and water features for kids.
Before we left we attempted to get a family photo with the self-timer on the camera. Not too bad! We all left St. Louis with a smile. It was a great trip.