This is a partial shot of the Magic House, in St. Louis. The entire front "yard" is an interactive garden, where there were things like the begonia powered kaleidoscope, giant foam tinkertoys, a fountain to play in, a footbridge and gorgeous blooming flowers everywhere.
We took our 8 year old niece on Wednesday evening, when they are having a free family night (through the end of August). We had a blast. She climbed the three story beanstalk 5 times! It consisted of big "leaves" and knotted ropes that formed a netting, and was FULL of climbing children, going every which a way. lol
All part of this:
There was an Alice in Wonderland exhibit that came from San Jose, CA
All kinds of neat stuff there too. It was really a neat place and was great seeing all the families and children running around.
This is the Under Construction Zone. They got to put on hard hats, tool belts, and goggles, and climb around and do plumbing work and shovel gravel and sit in a caterpillar earth mover. They could hammer, screw, drill and let their imaginations run wild. (Uncle Pat had to help get the tool belt on...he had at least as much fun as the wee one.) lol
There was lots of awesome art on the walls, and so much going on...it was exhausting! There was a Solve the Mystery area, an electric area, a kitchen area and a camping area. There was a Supreme Court and Oval Office area in another section that was all about government. There was a Poet Tree, where you could write your poem on a leaf shaped paper and hang it on a branch. There was the electromagnetic ball, where you could go stand on the platform and let the static electricity shoot your hair out from your head and stand on end.
So much...such a sensory overload for this old woman...I'm tired just writing about it. We all fell into bed totally exhausted last night and slept the sleep of the dead. lol
Today, the grandson came and we all went to lunch and then the three of us headed to Cahokia Mounds and the Indian Museum...but that's a post for another day. I have taken tons of pictures and will take more, since tomorrow we are going to the St. Louis Zoo. My plan is to make a scrapbook for her of her summer "vacation" with her old auntie, using the pictures and other things I have picked up. Won't that be fun??
My body is screaming for rest...we had an easy supper tonight, and then the four of us played a silly board game for a few hours. The kids danced to the 50's&60's rockn'roll radio I had playing and they watched a movie for a bit and are now both sound asleep. We are having such a great time...
Goodnight all...pleasant dreams and here's hoping you can find time in your busy life to just PLAY.