5/24/14 The kids woke up early and excited to hang out at "the beautiful gardens"...aka MO Botanical Gardens. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy free admission to the Gardens and the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden on Wednesdays and Saturdays before noon. Check out their newest exhibit, Nature Connects - Art with LEGO bricks, now through September 7th. We spent the morning at the Children's playground and then walked over to the Japanese gardens to feed the carp. It's best to purchase food at the gift shop located at the entrance, but if you forget (like me!) be sure to have quarters on hand to feed the fish food machines. It was a great morning, however, all fun eventually must come to an end and in our case that happened around 4 p.m. when a horrendous stomach bug made it's way into Noah's system.
|Noah and Natalie pose next to an orchid made from LEGOS.|
|Natalie made a treasure hunt game of sorts for Noah "for when he feels better"|
"He has to cross the bridge...pass the upside-down forest, through the pink hotel, across the meadow and then..."
|Otterly Silly Sibs|
|"I love this place"|
|Noah and Natalie inside one of the newest installments at Laumeier |
This one was created by students at South Tech High School.
5/30/14 Happy 11th Birthday Noah!
|Natalie created a Star Wars inspired scavenger hunt that led him to his gifts.|
|She used her own money to purchase him a DS game...just $5 bucks at Five Below.|
We love that place.
|Months ago we won a gift card to The Pancake House.|
Celebrating with Noah was the perfect time to cash it in.
Pancake House Specials: Dutch baby pancake and blackberry French toast with lemon custard. Yum!
|After breakfast we found a few cakes near the restaurant. |
Brown Shoe Co. founded in 1875 is now a $2.5 billion dollar company.
|Shaw Park, Clayton MO|
Established in 1935 it is one of the city's oldest and largest parks
The Aquatic Center features a 50 m completion pool and Olympic regulation dive tower...
one of the last outdoor towers in the country
|We left Clayton and headed toward Alton. The Clarks Bridge links West Alton MO to Alton IL|
The kids were amazed that we could be in MO one minute and IL the next.
|We spent nearly two hours exploring the museum's numerous hands-on exhibits |
and ended our visit with a private tour of the Melvin Locks & Dam all at no cost.
|Noah loved driving the ferry simulator|
|Steve and Noah checking out the prehistoric gars.|
|Locks & Dam in action.|
|We stopped in at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, but didn't have |
time to take a trip to the top...next time.
|A sweet way to end the day.|
5/31/14 We headed back to Alton to do a bit more sightseeing. Our first stop was at the Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton, MO. The center offers a myriad of hands-on exhibits perfect for keeping my two monkeys occupied. And the best part...it's all free.
|Noah peers through one of several premium spotting scopes available to visitors.|
|Nests of hummingbirds, |
swallows, orioles and more
|We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the wraparound deck.|
|A full-size keelboat. From one side visitors can see the exterior of the boat, but the other side is cut away to show the interior and how provisions for the Expedition were stored.|
|Replica settler's cabin|
|"I wish I could sleep here!"|
|Natalie inside the captain's quarters.|
|Outside the replica Camp River Dubois military camp.|
|Another cake! Alton Visitor Center|
|Lincoln Douglas Debate site located across from the Alton Visitor's Center|
|Piasa Bird on the Great River Road - Alton, IL|
|Natalie stands next to the Robert Wadlow statue...aka The Alton Giant|
The World's Tallest Person - 8 ft. 11.1 inches