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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Break -Part 2 (or On Being Snowed In: St. Louis Style)

Part 2 of our Spring Break...

Thursday of our week off we drove to St. Louis, MO.
(It's about a six hour drive from here.)

What is fun to do in St. Louis for families? (Just for you, Kelly!)
Our top picks:

1. City Museum 
(This is honestly the main reason we go to St. Louis.)


An old shoe factory that's been converted into the most awesome artist colony you've ever
seen.  Artists have turned empty spaces into a magical wonderland for both children and adults.
Your imagination can go crazy (and so can the kids!)  Plan to spend an entire day here.   This is the most expensive thing we do in STL and it's around $13 a head I think.
There are lots of clubs and restaurants in this area also so you won't be bored!
city museum stl
My kids want to live here!

Inside the "caves" 15 story slide!

Opera Poster exhibit I adored

Waiting to hear it play

2. Forest Park (Home of the 1904 World's Fair)
So many things to do IN the park (and many for FREE)- We've been in the summer and rented bikes there- that way you can explore the park and go from attraction to attraction. 
  • St. Louis Zoo (FREE, and as my happy husband said "They have BEER!" If you park in the zoo's lot it costs $10, but you can also park along streets in park for free.)
Beautiful butterflies
  •  St. Louis Science Center (free)

  • Grand Basin (or the grounds where you can fly kites, picnic,  or just let the kids run- and free)
We happened upon a nice guy flying a kite so high up you could barely see it.  He let us all "fly" it for a bit and talked about the science of kite flying. 
My family visiting the second silver tree in a week- second state!
  • Missouri History Museum

  • St. Louis Art Museum (free)
 
Dear Old St. Louis
3.  Fitz's American Restaurant
In the DelMar loop- A fun family place to go after the park, Fitz's makes their own Root Beer and soda right there.  You can see the bottling plant working while you eat. 
Be warned- This is a float SPLIT in 1/2!

 4.  The Gateway Arch  (This was the first time we didn't stop to see it.  You can ride up to the top, or just explore the park and the Museum of Westward Expansion under the arch which is free.)

5. Anheuser-Busch Brewery 
(We didn't visit the brewery this time either.  It's a neat FREE tour of the factories and stables for the Clydesdale horses.  I find the history and actual factory very interesting.  Some like the free sampling and snacks at the end of the tour... Kids like the horses the best I think.)  Grant's Farm is also supposed to be a really neat place to visit but it wasn't open this trip due to weather.

My honey had to work the next week so our plan was for us to drive up and stay til Sunday morning, and he'd fly back the following week after working at his company's office there.

However, Mother Nature had other plans!  Snow started Saturday night and by Sunday morning this was our view from the hotel...
Snow Dancers Outside the hotel
 12 inches of snow by the time it was over!
Another day of vacation is never a bad thing, right?


On the way back we stopped at Lambert's Cafe "Home of the Throwed Rolls" in Sikeston, MO.



Really a fun place for kids- they actually yell "ROLLS?" and if you want one you raise your hands and have to catch them.  Really hot, good, homemade rolls.  Wish the butter was real...
The kids liked the giant drinks and all through the meal they come around asking if you want this or that.  Make sure you're hungry or share a meal.  We shared and still had leftovers for days. Oh, and they don't take credit cards...(this is when a teenage daughter who doesn't spend money comes in handy- Thank You, E.)

For more fun in St. Louis check this out:
They have a great food festival Labor Day weekend that's FREE and fun!
 St. Louis in Fall

*If you're driving up from LR, also check out Blue Owl Bakery in Kimmswick, MO (fun!), Mastodon State Park and Museum of Transportation right before you get to St. Louis.  REALLY fun with kids! 
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