After just a few minutes' research, I wanted to stay for a week. I was especially taken by a project local second-graders did for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission - a kid-made tour of the city, with kid-made activities to do at each spot. (See here, scroll down.) Love it.
But we only had a half-day. I thought maaaaybe we can squeeze in two things, but probably just one. It seemed City Museum was not to be missed, so we went there first, more out of curiosity than certainty, hoping to visit the Gateway Arch briefly on our way out of town.
The thing about City Museum in St. Louis is that there are actually no adequate words to describe it. One website tries by saying, "Explore the unexpected at this exciting, interactive museum for children and adults. A mixture of funhouse, playground and architectural marvel." But those words do not quite do it. Others that may come to mind, like labyrinth, rebar, fantasy, concrete, caves, slides, hidden tunnels, scrap metal, shoelaces, body skate park, industrial design, maze, Tim-Burton-meets-Dr.-Seuss, mosaic, and wonderland, also do not even scratch the surface. Two days later, I am still speechless. All I can say is, I don't know when, but we are going back. As often as possible. And I recommend it to EVERYONE.
Pictures don't do it justice, either, but I still couldn't help taking some anyway.
|This is what you see from the parking lot. And you know you're going to have a good time.|
|As soon as we got there, the girls climbed up this tunnel.|
|You can hardly tell but this is a snack area. See the table/bench under the stairs?|
|The underground labyrinth. Too dark and tight-spaced to take good pics. A kid's dreamland.|
|There were even some real museum-y rooms.|
|Concrete slide bowl; Poppy instinctively chose the section right for her (green pants to the right; Hazel is in the pink coming down.)|
And then we went outside.
|Ginger is the middle person up there in the tunnel...and I took that picture from one story up; at the highest, it was four. She was fearless!|
Even though we had a hard time getting there. Turns out it was the day before St. Patrick's. Which I knew but didn't think about. They had a fun run followed by a parade downtown. Just used my trusty iPhone to navigate around things, but we did lose some time.
Everyone was tired, hungry, and very sweaty when we left. Poppy fell asleep before we were out of the parking lot. Which kind of dashed hopes of visiting Gateway park. So instead, we pulled over, jumped out for a few pictures, jumped back in, and drove off down the highway.
Then we had to make some hay on the road. We drove late into the night, with just a small supper in Indianapolis, landing exhausted in Richmond, Indiana, and only getting so-so sleep thanks to Poppy who was restless and kicking everyone.