It didn't take a lot of Googling to come across this wonderful place. It is called The Magic House and is simply amazing! We were there for hours and could have stayed for so many more.
Mr Burns... no, it was suppose to be the hubs. Fail!
There is a GIANT beanstalk that goes from the bottom floor to the top floor. I think it is 3 or 4 stories. It has some tiny spots so the Hubs and I didn't go in but we watched Chaz climb up and down for close to 45 minutes. He thought it was so cool. It was one of the things he saw on the brochure and really wanted to do in person.
And he found a thinking rock. Love this face!
The City Museum, I had heard a little about it but I don't know that I expected what I was about to see. I know I didn't. When I told the rest of the crew I was taking them to an "interesting kids museum" they all looked at me like I had 90 heads.
Love them!! Pure sweetness!!
This museum is an amazing showing of art and architectural design. There are slides and tunnels and climbing trees........it is awesome and beautiful!!
When we were in the elevator on the way up to the roof I noticed a sign that said "You must be completely dry to reenter the building" I thought to myself 'hmmmmmmm, that is a very odd sign' but when I rounded the corner to see this, I fully understood.
This face says "Momma, I am tired of smiling for your camera. Would you please stop?!?!"
Before we left, my parents were nice enough to take the kiddos and let the hubs and I be 12 years-old again. There are two ways off the rooftop...1) the elevator 2) a 12 story spiral slide to the bottom floor. Guess how we got down... It went incredibly fast and spit you out into a cave-like place. You then had to find your way out of said cave. It was so dark we had to use the flashlight app on Ryan's phone. When we actually found the place to get out I realize I could slither through but the hubs could not. He actually had to climb under a staircase to get to an opening. It was crazy fun!!
He was tuckered out before we left...
This little guy didn't want to miss out on the fun, so Papa helped him git his feet wet.
Zonked but still holding on!
Did I mention ..zonked?!?!
And then it came.... the epic moment of the day. At first we didn't think the penguin exhibit would be anything super noteworthy, man were we wrong! At first he loved the penguins. He was outside pointing out all the "super cool" penguins.
He loved them!
After he calmed down a little we headed to the carousel. Doesn't a carousel solve everything??
As we rounded the last turn of the zoo, I quickly discovered there was something else at the St Louis zoo I hadn't planned for...... Build-A-Bear. If you are a parent, you have probably heard of the place where you can easily drop $85+ on a stuffed animal and then quickly realize you have created a Build-A-Bear drug addict. Yeah, that place. Chaz had been pretty fantastic all day and he was coming off a recent traumatic event (HA!) so we kinda caved. I mean, how could we deny him at this point. We headed into the place and quickly discovered that there were more than just bears in this place. It was all zoo animals. Of course it was, duh. We asked Chaz what he wanted, with the note that he could have any animal he wanted, and without skipping a beat he said "My favorite, a PENGUIN!!" Really? That thing that 25 minutes ago you were 100% certain was about to end your short little life? That one? But of course.
As we were hanging outside on the last night of vacation, this beauty pulled in. Yep, that is a school bus the owners converted into an RV. Really, no joke. We, of course, made friends with the family and quickly accepted our invite into this masterpiece. It wasn't very roomy, as expected, but it was super cool. The dad had done all of the construction on the inside which included bunk beds, a kitchen and a bathroom. Although I wouldn't trade our ride, it was very cool!