August 13, 2009

Mini Vacay...Part 2...Grant's Farm & Magic House

Another day....another adventure....

After a fairly restful sleep, we got ready & ventured down to see if the breakfast buffet was as good as it sounded in their promotions. It was! There was biscuits & gravy, sausage & eggs, fresh fruit, muffins, donuts...even Belgian waffles & all the toppings. We pigged out....grabbed some fruit to take with us...then headed out to Grant's Farm.

Grant's Farm is a 281 acre ancestral home of the Busch family (currently owned & operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc.) The farm takes its name from our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, who once farmed a portion of the 281 acres. It is currently home to more than 1,000 animals such as goats, elephants, camels, deer, turtles, and of course, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

It was HOT, but the kids had a blast feeding the goats, who climbed all over them trying to catch a drop of the milk that was being fed to them via baby bottles. Even Kalia enjoyed feeding them, as long as she wasn't mobbed....which she was on occasion. The kids also rode the carousel (another first for Kalia, who wasn't quite sure what all the fuss was about), fed the camels, enjoyed a snow cone (while the guys enjoyed their free sample of beer) and watched an elephant show.

Unfortunately we had a very busy day planned and had to cut our visit to the farm short. After a quick bite to eat we made our way to the Magic House, a local children's museum.

Here the kids played dress-up, touched an electrically charged ball & made their hair stand on end, climbed Jack's beanstalk, froze their shadow on a wall, and lots of other activities. Amanda & I busied ourselves for 30-45 minutes trying to solve a crime. It was pretty cool! It went thru the whole process, looking for clues to get suspects, than using the forensic lab to rule out & eventually charge a suspect. (Dan, Kalia & Emilee climbed Jack's Beanstalk while we played). Kalia & I also played in the toddler area....climbing thru tunnels & playing with water....while Dan, Amanda & Emilee wandered around for a bit. I was surprised that she actually ventured away from me and played (it took a little while though, but she did it). She gets a little braver every day.

We finally called it a day around 4:00 and got ready for our 2 hour drive back home.

It was a great weekend, and I'm so glad we got to enjoy it with my sister & her family. Can't wait to do it again soon!

1 comment:

  1. We had a blast and can't wait to go again!