Friday, August 28, 2009

Free Festivals...Another Family-Friendly Local Activity

This past weekend we decided to check out the Festival of the Little Hills on the riverfront not too far from us. Of course it was mostly vendors but little b just likes to meander aimlessly anyway, pushing his stroller ... anything to get out some of that rambunctious toddler energy. So we visited the barbecue n burger kiosk for lunch, stopped by the stage to listen to the local municipal band (he is a huge music fan so little b ate it up!), got a free balloon for him from First Baptist Harvester's tent, visited the engine club's exhibit of spitting tractor and old truck motors (he liked seeing the displays but the noise made him skittish to get to close), visited the kids corner where inflatables, rock walls and other carnival-type were in action. But his favorite part of all was the hands-on craft tent where he got to paint his very own wooden snake. we didn't take many pictures of the day's festivities but we did get a few of the snake-painting...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Big Wheels and Waterworks!

For a super-free and super-fun summer adventure, little Biscuit and I found a new park we'd never been to, thanks to a handy water-play reference list I found on Then we loaded up his big-wheel and headed off for some splashing good times!

We ended up at Creve Coeur Park, where we found a beautiful lake, lots of paved walking/biking/blading trails, tons of picnic tables and 4 playgrounds, not to mention our favorite part, the spray pool with squirting fountains!!

vortex button at spray pool
First we figured out how to use the 'vortex' button....!vortex button at play fountainsWe watched with anticipation to see what would happen...toddler with big wheel at spray fountainThen got set to enter the wild 'n wet zone!! Here, he plans his approach...toddler taking a wet big wheel rideHe decides on waiting for more toddler-sized fountain sprays just perfect for a big-wheel wash ;)toddler's big wheeling fun at play fountainsHis back tire needed a scrub too...toddler washing big wheel at spray fountainsWatch out for that bucket!toddler playing in fountainsTime to get really wet now!!toddler's wet and wild big wheel ride