Traveling with three year olds means you have built in alarm clocks. At 6am, the windows were flung open and it was declared it was time to get up. They were ready to have fun. Mom and dad were ready to find the closest (good) cup of coffee.
After breakfast, we headed to Grant’s Farm. The farm does not actually open until 9am and it was only 8:30am. We pull into the parking lot with the other parents that have been awake since the crack of dawn.
(Grant’s Farm is owned by the Busch family. Don’t worry Dad, there will be a beer waiting for you at the end of this adventure. And it’s FREE!)
Grant’s Farm is FREE! The parking was $11 or $12 (cash only). It was an awesome place for kids! You take a tram ride into the farm, where you pass (very closely) buffalo, deer, horses and lots of other wildlife.
After the train ride, you arrive at an area where kids can feed goats with baby bottles.
I recommend staying OUTSIDE the fence to feed the goats. Any child that attempted to feed them inside the fence was carried out in tears. You are pretty much entering an area of hungry goats carrying two bottles of milk…not a good idea! If you enter without any bottles, you are able to pet them or brush them. For some reason, they all loved Doug and kept nibbling on his shorts. Hmmm…
There is a free Educational Show for the kids. We loaded up with popcorn and snow cones and headed over to the show.
And finally, you end up at the beer garden (where you can also have lunch). The BEER is free, the root beer will cost you $2.
Next stop: Mississippi Riverboat
A great way to see the arch and learn a little more about the city was by taking a Mississippi Riverboat Tour.
We walked around the city a bit and then headed toward Busch Stadium.
Last stop for the day…
(of about 20 attempts at this shot, this was actually the best one …)
I spent most of the game climbing up and down the stairs going potty, getting food, finding other forms of entertainment. Baseball is wonderful, but not for these three year olds! On a walk around the stadium, I found a Build a Bear. Now, pre-children I would have rolled my eyes at such a thing in a baseball stadium. Post-children, I think this is genius. Both boys made a Cardninals Bear and were happy as could be.
One other stop for the day was to Gooey Louie Gooey Butter Cake! Can I just say YUM?!?!
There are so many other great attractions. So much to do and not enough time!