Jay and I have been talking about taking a little weekend vacation with the kids to Kansas City for what seems like months now. It’s about three hours away from where we live and there are tons of things to do there with kids. So a couple weekends ago we finally made it happen. We picked Lula up from school early and headed there. Of course we got, “Are we there yet” all the way there. The thing the kids were most excited about…swimming at the hotel pool. Seriously, when they’re little, there’s almost no reason to go anywhere except to a hotel with a pool. That was their favorite thing!
We arrived in the afternoon, got settled into our room, then headed immediately to the pool. Diesel kept complaining about his stomach hurting, but he’d had a HUGE breakfast, so we just kind of ignored him. The kids had a blast swimming, but when we got back to the room, Diesel threw up. UGH! He ended up having a 24 hour stomach bug, but we just kept going anyway. He was a trooper, and it was one of those things where you feel great and get hungry after you throw up, but if you eat, you throw up again. And so he did. Thankfully the middle of the night was the last episode, and we were able to have a pretty normal day Saturday.
The weather was so beautiful for mid-February. It was a perfect day. We headed to Crown Center in the morning. There are several free things to do there with kids as well as a plethora of fun activities that you can pay to get into like the aquarium, Legoland, a kids’ theater, etc. When we arrived, a Lego competition was going on and the kids wanted to watch for a bit. Then we headed over to the Hallmark center to get tickets for Kaleidoscope, which is a craft area that’s free, but you can only stay for 40 minutes and have to go in at a certain time…thus the tickets. After getting our time slot, we went back to Crown Center to check out the free Fairytale exhibit. It was so cool! All of these little rooms were set up with all the different fairy tales and some interactive features.
Diesel was enthralled with the button that spoke like the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk. The giant was painted on the wall in front of a real table that was tall. I kept trying to get Diesel to stand under the table for a picture, but he didn’t want to be anywhere near that giant. I love it when kids still have that belief in the unbelievable. It was clear he thought that painting could come to life at any moment and gobble him up!
After the fairytale exhibit, I could tell we were on the verge of a meltdown. Nobody had slept well the night before with Diesel being sick. But we managed to talk him off the cliff and into Fritz’s restaurant where there are trains to watch rolling around the whole place. The food even comes on a little cart around the restaurant and then descends at your table. Of course the kids thought this was the best thing ever!
After lunch we headed back to Kaleidoscope for our appointment. It’s the coolest little place I’ve ever seen. There are all these craft stations and the kids can make/color/cut/paint whatever they want and take everything home in a bag. Diesel just roamed around most of the time, but Lula was on a mission to create!
When our time was up there, we decided to hit the road even though Lula kept saying, “What are we doing fun next?” She is SO task-oriented! Jay kindly let me run into Anthropologie on the way out of town (Diesel fell asleep the second he was buckled in) where I fell in love with a sofa that we came back for two days later. Someday you’ll see it in our home tour…if the home is ever finished!
Overall we had a lovely time in KC, and we’re excited to go back when the weather is a little nicer and we can maybe stay for two nights. Minications are perfect when you’re got little ones.