Two genres of fun: very urban or very outdoorsy (Apr. 4)

April 2, 2009

Last year the boys and I headed way out west to the Wetlands for Kids Day at the August A. Busch Conservation Area on Highway D in St. Charles County. We arrived rather late in the day, but it was evident the event had been a huge, huge success (not least because of the 70-degree weather!) There were still kids traipsing from forest to pond and everywhere in between, getting a little muddy and very windblown, and loving every second of it. This year’s event is Saturday (Apr. 4) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and I recommend getting there plenty early.  As you can see in the photo, S.’s favorite activity was exploring the woods; M. enjoyed watching the retrievers take to the water.

If you’re in the city and planning to stay here for the day, consider a visit to Cherokee Street for the open house from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Keep an eye out as you browse for some of my kids’ favorite stops: the Mexican bakeries (Diana’s and El Chico), Kakao Chocolates (note the new fruit marshmallows!) and always La Vallesana’s ice cream shop.  I hear that the new Foam coffeeshop and beer pub might be kid-friendly too. There will be live music at the Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee, though I haven’t found the time yet.   You can find details on the other participating businesses, who’ll have maps of the day’s events, at the neighborhood’s online news outlet.
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