Old-fashioned choices this Saturday (May 16)

May 11, 2009

M. is really ready for summer vacation. Unlimited water play, popsicles, TV in pjs every morning … he’s got a plan for post-kindergarten decadence. In the meantime, he’s living for Saturdays — he knows my one-sugar-a-day rule is harder to enforce when we’re out and about, when lemonade and ice cream and other goodies beckon at every turn. So we’re debating between a couple of options for this coming Saturday (May 16). See what sounds good to you:

  • Macklind Days, a first-ever festival on Macklind Ave. between Nottingham and Devonshire in South City. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. there’s a lineup of bands and dancers, child-friendly art activities, old-fashioned contests like watermelon seed spitting and pie eating.
  • 7.20.08_basesKids Run the Bases day at the Cardinals game.  OK, technically the game tickets aren’t free (though you should check out the pricing deals online) but the opportunity to run the bases afterward is — and I can vouch that it’s a lot of fun.  Last year they let me carry S., who balked at the idea of leaving my side to follow his brother.  Be prepared for a long wait after the game, as thousands of families line up on the stadium’s lower level — but the wait is worth it.
  • Those are two classic-style outings, but the First Missouri State Capitol Historic Site in St. Charles goes even further into the past with its Historic Children’s Festival, where kids can churn butter, dip candles, and even milk a cow.  (A fee applies for that last one — yes, unlike in the 1820s, when kids would have been glad to get out of the chore, nowadays YOU have to pay someone else for the priviledge of milking a cow!) The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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