My mom is from St. Louis, and my aunts, uncles, and cousins still live there. We left Tuesday morning just before 5 a.m. I'm super proud of Robert who was the king of the road and refused to let me drive. We didn't hit any traffic and got there in 13 hours. Which also makes me proud of the kids for being so good on the drive- we only stopped 3 times! You can read about my packing list HERE.
I was so excited to make travel binders for the kids and used a ton of Pinterest resources. Guess who was the only one who played the license plate game?!
I was asked to babysit the entire way.
We made it safely to my aunt and uncle's house and headed out for ravioli and pasta and a fun game of musical bingo at TJ Wings. The next morning, my aunt took us to the zoo. The St. Louis Zoo is amazing! It is huge and free! There are a few paid experiences but we chose to just walk and enjoy the animals. We absolutely LOVED the penguins and polar bear! It was really hot that day, so there weren't many people there, but even if there were, the zoo is so spread out that you don't get too many people crowded in one area. We got in over 10,000 steps while we were there!
For lunch, we hit up our favorite diner, Steak 'n Shake! I made THIS lemon dessert, and then we headed to my other aunt and uncle's house for dinner. We had Imo's Pizza and salad with Zia's Dressing - STL staples!
The next day, my aunt took Trip and Ari to The Magic House which is a children's museum. Ari loved that they had a Clifford exhibit!
While the kids were having a blast with Amy, Robert and I stopped by the Missouri History Museum, the hill at Forest Park, and the St. Louis Art Museum. The history museum was a favorite of mine as a kid but was underwhelming this time. It is free and features an exhibit on the World's Fair. The art museum was definitely our favorite! It is also free and is super huge. Like the zoo, I felt like the spacing kept it from getting too jammed up in any particular exhibits which was really nice.
After a few hours at the museums, we met up with my aunt and the kids to have another round of toasted raviolis at Rich & Charlie's. I could eat toasted ravs for every meal, every day!
My aunt and I cooked at home and had my other aunt and uncle and cousin's family over while Robert took advantage of the birthday present I gave him back in May- a ticket to the Guns 'N Roses concert! Here's a video he made while at the concert:
On our last day, my aunt and uncle took us to Grant's Farm. This was also free, but you do have to pay for parking and some of the attractions. As soon as we parked, we went to see some of the Budweiser clydesdales. Obviously, this was Ari's favorite part! My aunt got the kids fun passes for just $5 each and it got you 2 milk bottles to feed the goats, a ride on the carousel, and a snowcone! The kids also got to ride a camel! If you drink, you can get free beer to take a break in the bauernhof. Everyone had a great time, but it definitely was a long day. We think we made the mistake of going on a Friday, so if you go on a Friday, you might wait until 2 or 3 to save time in the long lines.
We went home, showered, and rested before hitting up Rock & Brews for dinner. This is Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons' restaurant, and Ari was PUMPED to be there! The theming is amazing but the food is just okay. I'd still go for the experience if you love rock and roll!
We wrapped up our trip with a visit to Ted Drewes for frozen custard. Don't be discouraged when you drive by and see long lines. They move insanely fast!
We hit the road on Saturday morning and had an easy trip back to Texas. Everyone had a blast on our visit to St. Louis, and we are so grateful to my family for letting us stay with them and for taking us around town! We'll definitely be back!
Have you been to St. Louis? Share your favorite restaurants and attractions in the comments below please! I'm headed back to work this morning and meeting my new teammates! Wish me luck! I'll see you back here tomorrow for Tuesday Training. Have a wonderful start to your week!