Friday, September 23, 2016

Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis City




Location: 4746 Gravois Ave, St. Louis MO 63116 (314-832-7790)

Website: http://miniaturemuseum.org/

This museum is right across the street from Bevo Mill in the Bevo neighborhood of the city. They are open from Wednesday thru Saturday 11 am - 4 pm and from Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm.

They charge $5 for adults, and kids 2-12 are $2 each. 

It's basically just a huge museum full of dollhouses. Almost every display has a button you can push to turn on the lights. My 4 year old daughter loved this. They also gave her a little collapsible step stool to carry around so she could see the taller displays. They have 2 stories full of different doll houses.

They buy and sell accessories and have a classroom full of books and magazines. The are very knowledgeable and very helpful if you have questions about dollhouses. I really know nothing about them but am a sucker for anything teeny tiny!










 Trains!



















                             Look at this replica of the old cathedral! The detail is truly amazing.

The front room where you enter has several doll houses for kids to play with. So after we walked through the museum we sat down and played. They had the Melissa and Doug castle and a bunch of other wooden and plastic doll houses and accessories. Needless to say she wants a doll house now.

This isn't a place I would go to all the time, but my daughter enjoyed it and I'm glad we paid them a visit!



Monday, September 12, 2016

Vlasis Park, Ballwin


Location:
North of Manchester Road between Seven Trails Dr., Ball Park Drive and Holloway Drive.

Amenities: playground, trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, tennis courts, horseshoe courts, pond, sprayground (open memorial to labor day) 

Website: http://www.ballwin.mo.us/index.php?PageID=93&SubID=99

Playground ground cover: rubber mats

This park features a huge playground, with areas for toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children. There are numerous slides, swings (2 baby and 6 regular), and lots of places to climb. The park also has a pond and walking paths.

The sprayground is on from Memorial Day thru Labor Day, from noon to 6 pm, and located right next to the playground. It goes on for 20 mins and off for 20 mins, which can be annoying to littles who want to keep playing in the water!

The biggest complaint I have about this playground is that the restrooms are not close. They are a bit of a hike up a hill. Also the rubber flooring has seen better days. But besides that this playground has a lot to offer and I love the umbrellas providing shade.





 This stand up teeter totter was a big hit with all the kids













 These tire climbers are different and my kids loved climbing up them


 Little play house with seats inside.

 This baby rock wall is kind of worn


Photo Credit: Eric M

Photo Credit: Eric M