Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Pittsburgh Stay-cation

We decided to do a mini "stay-cation" with the girls over Presidents Day weekend. I had read that Pittsburgh, a mere three hours from home, was a great place for kids, so we made some plans and off we went! The kids were excited to get out of the routine and so were we!

Conrad and I pricelined a hotel and ended up at the beautiful Embassy Suites (and apparently we were only one of a thousand other families with the same thoughts and a wifi access to Priceline!) It was perfect for our family, with a suite of rooms, an indoor pool, a made to order free breakfast, and an awesome atrium complete with waterfall and large colorful fish to wow the kids!

Our first day we visited the Pittsburgh Children's Museum and had the best time watching the kids enjoy the great exhibits and hands on play. Our highlights here was the wierd gravity room and the art studio, where the girls got to make thier own paper!

Our second day we went to the Carnige Science Center and that was cool too! The highlight for Conrad was the real life retired submarine that we got to tour. The highlight for Isabelle was getting to jump on the trampolene, tethered to a bungee cord in the SportsWorks. (The lowlight for Grace was missing this because she just didn't have the patience to stand in the long line! Oh the wailing!)

We ended that day at the Duquesne Incline. Which is this old historical trolley that takes you up and down the mountain with a great view of Pittsburgh!

Thanks to my Aunt Brenda, who buys our family a COSI membership every year for Christmas, we got in FREE to all of the museums/science centers with the reciprical membership! It would have cost us upwards of $160! Thanks Aunt Brenda!

We ended the trip with a stop at Mommy's favorite store, Ikea, and even had to put down the last seat in the van to fit all of our purchases in. We bought a ton of stuff for our new addition (info and pictures coming soon!) And, on our way home we stopped at Cabella's in West Virginia. I call it my brother-in-law, Eric's version of Ikea. All of those stuffed animals are pretty cool. But I can honestly say, there is nothing there that remotely tempts me to spend money. Nothing at all!


Anonymous said...

looks like so much fun for all.how could you tell conrad liked the sub?lol.the pictures are so cute. so looking forward to having isabelle love you guys gram

Lynley said...

That sounds like a blast! Glad you guys could have such a nice family time.