Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lucky Day

Sora and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the Kids Food Event at the children's museum last night. We were even luckier because the circus was in town the same day. And, as luck would have it, there was also a Leap Day event at the stadium next door to the circus that involved a lot of fun free bouncy houses.

Sora loved the circus. She really liked the flying butterflies. There were a lot of aerial tricks and death defying feats (the cage with the motorcycles reminds me of Wild Hearts Can't be Broken - now that was a circus!). Sora loved them all, although every time I tried to capture her joy, she saw the camera right away and gave some scowly faces.
Of course, after paying $6 to park and $18 to get into the show, I told Sora we only had $5 to spend and that she should get something that we wouldn't have anywhere else. This lead to her first cotton candy experience. She was a big fan! Luckily, I had wet wipes in my purse, so we were happy and clean afterwards. Shockingly, she didn't ask for anything else during the circus, even though they were pushing those $15 elephant rides pretty heavily.
Kyle hates the circus and zoos because of the animal treatment, and this one was no exception. There were protesters outside, which was tricky to explain to an inquisitive 4 year old, and the elephants looked pretty sad. Sora was very concerned that the tigers would eat her, and was unimpressed by the camels. The dogs were pretty great though. Anyway, I have no intention of ever returning to the circus, so I hope Sora remembers this visit for the rest of her life!

After the circus, we walked across the parking lot to the stadium and enjoyed the free bouncy houses. Sora is terrible in line - she gets so excited she starts bouncing and knocks into all the kids, then forgets about moving along in line and lets a bunch of kids cut because she's not paying attention.

Afterwards, we ate at a restaurant across the street at a local icon. Sora was excited to push the button for service and eat soup. A Green Bay specialty is a meaty chili with spaghetti noodles at the bottom. Delicious!
 After running a few errands, we made our way to the Children's Museum. A large health care company sponsored the event so it was only $2 each and even more fun than the normal museum! The Y had a station, in the Packers exhibit, where Sora got to practice "stretching", as well as some football drills including practicing her Lambeau Leaping skills.
 Of course, the regular museum was open too, so Sora fished, played in the sandbox, rescued people from fires, "ate" in the diner, was a piece of carrot and went through the digestive system complete with being flushed in a toilet, and more!
 And there were some food related crafts.

 We built a house, but it wasn't very stable and fell down too soon.
The highlight of the event was the chef tasting. There were 6 chef tables with healthy snacks and meals. We tasted all of them and voted for our favorite. Mine was the flat bread with turkey and veggies that Sora is eating below. Sora's was apple crisp. There was also a delicious Italian soda "root beer float" and a yogurt/teddy graham version of the dirt cup.
 After a full day of play, and a full meal of delicious samples, we headed home and went to bed!

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