As we walked into the building, we ran into a young family we knew. They were already on their way out of the building...their 6 year old son was hot and bored, and their one year old baby girl was crying, in her stroller. The young Dad was rolling his eyes...and the Mom told me it had been the longest two hours of her life....
Here's the thing -- any time you are taking a small child off for an event like this -- the important thing is to lower your expectations -- and PICK AND CHOOSE what you want to see and do.
I knew Lilly would not care about the vendor floor. Within 5 minutes, I knew there were four booths Lilly would enjoy...(yes, I'm that good.)
|#1:There was a live snake -- the kids could touch it...(check)|
|#2: The St. Louis Sanctuary put their live birds in the booth, right before their show. We were there!|
|#3: The kids are petting a Guide-Dog-in-Training. Lilly is all about the dogs...|
|#4: For only $5 -- you could pick out a face-paint design from a table full of pictures.|
|Of all the classes and seminars going on, I was only interested in the one where the BIRDS ARE FLYING...So we timed our activities (bus ride, face painting) -- so that we'd be sitting in a seat at 2:30, their final show of the day...|
|The St. Louis Sanctuary did a great job -- the birds flew over the crowd, and Lilly was mesmerized...|
|The golden eagle flew right over our heads, and the wing span was shocking...|
|Admission to the show: $5 for me, Lilly was free. Stuffed Eagle, $5, Face painting $5, balloon princess sword $5. Memories? Priceless...|
Me, too, honey. Me, too...