We called up our friends, Mike and Anja, who had visited in October. Their kids and our got along really well, and we thought they might like a reunion. So, on Saturday morning we set out for Easton Town Centre. First stop: American Girl (AG) Store. Madison and Ellie both brought their My Generation dolls (generic American Girl doll from Target). When we arrived at the store, we were surprised they were having a special event, the release of a new doll. So, the girls each got a free cookie, a free shirt for their dolls, and did a craft! Then, they looked at the clothes, accessories, new dolls, and miscellaneous things they had previously seen in the AG magazines (that somehow started showing up in our mailbox about the time Madison turned 5). Since they only had $30 to spend, their choices were severely limited. Madison finally decided to have her dolls ears pierced ($17.20), only to find out she couldn't since the ear mold was slightly different to the real AG doll. Shockingly, Madison was not really upset and moved on. Ellie just wanted to go to Build-A-Bear (BAB).
Next stop: Build-A-Bear. Ellie had heard about this place when one of her preschool friends showed a Paw Patrol dog they had made at BAB. Ellie cruised through the possible options and quickly settled on a black dog. The process is 1) choose your animal, 2) pick sounds....additional money... we picked no sounds, 3) stuff your animal at the stuffing machine, 4) place the small heart inside and wish on it before the animal is stitched up, 5) make a birth certificate for your new pet, 6) buy any extras like clothes, food bowls, leashes, etc... we bought a leash, and 7) pay for it. Since this was an experience, I took pictures of Ellie adopting her first pet.
Final stop: Lego Store. Since Madison had spent no money at AG store and only purchased a small stuffed bunny backpack charm at BAB, she had cash left for the Lego store. Both girls are really into building with Legos, especially the Lego Friends series. Madison pondered her choices: 1 bigger set, 2 mid-sized sets, or a few small sets. She settled on one mid-sized set and a small set. She wanted some more animals to play with and this offered that. She ended up putting them together at Mike and Anja's the next day.
Before going to our friends' house for the evening, we ate at Red Robin and then headed to Millstone Creek Playground. It was a hoppin' place, but a big enough playground the kids still had a lot of fun.
Monday, we hung out for a bit in the morning before venturing out. We went to the Franklin Park Conservatory (FPC). It is a beautiful facility filled with plants in rooms that mimic different biomes - mountains, desert, tropical rain forest, deciduous forest.
We also colored, created work that paralleled the featured artist's work,
played with a giant light bright,
listened to a jazz band (a first for our kids - and they LOVED it),
and played on the playground outside.
It was - again - a beautiful day.