- Yesterday we went to the Please Touch Museum. First of all, YES. This museum is awesome. This is not news to me and I may have even made a similar declaration here before, but it bears repeating. We were members of this museum when The Who was 2 and we used it a lot. I even kind of though we had “used it up” or that he was outgrowing it. But then we went again when he was 3 and all of a sudden, it was a different place. There were new things he was into. Different stuff he could reach. Other rooms that didn’t interest him as a toddler (the “space” room, for example) became an exciting destination as a preschooler. And that keeps happening. He spends more and more time in different places and it doesn’t seem like he is going to tire of it any time soon. Lucky for us, West Philly Mama has a family membership and graciously takes us along with her. We have decided that Mondays are the best because there are no school groups visiting the museum on Mondays. It’s chill and calm and every time is more fun than the last. (Plus, collaboratively, we keep finding new benches to park our rears on as our increasingly independent kids find their ways.) Our goal is to try to make it there as many Mondays as we can. It’s the perfect way to spend 5 hours on a raw winter afternoon. (Yes. Five hours. That’s how long we can spend there without even a single meltdown. Knock wood.)
- Last week, we went to the zoo. I used to be very anti-zoo. I didn’t like the ways in which the animals were cooped up and set out for display and although I still fundamentally feel the same, I love going to the zoo with The Who. The Philadelphia Zoo is a price-gouging establishment. $2 for a vending-machine bag of Skittles. Really. Twelve dollars to park. Photo-taking vultures at every little statue, offering to sell you the same shot you can take yourself. But, with a membership, it’s delightful. It’s a beautiful walk and there are lots of options for any kind of weather. The aviary is a total warm refuge in the winter and I’m psyched for the new Children’s Zoo that’s supposed to open this Spring. Plus — bonus! With our membership we can bring West Philly Mama along with us and repay her for all the free Please Touch visits!
- We went to Boston a few weeks ago and are going up again in a couple of weeks. Then, in March, The Who and I will embark on a cross-country flight to Seattle. This morning, when he told me he wanted to go to France to see the Eiffel Tower, I told him that I did, too. And that we would when he was a little older. But that, in the meantime, we could look forward to taking the elevator up the Space Needle this spring. I showed him some pictures of both the Needle itself and the elevator. I don’t know if he will have the cajones to do it once we’re actually there, but for now, it’s fun to plan and think about. West coast! So excited!
- We visited a new, local hot dog joint. I’mma review it for you and offer up a free 10-inch gourmet dog to one lucky reader. Soon.