Detroit Kids’ City, Detroit Zoo, and Booth Park

We have had a lot of fun with our new friends, Emilie and Sadie and the twin boys, Eric and Evan exploring the area.  They met us at Detroit Kids’ City for our first play date.  It is a miniature version of Detroit for kids to make believe in with an Automotive Factory, Bank, Barber Shop, Post Office, Pizzeria, Music Studio, Art Center, School House, and
Story Time area with an outdoor theme.  They have a coffee shop with coffee for the adults and snacks for the kids.  It was reasonably priced and I only had to pay for admission for Elizabeth.

We went to the Detroit Zoo another week with our new friends.  We went ahead and purchased a family membership since it will only take about 3 visits in one year to make it worth it.  We saw snakes, frogs, crocodiles, iguanas, bears, seals, deer, flamingos, giraffe, peacocks and much more!  We had a picnic near the monkey exhibit.  The coolest exhibit was having a polar bear swim over our heads in an underwater tunnel.  The zoo is laid out like a park so it was a beautiful walk although I was exhausted on the long walk back to the car.  I was carrying William in a backpack and pushing two toddlers in my stroller.  We are looking forward to going as a family sometime so Scott can see the zoo.

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On Elizabeth’s birthday Scott had to work, so we visited Booth Park in Birmingham, MI with our friends.  It has a castle, a train, and a tunnel to play in.  There is also a sandbox, swings, and slides!  Next time, we will have to take cardboard to “sled” down the hills.  We went out for lunch for Elizabeth’s requested mac&cheese at Panera.  Later, we had dinner, sorbet and presents with Daddy.  Elizabeth got a tricycle earlier in the week and then some books and a water toy on her actual birthday.  Looking forward to celebrating with our Indiana family in July!

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Memorial Day Parade

We were invited to come and watch a Memorial Day Parade in Fernsdale, MI.  A friend of a mom of a friend has a house on the parade route so we were told to arrive there before the parade started.  We got there and introduced ourselves to some very nice complete strangers.  They invited us for donuts and coffee and the kids that were already there started playing musical instruments while we waited for the parade to start.  Eventually my friend showed up with her three kids and we had a great time.  I made ham salad and brought some other snacks in case any of us got hungry.  The parade was a very typical small town parade with the town’s governing body in fancy cars, some businesses and a few antique cars.  Then there was a solemn parade of Michigan families who had lost a family member serving our country in the past decade.  At the end was a fire truck and a parade of kids on decorated bicycles.

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