I was so busy making sure that you had plenty to do this week that I didn’t get a chance to tell you about the rest of the roadtrip.  The second day was just fine, thank you.  We took a swim in the hotel pool and then headed to Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The girls had a great time.  Here are a few of our favorite parts:

J harvests carrots from the "garden"

There were the usual grocery store and restaurant set ups, but I liked that there was a garden, too.  There was a boat and an ambulance, and a great little mail-and-package processing center.  They also had a room with extra-big Lego style blocks and three large connecting train tables.

M loads the delivery truck.

In another area there was a giant submarine and a pirate ship.  The pirate ship included a plank on the lower level.  I mean, what kid doesn’t want to make someone walk the plank, right?

Pirate ship

Behind the pirate ship was a door outside to a children’s garden–the kids wanted to head upstairs, and then we forgot to go there–I was bummed!

Upstairs a couple of our favorites were piles of fabrics that could be used for fashion design, and a big “hockey” rink that was super-slippery, with socks that you could borrow so that you could slide around.  This was really great, but we couldn’t get a picture without multiple kids, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

One of a bunch of workbenches with real tools

Finally, I had to include a photo of the workbenches with real saws–a little scary, right?  But I am a pretty Free Range parent, so I appreciated these.

Anyway, we had a lovely time, and it’s an excellent stop if you’re ever brave (or foolish) enough to take a tremendously long road trip.  We had no car sickness for the last five hours–yay!

Since then we’ve had amazing weather and a wonderful time–we’ve gone to a pool and the beach, and today we toured around Savannah and the kids splashed in the fountain at Forsyth Park.  Tonight we get to go out on a date!  Anyway, I promise that this is the one and only post about the splendors of vacation–I mean, you want to hear about the splendors of the Capital District, right?  So anyone doing anything fun locally that they’d recommend?

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