The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

The City Museum: This Isn’t One Of Those Learning Museums

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Three Fridays ago (I KNOW! I AM SO BEHIND!) I hopped in my car and headed down to Champaign to meet up with Jen and Andrew. I haven’t been that way since their wedding last year so it was nice to make it back to see some friends I rarely see. Plus we had big plans for the weekend: we were heading to St. Louis, Missouri to go the City Museum!

Once I arrived in Champaign, we went to Dos and I ate enchiladas. There were no mustaches in the mustache machine 🙁 We hung out at Sid’s place. Doug was sad and played the guitar. We watched some YouTube videos about sword safety. They could save your life. We played card games.

 

Playing Games in Champaign

Doug playing the guitar

 

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early. OK, so maybe around 10 or so… And got ready to leave for St. Louis! Once everyone got to Jen’s we took off and a few hours later we found ourselves at our first destination of the day: The St. Louis Arch!

 

The St. Louis Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

 

I’ve only ever seen it a couple of times before and that was only from the car window. So it was fun to go there and check it out and hang out at the museum and such.


 

The St. Louis Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

 

Even though it was windy and cold. 🙁

 

The St. Louis Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

 

After that we went to dinner and I had pulled pork and apple pie and it was yummy.

 

Pulled Pork in St. Louis, Missouri

Apple Pie in St. Louis, Missouri

 

But who cares about any of that! The real reason we were in St. Louis was still ahead: THE CITY MUSEUM!

 

Crashed plane at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

 

The City Museum was totally rock your socks awesome. OK, so it was probably even more awesome for my friends who aren’t afraid of heights but it was still awesome.

 

City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

 

Basically The City Museum is a gigantasaur playground. You can climb on and crawl through just about everything!

 

Climbing at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

 

And we got there at 9pm (well after most museums close!) and stayed until midnight. After 10pm they shut down all the lights so we got to explore the museum in the dark with flashlights!

 

Playing with flashlights at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Playing with flashlights at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Playing with flashlights at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Playing with flashlights at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

 

We started out outside. And I may have had a panic attack within the first five minutes and had to have a little girl’s dad help me down. May have.

I didn’t go much higher than five feet mind you. I did not crawl around above everything in rockets and slinkys like everyone else…

 

City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

 

Unfortunately we didn’t get to go in the giant ball pit because they closed the outside later due to rain. 🙁

 

Giant ball pit at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

 

Inside was awesome. Even though I sat around waiting forever for everyone else to take the ten-story slide. But other than that there was a giant skateless park where you ran and slid around skateboard ramps. There was a museum of spatulas and a world’s largest pair of underwear. There was a world’s largest pencil. There was a human-sized hamster wheel.

 

City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Skateless park at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Midwest Spatula Museum at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Giant underwear at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Giant Pencil at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Human hamster wheel at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

 

It was awesome. But exhausting. And I definitely left with some wicked bruising.

So after a long night we retired back to Urbana. And I slept the whole way home.


 

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p.s. Almost forgot: I always thought Marc was this sweet kid. And then he told his Garmin to “shut up bitch.” My view of him has been tarnished!

 

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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