I imagine that the week between Christmas and New Year’s is very trying for parents. Naturally they love their kids. And they’re happy to play with them. But for a whole week? I think it would be overwhelming. I would be looking for remedies.
If you’re near St. Louis, you can find a remedy pretty easily by going to Forest Park. But here’s the good part. Not only is there a great zoo that’s free, but it’s handily located next to the art museum.
When we took my nieces to the St. Louis Zoo, I begged off. I left my sister with the kids and sneaked over to the museum. I was delighted to view paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Pissarro, and John Singer Sargent. The compact museum has a lovely setting, a strong collection, and a variety of different kinds of artworks. The morning I was there, the aids were even helping small children paint pictures as their own way to interact with art. It was lovely. And the only money I spent was in the gift shop. While it’s a handy excuse that you need to go to Paris to see Impressionism, you can see quite a bit at the St. Louis Art Museum.
In the three hours I spent at the zoo, I had to take shortcuts in order to “cover” a majority of the territory. I left lots of things unseen, but that’s of little consequence. During the next week between Christmas and New Year’s, I’ll have yet another good suggestion for getting the kids out to play. At the St. Louis Zoo, every animal is a present.