Dec 31, 2009

Stella's Day of Fun

Yesterday we ate a delicious lunch of roast, potatoes, and carrots at home and then headed into New Orleans for Stella's Day of Fun. Pretty much every day during vacation has been Stella's Day of Fun, but we wanted to make this one extra special. Our first stop was the Louisiana Children's Museum where Stella poured me a cup of yummy tea... "Here you go, Mommy!"
Just like Goldilocks, she really likes sampling other people's beds. This one was too hard...
She hopped a ride in mini-Jackson Square. Whoa, horsey!
She loved this little house...obviously...
Stella and Daddy inside a giant bubble. Hopefully, we can keep her in our little bubble forever...
Playing tug-of-war with Claude...
Like some other Louisiana drivers, Damon likes to drive with his baby on his lap. I think he enjoyed this reaction time test much more than Stella did...In the Kid's Cafe, Stella served Daddy peas and a taco...
Sometimes she samples the dishes on her way to the table...
"Dinner is served!"
Customer service is very important to Stella, and she knows that listening to your patrons is the first step to making sure they are satisfied...
Putting on the finishing touches...
After leaving the Children's Museum, we took Stella to see her very first movie in the theater! We planned to see The Princess and the Frog at Clearview, but it sold out while we were in line, so we had to drive over to Elmwood for a later showing. While we were there, Stella hung out with some giant chipmunks...
A word of advice to our friends with little ones about the first time theater experience: Stella actually ran laps around the lobby of the theater before we went in. When we did enter the actual theater, it was tough to find seats because the movie was sold out. We also arrived way too early, because Stella lost interest before the previews even started, and was ready to get down and play, which is generally frowned upon in sold-out shows. She did eventually manage to settle down and enjoy a few minutes of the movie and some snacks...
Unfortunately, we had to leave after the first 30 minutes of the movie in order to make it to gymnastics on time. We would have liked to see the rest of the movie, which we were really enjoying since it is set in New Orleans and the characters ride the same streetcar line where we took Stella's picture for her birthday party invitations last year, but our little princess was getting restless and it was a good time to make our getaway. So, to review, when taking a toddler to the movies, you should 1) go to a show that is no longer popular and will most likely not sell out, 2) enter the theater toward the end of the preview time, 3) make sure that you are totally willing to bail on the movie if your child becomes restless. Remember, don't spoil the movie by adding your own soundtrack.
If you would like to see Stella in action at the Children's Museum, watch this video. Disclaimer: this video is over 5 minutes long and will likely only appeal to our family. Enjoy!

1 comment :

Emily Raney said...

I love the "remember don't spoil the movie by adding your own soundtrack" too funny.

Thanks for the tips...I'll have to remember that if we are ever brave enough to try taking our little guy to the movies.