Since the beginning of COVID, we’ve been avoiding crowds like the plague. Today we decided to venture into the city and do an outside activity with the kids.
Our first stop was City Garden in St. Louis with outdoor sculptures. The kids were allowed to climb on them, but “at your own risk”, so we only let them climb on the rabbit sculpture because it looked safest. We try to expose the ids to art as much as possible. This was a fun and safe way to combine art, flowers, and play.
The second stop was the Gateway Arch National Park, which we were able to walk from the City Garden to the Arch. A bonus in between was a playscape that was empty, gated, in the middle of the city. Our cross-country trip has centered around playgrounds for the kids. Each place we stay has a playground and each one is different. Finding this playground was an awesome surprise and the kids had a blast.
After that, we continued onward to the Arch and it was much larger than anticipated. We did not go into the entrance because we wanted to stay outside, but there was plenty of places to walk.
The most disturbing thing about this entire adventure was how empty this city was. We’ve been to NYC several times in our lives, so maybe it was in comparison. Or maybe it was because all of the restaurants were closed to COVID. Or maybe it was because it was a Friday morning and the tourists aren’t there until the weekend. In any case, it was great for us to be in this empty city because we weren’t as worried about the Coronavirus. Overall, it was a great trip and very family friendly.