It's nice to do something fun with everyone when the grandparents (both) are around but it's always hard to find something that's also fun for 3 children under the age of 5. I think we hit the jackpot yesterday!
There is a small area in Frisco with a heritage museum and several old buildings that hosted Cowboy Day yesterday. The cost was $5 per person (over age 2) and included everything! The price was nice, the activities were so kid friendly, and it was small -- we saw everything in about 2 and 1/2 hours and left feeling like we had had a great morning but also that we didn't run the girls into the ground. The only downside is that it was surprisingly cold -- for Texas anyway. This is now going on our list of fun things to do in the fall.
We started with pony rides. Abby only of course. Megan refused. The ponies kept stopping for a snack too but Abby had a great time.
We went for a ride in a stagecoach -- again Megan refused -- is there a theme here?
We watched a cowboy shootout show by the Texas Legends. It was a great little show with a sheriff and his bumbling deputy:
And the bad guys:
Who got killed. The shooting was LOUD and Megan didn't want to watch but once the "bad guys" got up again and they realized it was pretend, both girls were fine.
A quilt show -- Hooray! Quilts by the Frisco Quilt Guild. There were a lot of really pretty ones but I didn't take many pictures this time.
Armadillo races!!! Apparently you blow on their tails and they run from you. It was fun to watch and they brought the armadillos up close. I think that was the first time I had seen one up close that wasn't dead on the side of the road!
They had some people with dress up clothes taking pictures. My parents did a great job -- mom demanded a gun too!
This is ours in the poster format that they printed. Megan refused (again) but Abby wanted to be in it too (but no costume). She's the only one who really looks dangerous in this picture I think . . .
They had a "life skills" area with everything from toys to cooking and cleaning
Animal skins and hunting
Spinning ("hey that's Sleeping Beauty's spindle!" Apparently we have too much Disney and not enough history in our house!)
A schoolhouse with a yearbook of all the original schoolhouses in the area -- that was cool.
And a petting zoo.
Plus a church handing out snacks, a cupcake walk, blacksmith demonstrations. It was a great, great little festival and a really nice last hurrah with my parents since I'm pretty sure they won't be back for a little while. And we miss them already.