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Walk at Crystal Bridges with Hayden - Arkansas

overcast 20 °C

I wanted to see the Walmart museum in Bentonville town centre which happens to be the place where Sam Walton set up his first shop ever... So we decided to head for town and we went to the museum.

This is a great museum with a ton of artefacts about the actual shop, some interactive games (giant google map of the world and you can locate your stores..., comaprison of prices between now and the 60's, replica of the board meeting) and also some great little movies.

I really enjoyed the museum and think it is a great company ... I love retail that is for sure!

Anyway, after the museum Hayden wanted to take his Star Wars person for a walk in my new skates and the wind was strong so Frank and Teo went for a kite....

Hayden and I headed off towards the Crystal Bridges museum which once again has been built by the Waltons... and amazinglarge_DSC02161.jpg architecture that looses itself in the surrounding vegetation and just seems like wood lice... very stunning architecture and design...

Check out Star Wars chariot revisited by Hayden

And the walk

I loved that little bird houses structure

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Saint Louis - Missouri

week end in Saint Louis

sunny 24 °C

This week end as Mithra was just back from spending some time with her dad Kieran offered to take us to Saint Louis in Missouri... so we jumped on the offer...

The 5 hours journey seemed to fly by with 3 movies (felt like an airplane ... plus popcorn!)....

We headed of at 1ish and got to Saint Louis for 6ish and went to a lovely restaurant in town.... we then went to bed to get ready for the City Museum which seemed to be a great place for kids and adults all the same...

The next day we woke up and went to have breakfast in a lovely bread place called the Saint Louis Bread company... I had a souffle with spinach and cheese and a juice.... Teo had a lovely cinnamon cake and a water, Hayden a hot cross bun (who told you he was missing UK hey????) and a chocolate chip muffin and a orange juice.... It was all lovely...

Some views of the city

We then headed off to the City Museum a kids palace made out of recycling materials from wood, old aircraft, printing presses, trees... it is amazing to look at and has a lot to offer from a circus show, a craft room, an indoor skate board park to run on, a myriad of tunnels, a 10 storey slide, a cave, an aquarium (additional charge), a hamster wheel to exercise in, a massive ball patch where people just take each other out literally....

This is what the place looks like form outside ... pretty cool hey!

This is the war zone of ball pit!!!!

Some of the craft we did
We spent from 10 in the morning till 19.30 !!!! unbelievable .... lunch was great with a giant pizza... and we had a great laugh...

The Circus show

The slides

The indoor skate area:

The big hamster wheel:

Some more of the crazy interior... all made from recycled materials:

The next day we needed to head back early so we got a wake up call at 7.30 to see if we could get a ride in a Mississipi boat (you know the ones I mean) and also look at the arch ... a magnificent whilst imposing and simple monument by the Mississipi river....

We could not make the boat as the earliest would be 12:00 and it lasts 1hour so we decided not to go there and instead do the Arch visit....

Guess what !!!! we were early and it was shut !!!! so we headed up to town to our nice bread shop and went for breakfast....

On our return we faced some queues to get into the arch so we spent some time in the museum they had done in the visitor centre... Whao that was amazing .. a true picture of the conquest of the west with some excellent displays, variety of media, immense collection of artefacts... pretty inspiring layout for a museum...

I watch a documentary on Mrs Roosevelt who was British , did you know that??? and then did the Junior Ranger activity pack with the kids (or Teo to be more precise as Hayden gave up within 10 minutes of having to answer some questions that involved reading some of the notes!!!!)...

A very good museum...

In the queue to the train that takes you up the Arch you have some more museum and artefacts to see:

The trip in the arch is also great.. you get put in these minute cells that sit 5 people and get sent up 155 metres into the air!... you then come out on this corridor where you have windows that look out. We had excellent visibility and it was fantastic views!

Views from the top

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Little Rock Visit - Arkansas

Museum of discovery

rain 16 °C

We arrived under the rain in Little Rock, capital of Arkansas and pretty much left the following day under the rain too!!!

So we looked for a cool place to be with the kids indoor and saw that the Museum of Discovery was well rated....

It is a pretty amazing museum, like you must know by now, nearly all the museums we visited in the USA so far :)...

The entrance leads to a great maze of tubes that can be connected or not and the kids put balls and scraves through to see where they go..
We saw how a tornado was made as there are many here in the USA...
We also went to an animal demonstration and the kids managed to touch a massive stick insect

There was a craft place as usual and we Hayden did a plane with daddy whilst Teo and I did a mask..

We had diner in a great Texas Steakhouse where the kids could, believe it or not!!, draw on the floor...

Kids were my models as usual

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Museum of the Native American - Fayetteville

overcast 20 °C

Before meeting up with Kieran we decided to go to see the Museum of the Native American, i.e. the Indians to see what it looked like...

You can check the website http://www.monah.us/index.html....

The museum is set in an ultra modern building and is an amazing display of arrow heads (for those of you who really like arrow heads) and there is even a short documentary on several key arrow heads design such as the "clovis" .. but I will not spoil your curiosity and will let you come and see it for yourselves!! :)

There are a lot of displays of potteries of the different tribes that inhabited the area as well as the further afield south America, there are some displays on Maya and Inca pottery too.

But I think what I liked most was the beautiful display of dresses and outfits worn by the different Indian tribes. The bead work is amazing and we should really learn from them, the leather is so soft and the shoes look so comfortable... You can also see the ancestor of the baby backpack .. so much nicer looking than our contemporary one even though looking a tat too right compared to our fully padded versions!

There is some displays of bows and weapons which are of some interest .. and of the animals...

I think the ironic display that shows the modern pottery (if you imagine the fine French Limoges pottery you are quite near the design) which was made by the American obviously once the Indians had all been sent to special reserves... The pieces just looked so rigid compared to the rest of the museum but I supposed it is part of the history so we will let them off...

Posted by ealonso 20:55 Archived in USA Tagged native the of museum american fayetteville Comments (0)

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