A weekend getaway with Grandma and Grandpa in Minnesota

Three weeks ago Noah and I flew to Minneapolis to hang out with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod for the weekend. We flew in early Saturday morning – so early that Noah wore his pajamas on the plane. But the earlier we got there, the more time we’d have with Grandma and Grandpa, so no complaints here.

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We dropped our luggage off at the hotel and then hopped on the shuttle bus to the Mall of America.

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Noah had a blast going on rides with Grandma and Grandpa at Nickelodeon Universe that is in the middle of the mall. They rode the big rig trucks, the “crazy” bus, and the carousel.

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I got in on the fun too. I got to ride the big rig trucks and Blue’s skidoo.

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Noah mostly wanted to ride with Grandma and Grandpa, but that was A-OK…that allowed me to take a few videos. Check this out! As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

We needed to take a break after all that activity, so we made a pit stop at the Hard Rock Café for lunch. Noah was hungry! After lunch we stopped by Lego Land – we couldn’t miss that! Noah had a great time building with Grandma and Grandpa. He even got some new Lego Duplos to take home.

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Yep, all the kids (the little one and the two big ones) had a fun day at the Mall of America.

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The next day we went to the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul. The main exhibit we wanted to see was Thomas the Train – imagine that! Noah got to drive Thomas, fix Percy’s wheels, load the coal on the conveyer belt, and play trains on the giant train table.

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Another one of Noah’s favorite exhibits was the life-size ant farm. Noah and Grandpa crawled in and out, back and forth, and up and down through the giant maze of tunnels. They were in the maze for a long time, but they finally found their way out. Whew!

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We checked out some of the other exhibits too. Noah go to drive the “T” Metro Transit bus, go grocery shopping, spin the magnetic gears, drive the garbage truck, visit the house of mirrors, and so much more.

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Noah had a great time at the museum, and we actually only made it through maybe half of the exhibits…so we’ll definitely have to go back.

We ate at Mickey’s Dining Car before heading back to the hotel – best grilled cheese sandwich ever!

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We of course had to stop by the toy store while we were out and about. Grandma and Grandpa bought Noah a few new trains in honor of their day with Thomas. Salty, Porter and Diesel 10 are great additions to Noah’s Thomas collection – thank you!

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The weekend was busy with activities, but we had fun just relaxing at the hotel too. Noah played with his new trains and Legos with Grandma and Grandpa, and he read books with Grandpa on the bunk bed.

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Our trip went by fast, but we had a great time! There were many activities that we didn’t get to (the water park, arcade and aquarium, just to name a few), so we’ll definitely have to plan another weekend getaway again soon. Check your calendars, Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod!

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Categories: Fun outings, Grandparents, Trains | 1 Comment

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One thought on “A weekend getaway with Grandma and Grandpa in Minnesota

  1. Sandy Steen

    What an experience for all of you. There is so much for the young anymore.

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