William standing on Main Street
Will on Main Street in Middletown

Saturday was a big family outing.  The outing was all planned by Susanna; which of course is nice for me (not having to plan).  Our trip centered around watching a play at the Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, CT.  The play was only for one hour (I think it wound up being only 45 minutes or so), so we planned to visit the city and the children’s museum there as well.

We drove up late in the morning, giving us plenty of time for lunch before the play.  We parked on the street next to the playhouse (and even saw the fire hydrant that Susanna got a ticket in front of the previous week).

Ben at Lunch
Ben having his root beer at lunch

The first stop was to walk to Main Street and find a place to eat lunch.  We walked by a toy store, and of course had to stop and look.  I told the boys that they could only look (we weren’t there to get toys).  That doesn’t keep them from begging to buy a toy (“It’s only 7 dollars, I’ll pay you back when I get home…”).  But we managed to get out of there with no new toys and not too many tears.  We had a wonderful lunch at Javapolooza Cafe on main street.  The boys even got a free doughnut for dessert, and had their favorite drink ever, root beer.

The next stop was back to the toy store…. where the boys got a toy tank (they were very good at lunch without me even promising them that they could go back and get a toy).  We had a few minutes for them to stop and play as we waited for the start time of the play.

Playing with their new toys
Will and Ben playing with their toys
Stopping to play

After stopping to play we walked up to the playhouse for the play.  It was an original play put on by a group of 10 year old children.  The play was about the other side of the story – how maybe the villains in the fairy-tail stories have never had their side told.  It was very funny, and everyone enjoyed the play.  Even if the boys did get restless a bit (Will definitely had trouble sitting still, and even Ben was restless and bumped his lip on the chair in front of him – don’t ask, I’m still not sure how he did that).  It was fun to visit the playhouse that Susanna has been working (volunteering for school – she needs to observe/teach for a two 7 week internships – one of which she is doing here) at for the past couple of weeks.

Playing at the children's museum

After the play we walked across the street to the Kidcity Children’s Museum. The boys thought that was the highlight of the day, and didn’t want to leave when it was time to head home.  I thought it was maybe geared for kids that were a little younger, but it had lots of fun stuff for them.  It is certainly bigger than the children’s museum in Niantic.

After the museum we all headed home (a tired family) for quiet time and dinner.

Here are some more pictures from our trip:

Susanna at the Museum
Trains at teh children's museum

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