The first day of Staycation? A BIG SUCCESS! It’s wasn’t the most “relaxing” day, but oh we made some great memories.
The kids and I headed out early toward Tampa (about an hour away) for our first visit to the Glazer Children’s Museum. I had gotten a deal on Living Social a while back, and Staycation seemed like the perfect time to use it. We fell in love with this museum the moment we walked in the door!
The downstairs area has an amazing waterplay feature. The Mini Athlete especially loved rolling a ball down this track that went up and over a replica of the Sunshine Skyway. Another thing you’ll notice in the photo above is the FABULOUS windows in this place – so much sunlight!
They had all sorts of things set up that taught kids about how water flows – and the Mini Athlete couldn’t get enough of it.
We headed up stairs, and started in the “Design and Build” area – specifically designed for little ones 3 and under.
There were so many things to discover! I loved this little garden area they had set up…
And the Mini Athlete loved dressing up like a construction worker.
Everything in this area really engaged the kids’ imagination.
After a while, we moved on and explored the other areas. There were areas for art, a restaurant, a vet’s office, a firehouse, a doctor’s office…and PUBLIX!
The Mini Athlete absolutely lit UP in this area. He always goes grocery shopping with me and loved that everything was his size. He probably could have stayed in this area all day!
Another awesome area? The performance stage. They had music and lights and different draperies to set scenes. He loved dressing up and performing for us.
Almost everything in the museum was perfect for the Mini Athlete’s size. Little Miss enjoyed a lot of activities too, but it seemed prime age would be 3-5 years old.
They did have this awesome climbing apparatus that was just a little too big for the Mini Athlete – give him a few more months and he will be climbing all over it.
I could not be more impressed with this museum. If you have little kids in the area (or if you’ll be visiting Tampa soon) be sure to check it out! I’m even toying with the idea of getting an annual family membership – it’s only $100.
We left around 2:30pm – WAY past the kiddos naptimes. Little Miss fell asleep in the stroller and the Mini Athlete wanted to be carried. No big deal right? No big deal unless you forget where you parked and end up roaming up and down three parking garage ramps while holding a 3 year old and pushing a stroller. Oof.
Monday nights are our weekly running night – we meet up with some folks at the Daquiri Deck 5k each week. I honestly planned to walk last night. The 30 Day PiYo Challenge started yesterday so I knew I still had to get my DVD done when we got home. And running with an extra 60 pounds from two toddlers in the stroller isn’t easy.
But…let’s just say that the Mini Athlete might be a little competitive. He HATES walking when he sees people running in front of us. And so he SCREAMS at me the whole time to RUN. Walking breaks? Not an option. Unless you want an earful from Coach Mini. I turned around at the 1 mile mark (I’m not quite up for a full 5k pushing them yet) and headed back toward the start. This invoked more screams from the Mini Athlete. Apparently the kid already understand the importance of staying on the race course.
Thankfully, it’s an out and back course so my sweet husband took over on his way back.
I tried to stick with him for a while, but even when he is pushing the stroller, he is WAY faster than me.
And THEN…I came home and did my first PiYo DVD. The Challenge has begun! There are 13 of us in the group (almost all blog readers!) and I love the accountability already. Motivating and inspiring others is my favorite part about doing this - I’m already looking forward to creating more Challenge Groups in the future.
I have some folks who might be interested in starting another PiYo Challenge at the beginning of September, and there is some interest in doing one based around the T25 workouts (a great workout if you’re short on time since they are only 25 minutes). If you want me to keep you posted about those future groups, shoot me an email at calliecowan (at) gmail.com.
Speaking of accountability…it’s time for me to go do my PiYo DVD on this lazy day of Staycation. Or maybe I’ll take a nap first.
Speaking of motivation – I’ve been looking for some great fitness-related quotes to motivate the people in my PiYo Challenge. What’s a great one you’ve heard lately?