Michael had a work trip to Dallas last week, and we went down to visit him in the middle of the trip. We usually have suites when we stay in hotels and this time we did not. And Benjamin had a really hard time going to sleep and cried and cried and managed to propel himself out of the packnplay twice. Then he was up several times in the night and very early in the morning. Which meant we all were up several times in the night and very early. The pool was outside and Michael was pretty tied up with his work events, so we cut the trip a day short to come home where we could all sleep in our own rooms and hopefully get more rest.
But before coming home, the kids and I went to an aquarium at grapevine mills mall, and we had such a great time. It was perfect for younger kids with lots of things to see down on their level, caves for them to crawl in, and plastic "bubbles" inside some of the exhibits you could crawl underneath and then stand up and be looking in the tank from the middle. And they had a small play area the kids played at for a long time.
Checking out the Stingray tank. There was a place to go up stairs and look down in to the tank with a clear part you could stand on and see in the tank as well.
The tunnel in this room also had a glass floor you could see in.
We ate lunch at the food court and the kids rode the carousel. Isabella actually sat on a horse, not on a non-moving bench- which is a big deal for her. :)
We made a quick trip to ikea then headed back home. They both napped on the way home and traveled well. That night Benjamin slept from 8:15pm-8:30am after his wild night of antics in the hotel. It was a bit of a crazy trip, but it was still fun to get away, especially as it has been so terribly cold, it was nice to have a some indoor fun exploring a new place.