In the last week or so, we have established that kids and adults want different things out of visiting cities. When we were in Portland, Mr. Hotford and I wanted to imagine what it would be like to live there and would have liked to mooch around hipster neighbourhoods trialling beers in micro-breweries and browsing terrariums, but the girls just wanted to go to playgrounds and eat ice-cream. We spent one of our days in Portland at the Children’s Museum, which was a huge success because the kids were enthralled, which meant we were happy too.
The next day we tried a mixture of swimming (thwarted thrice – swimming pools do not open in Portland until 14th June, FYI) and mooching around. The mooching ended up with us all a bit tense at a food truck park where our interests overlapped momentarily at dinner, before M swallowed her wobbly tooth somewhere in a spring roll, so we called it a day and went back to the RV park to write an apologetic letter to the tooth fairy:
In Seattle, we gave up on imagining we were 28 again and just made the most of kid-friendly activities on offer, which included the Space Needle, the monorail and this playground:
Then we had to decide between the Science Museum and the Museum of Rock. Mr Hotford and I wanted to go to the Museum of Rock so much that we convinced ourselves the girls would love it too. They can learn about Nirvana! Perhaps they’ll be able to play a guitar! No, they will not and yes they will start asking for ice-cream after twenty minutes. Actually that’s not entirely fair, they did get quite excited about a fantasy genre exhibit which we all loved.
Vancouver is turning out to be the perfect city. We are staying in Kitsilano which is right on the beach (tick for kid-friendly) and we have some lovely friends who are showing us the sights. They also have a dog, which in A and M’s minds makes everything OK – they’d probably tolerate a micro-brewery as long as Barnaby could come. Yesterday we hired bikes and rode around Stanley Park taking in a playground on the way:
Tomorrow we are going to the outdoor pool on the seafront which opened today (we have checked) and some farmers markets, followed by dinner with Barnaby and his human friends. Fingers crossed these will be activities for all ages!This entry was posted in Vancouver, Washington State