Our first stop was the Central Arkansas Nature Center.
The Nature Center isn't huge. It's essentially a two room mini-museum of nature and wildlife in this part of the world. There are loads of stuffed birds and animals to view.
There's a big window where the kids can watch birds fly around and eat from feeders. Enid, as usual, was excited about every little thing.
A sweet lady who worked at the center gave my kids educational coloring books (which they are currently coloring). The folks who work here are incredibly sweet and friendly!! Loved them.
And there were stickers.
And live fish and eels and alligators and frogs.
The gift shop was a huge hit with those of my kids who had money burning a whole in their pockets.
I'm embarrassed I had never been to the nature center, but whenever the kids and I just happen to be in downtown Little Rock, we'll probably stop by again. I hear they feed alligators on Thursdays!
Our next stop was the Heifer International Village where we had lunch. Lunch was imperative at this point. Tom was falling apart. Things were looking bleak. But lunch we sought and lunch we had. A delicious lunch, might I add.
Before the food came, things got pretty hairy. I ended up having to take Tom to the restroom and nurse him. When he gets all crazy and inconsolable, and when discipline isn't working, nursing is key. I had to stand in a stall to nurse him because I refuse to sit on a public toilet to do so. Why do places, especially establishments such as Heifer, not have areas for nursing mothers?! I went to the restroom cause I didn't want to freak anyone out by my nursing a two year old, but next time I'm just gonna whip it out.
After we ate, we checked out the great educational area set up for kids. They even do this scavenger hunt thing where you have to read and find answers to questions, but we didn't participate. Maybe next time.
As we were getting ready to leave, Tristin visited the gift shop while my other kids made use of the crayons and drawing area. I guess because we do a lot of drawing and coloring at our house (that's all I really know to do), my kids respond well when given the opportunity. This was GREAT for keeping Tom Little occupied and in one spot!
For a family our size who has a toddler in tow, this was just the right kind of outing. Nothing too strenuous. Short. Kid friendly. Essentially free. Next time we plan to hit up the Discovery Museum, but my mother-in-law must come along again. I will NEVER do something like this without some kind of back-up. A big thanks to her for encouraging us to get out!