Today we met up with friends at the local botanical garden for a story hour there. It was a great place for the kids to run around in the fresh air (and run run run they did). The story hour was fine, but the supervisor from the botanical garden was clearly not accustomed to toddlers; she kept shushing them and telling them to sit down, which was frustrating to her and puzzling to the toddlers.
But the gardens were very nice, and the kids were thrilled that it was right across the street from the airport so giant planes flew overhead every few minutes. We saw the coolest caterpillars there that on first glance looked like props. They were real, though, and someone told us they turn into giant moths.
It seems like there are a limitless number of fun places to take a toddler. I can't believe I've been a stay-at-home-mom for almost two years and I'm still discovering places like this close to home. And, of course, I am always so grateful to have great friends to share it with.