We had a great day in Boston yesterday! I signed us up for a trip to the Boston Children's Museum with the playgroup, but ended up being the only member there. But we had a great, great time!! Our friends Alana and Jason came with us and Jason offered to drive. Will LOVED the museum!! What a fantastic place, and they really go out of their way to make sure there are things for all kids, big and small, to play with. Will's favorites were definitely the bubble room and the boat room. That boy just can't get enough of water! After two floors though, he was tuckered out, so we headed for some lunch at Au Bon Pain and then out to the truck. Oops....blocked in.
So we started walking, looking for something to do and wound up at the New England Aquarium. Will enjoyed seeing all the fish, and some frogs, and Alana got a great shot of a blue lobster. The penguins were our favorite, though!
The aquarium was absolutely MOBBED, which was frustrating. But I managed to have the dumbest conversation I've ever had with a customer service person. Let me set the scene: it's crazy with people, people cram-jammed on the whole first floor. And looking above us, it doesn't look like it's going to thin out anytime soon! Will's really cranky-hungry, and the cafeteria is on the second floor and we have a stroller. So we find the elevator, and damn! It's got a huge out-of-order sign. The stairs going up to the cafeteria warn not to bring up a stroller, and frankly, the admission prices just aren't cheap enough to get kicked out. So I try to find another way upstairs.....to an emergency exit not going to the cafeteria. So Alana and I make our way down the ramp to Customer Service, and it went a little like this:
Me: "Excuse me, is there another way to get to the cafeteria?"
CSR: "You just use the elevator around the corner."
Me: "But there's a big "out of order" sign on it. Is there another elevator?"
CSR: "Well, did you try pushing the button?"
Me: "Ummm.....why would I try pushing the button if the sign says it's out of order?"
CSR: "Well, most people still try!"
Me: "Well, I didn't plan on getting stuck in the elevator in the aquarium!"
She then mumbled and walked away, and I had a mini-meltdown over the stupidity of that gem of a conversation. I ended up leaving Will with Brian, going upstairs and buying some yogurt and Teddy Grahams (Will's favorite) and a nutri-grain bar for the bargain price (snicker) of $4.73. That'll teach me to pack more food in the diaper bag!
All in all, Will enjoyed his first day in Boston. And there were no stuck elevators in the experience!