My boys and I needed a change of scenery this year. It was a long winter full of long work days for me and now that I have a home based office it’s easier to get squirrly. I knew we had to pick somewhere drivable with the 22 month old so we chose Rochester, NY to visit The Strong ( Museum of Play). So we headed off prepared as well as we could.
REAL MOMENT BEFORE YOU SEE CUTE PICTURES: Was it perfect, nope! We got frustrated, with each other with ourselves etc, we had moments of I want to go home we had moments of exhaustion and then Saturday night I was in the tiny bathtub at our 2 star hotel and it “clicked”. This is what family vacations are supposed to be. I am sure my parents felt the same way but all I remember was eating McDonalds drivethru on the way, feeling carsick, seeing amazing things, having fun, getting bug bites and then turning back and going home and doing it all over. Best laid plans mixed with small children and sprinkled with tired adults trying to execute “a plan”.
We drove about an hour and a half and the kids needed a break. We had an ipad movie but they were not in the mood so I fed them cheddar bunnies until we stopped in Lewiston, NY and had dinner at The Silo (known for their steak subs in a fun family resto out of an old coal silo). It was good to stretch their legs, let them run and feed them before putting them back in the car for the second leg of the drive to the hotel and right to bed.
Day Two A.M.: Breakfast was had at Jine’s in Rochester a nice family joint with the friendliest waitstaff. The boys got mickey mouse shaped pancakes. It was a beautiful day and we wanted to take advantage of the nice weather so we headed to Long Acres Farm in nearby Macedon, NY. It is an adorable little farm with tons of things for kids to do, a gift shop/ice cream shop and climbing structures that are super well built and home made, can’t find these anywhere else including two ships (which my boys love). We spent about an hour and a half there playing and then got some ice cream and headed on to mom’s favourite part of the trip the Eastmann Museum ( Kodak).
Day Two P.M. In the afternoon we visited the Eastman Museum in Rochester which is located in George Eastman’s (pioneer of popular photography and film and founder of the Kodak Company) 100+ year old mansion and is a museum dedicated to photography and its history. I was in heaven, clearly. The boys also enjoyed as the museum had lots of other exhibits happening in relation to cinema and a fantastic kids room we could have spent hours in that teaches them about photography and the process, and lets them see and touch it all. I was a kid in a candy store. More on that in a future blog post. We finished off the evening getting take out from the highly recommended Dinosaur BBQ and then hit the hay.
Day Three: Our last and final day was spent getting a quick bite, packing up the car and heading straight to the main event the Strong Museum. This was definitely worth the trip as the boys were in heavenly play land and we SO loved watching them have a good time.. You definitely need a day or two to get through the entire building thoroughly but some highlights for us was the Sesame Street exhibit, Superhero area, the toy hall of fame area and vintage toys. My husband absolutely loved the museum area as they take you through the decades in toys. We will definitely be back again.