Here's an example of why it is great to be a parent in the city. This morning we dropped my husband off at his office in downtown St. Paul and decided to check out the Land O' Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show just down the street at the convention center. My daughter loooooooooves dogs so this was the best 8 bucks I've ever spent on an event. Dogs in the hallways, dogs prancing around the judging rings, dogs getting groomed, it was a dog-loving toddler's delight. I like dogs too (and based on today have decided that our next dog will be from a Belgian Malinois or Belgian Tervuren rescue club), but I also delighted in the people watching. For all who have seen Christopher Guest's"Best in Show" there is nothing like a dog show to confirm his vision. Granted I didn't spy any Parker Posey characters frantically looking for the "busy bee," but there was far too much pep-talking going on between human and dog (overheard: "do you think you did well? do you think you did well?"), not to mention over-use of the word "bitch." Just cause its the right word for a female dog, doesn't mean you have to use it.
Anyway, parents who live in the city (and the surrounding suburbs too), if you don't know about these two great web-sites that have daily activity calendars and tons of ideas for places to go check them out here (Go City Kids is how I found out about the dog show).
Go City Kids