Rochester, NY - 10/06/2012

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Beautiful fall colors

Today we started out today with breakfast with Bob and Ann Laban at a cute little restaurant called   Lantz's Bulk Foods in Warsaw, NY.  This place will cook up just about anything you could ask for breakfast.  They also sell all kinds of things in bulk, such as candy, sugar, and cheeses.  We got lucky and had a table right away for breakfast, but many people had to wait.

We so enjoyed our visit with Bob and Ann.  It was truly a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to meet them after having heard so much about them.  It was sad to part ways after only a short visit, but they were headed to Detroit for the long holiday weekend (Columbus Day), and we were on our way to Rochester.  Hopefully we can see them again before another 20 years have passed!

National Museum of Play

Once in Rochester, we went to the Strong Museum of Play.   This is a great children's museum in the heart of Rochester.  There was a grocery store for pretend shopping, and the cash registers really worked!  Rachael got a kick out of ringing up kids' groceries and giving them a receipt.  Chrissy enjoyed being a shopper and a cashier, too.

In Big Bird's nest

There was a Sesame Street section, which had a cool timeline of Sesame Street throughout the years, a monument to the "Count," and even a part where you could make a video of yourself on Elmo's World.

The Bearenstain Bears

There were lots of other sections like a historic house to play in, an arts and crafts section, Dora and Diego, and the Berenstain Bears.  Upstairs had a section all about video games and their history.  You could see everything from the original Atari up to today's XBox Kinect.  You could even play Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, or PacMan, as well as a ton of other arcade games from the 80s. 

Jim's Evel Knievel action figure

The neatest section, though, was the museum's extensive toy collection.  Margaret Woodbury Strong left her extensive toy collection and the money to fund the museum when she passed away.  Her collection includes dolls from the 1800s, right up through toys sold before she passed away.  It was like strolling down memory lane with all the toys organized by year.  Jim and I both saw toys we had as kids.  Jim had an Evel Knievel action figure, and I had the New Kids on the Block dolls.  There was a Mrs. Beasley doll, doll houses of all sizes, and much, much more.  For more information about the museum, click here.  Definitely worth the trip with kids!

The Apple II Computer

We stayed at the museum until it closed at 8pm, so that made for a full day for us.  Tomorrow more is on the agenda!

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