Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
One afternoon Mimi, Frankie and I hit the Outlet malls while the little kids went with Jon and David for some fun. One of the kids favorites was the bumper boats. It took a few rounds for Abigail to get the hang of steering and shooting the water gun mounted the front of her boat, several times she spun around in circles while firing!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The cast, animals and robots included, performs on a 330-foot (100-metre) wrap-around stage in a 339,000-square-foot building. The theatre's dome, which resembles an ancient temple, can be seen from many points around Branson. The huge complex has its own training facility and indoor zoo for zebras, camels, donkeys, llamas and even skunks. The animals are trained to handle stage lights, applause and music. The kids were thrilled as llamas and monkeys parade down the theatre's aisles to board the four-story ark. The musical will run for two years before the company adds new shows, on other biblical themes.
The show is a definite must see if you are in Branson. I’m sure many attend just for the sheer enjoyment of all the live animals and the majestic-ness of the show. What I really liked was the directors take on how Noah’s family may have responded to a hundred years of ridicule as they built the ark; and the interaction between the family members once they were confined on the ship.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Another highlight of the trip to Branson include a two hour cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle. We cruised around the beautiful Tablerock Lake on an 1800's style paddle wheeler. It is America's largest ship buil on a land locked lake!
It gave the kids the chance to feel what it was like to be on a cruise boat. The cruise included a feast on a three-course meal that was yummy! Following dinner we strolled the decks of the grand showboat.
The Showboat also had simply amazing entertainment. On the grand stage during dinner was their cast of singers and dancers performed 50 numbers from Broadway classics and big screen hits.
The headliner for the evening was comedian and acclaimed ventriloquist Todd Oliver and his talking dogs. You may have seen him on the Tonight Show or other tv appearances. The kids laughed so hard! He has live dogs that he has strapped a fake mouth contraption. Being dog lovers the show was so funny as an insight into what dogs think.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
We visited Talking Rocks Caverns just west of Silver Dollar City for a guided cave tour. We were led down a series of Platforms and steps to the floor of the cave. There are 265 steps, 150 down and 115 out.
The caves don’t really talk but they do make strange noises. The tour included a light and sound show. The cave features beautiful crystal ‘curtain’ and ‘bacon’ formations along with lovely geological features.
For above ground activities, the kids (and Jon) crawled thru a SpeleoBox maze. It is 150 feet of winding, twisting passages. This type of activity is used by cavers to practice safe caving techniques in this fun, simulated cave passage.
The kids also did some gemstone mining looking for semi-precious gems and minerals from around the world. We purchased a bag of mining rough, sifted thru it in a screed box by dipping it in water. We brought home some fun gemstones along with a card for proper stone identification.
It was such a fun day, after all it’s not everyday that you get to toss around words like stalactites, stalagmites and spelunking!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Cedric and Guinevere loved the beautiful lakeside accommodations with the breathtaking view of Table Rock Lake on Indian Point. The peaceful hills of the Ozark Mountain country were a wonderful vacation from the busy-ness of Plano!
Jon and I had the loft bedroom, it was a favorite spot for the kids toss paper airplanes down at the living room. Abigail being. . . , well Abigail threw a paper plane from the loft that landed on the top of the ceiling fan blades . . .purely by accident! ;)
Abigail declared Branson to be the most fun place on the planet.