Monday, November 23, 2009


Yesterday we took a day trip to Hartford to attend the Lego Kidsfest:

The kids and husband got a chance to see the new sets for 2010, which include a Prince of Persia tie-in as well as a new Toy Story set. (Toy Story 2 is one of my top movies ever.)

The Kidsfest was exceedingly crowded. We'd bought our tickets online and were able to go right in, but the line to buy tickets at the box office was 3 hours long. A fire marshal was counting ins and outs to make sure the convention center didn't exceed capacity (apparently it reached capacity on Saturday).

But we found ourselves done by about 1 pm (we'd arrived at 10), so we decided to check out the Mark Twain House. As a student of 19th century American lit, I am always ready to go to the house of a famous 19th century author. I would have preferred Harriet Beecher Stowe, but I felt Twain would have more general appeal to my initially recalcitrant* kids. It helped that when we arrived a petting zoo was set up outside. The kids had fun petting the alpaca, sheep, and bunnies. The pot-bellied pig was also adorable. Inside there was a penny machine--always a big hit! And there was a display of toys and toy trains in a Christmas theme, and that was also interesting.

*Sophie just asked me what this word means. I told her she didn't want to do it at first. She says that she didn't want to do it the whole time.

The house itself is wonderful. I love old houses to begin with, but Twain was such an interesting person and his house befits him. The tour guide was good, and she told us the house will be featured on Ghost Hunters on SyFy on Dec. 2!

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