Oh, sure, it might be free to walk around and look at stuff, but if you want to get your face painted or get a balloon animal, you're dishing out the dough. And there's always the possibility that you'll get stuck with having to pay for parking.
Fortunately, all my worries were unfounded. It really was absolutely free. (Except for the snack bar, but that's to be expected.)
At first I thought the coolest thing about our visit was going to be Connor's balloon hat.
Then he got his gnarly sword.
Yet the fun didn't end there! The girls got some awesome face painting done by one of the clowns.
Olivia went first, but looked a little concerned when she (the face painter) started applying liberal amounts of pink blush to her face and nose. (Note: Olivia hates all things pink on principle.)
As we neared the end, she still wasn't sure if she was going to like it or not.
But in the end, I think she was happy with it.
And then it was Kelsey's turn!
She had to work hard to keep her hair out of her face while the artist was working,
Here's a picture of the clown-artist hard at work!
And our finished result? Fabulous! (Though Kelsey swore she was a man because she had a mustache...)
We had to get one picture of the three older kids together, of course. Connor was very, very concerned that he was going to have to get his face painted. He wasn't having any of that.
The clowns were also the ones making the balloon animals/items for the kids. We sure appreciated their hard work!
Where was Maddox during all this fun? Well, for a while he just stared and stared at everything around him.
But eventually he was just chillin'.
After we left the fair, we decided to check out the Spaghetti Warehouse in Bricktown. The kids got coupons for a free kids meal in the bags from the Summer Reading Program at the library. However, we rarely go out to eat, and hardly ever in Oklahoma City, so today was the perfect day to go since we were practically already there.
Unfortunately, I didn't think about the fact that Saturday afternoon in Bricktown is "rush hour". Parking was difficult to find, though we eventually got lucky. And then there was a 20 minute wait for a table. At 11:15am. As delicious as it was, lunch took forever! I fed the meter for 90 minutes, and it had expired by the time we got back to the van.
I got Ben to pose with Kelsey for a picture while we were waiting, but I didn't use the flash. Hence, I had to play with the tints and exposure once I uploaded this picture to the computer and the coloring looks a little different from the rest. Why not take another one you ask? It's simple. With Ben and cameras, you don't usually get do-overs.
Can I just tell you how much I love the high-chairs at this place? Maybe it's because their specialty is spaghetti, but it comes with a full tray and a plastic bib. Rock on, people!
Do you notice what's missing from Kelsey's face here? Her green nose paint. Apparently glitter paint really itches, so while we were waiting for a table I took the girls to the bathroom and cleaned what I could off their noses.
Once again, Connor saw me taking pictures and decided to pose. I can't help but laugh every time.
Then, while we were waiting a million years for our food, the girls both decided that it was time to take all of the make-up off. They were still gorgeous!
And Connor was still goofy. Cute,but goofy.
When the food finally came, Maddox got in on the pasta action.
He really, really likes table food. Can't you tell?
I love days like this one! Some family time in the morning, an afternoon nap, and the girls cleaned while I slept. It doesn't get any better than this!