Monday, 06 July 2015 09:55

St. Louis Summer Quest: Route 66 Festival/ Great Race in Kirkwood

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My son absolutely loves cars, trains, trucks, and basically any kind of transportation and he shares this love of vehicles with his cousin.  So, when I heard about the Route 66 Festival and the Great Race in Kirkwood, I knew I had to take them there. Great Race banner

I packed a backpack full of snacks and frozen water to avoid spending extra money and to keep us cool.  It was a hot Saturday morning and we arrived early to make sure we found parking really close to the event.  We were lucky because we found parking across the street from the Kirkwood Library.  We saw Cinderella, Belle and Spongebob Squarepants.  The kids seemed to be unimpressed with the princesses’ performances but I was singing my heart out to some childhood favorites.  Old school fire trucks were on display and the local restaurants were open.  Some restaurants had booths outside.  Red CarOn the other side of Kirkwood Road, the cars that would be a part of the race were lined up.  The kids were in heaven!  They wanted to get into all of the cars.  Later, we went into the firehouse and saw an ambulance and a firetruck.  My son was amazed to see the huge truck up close.  As we walked out, we could see the crowd moving toward the starting line so we followed suit.  We sat down on a curb and had water and snacks.  Suddenly, we heard a train coming.  This was my son’s first time seeing a train in person.  He was super excited, but I may have been twice as excited as he was.  People even gave me funny looks.  Two trains passed by, one that was more of a high speed train and another that was more of a traditional looking train.  About ten minutes after the second train left, the race began.  The cars were released at specific times.  I liked that because it gave us time to admire each car.  White CarWe had to move down the street to get a better view.  We watched the cars for about 20 minutes then my niece got restless so we decided to go to the bouncy house.  She had a ball! Then both kids got their faces painted.  I wasn’t really happy with the “lightning bolt” that they painted on my sons face. Face Painted The heart my niece got on her face was really cute though.  They were able to make pictures with stamps and markers that were provided by the Magic House.  By this time, both kids were sleepy and we decided to go home.  We had a great time looking at all the cars and being outdoors.  And best of all, it was FREE 99!  Thank you to everyone who made the Route 66 Festival possible.