Chad's parents were in town and we ended their visit with a night in Phoenix, since they were flying out of Sky Harbor. Thanks to the suggestion of my friend Paula, we stayed at the Arizona Grand Resort. The rooms were perfect; all newly renovated suites, so the kids had a room with a pullout couch and we had a king-sized bed, and Chad's parents had an adjoining suite. The best part about this hotel is the adjacent water park — the perfect way to survive a July day in Phoenix, because it really is too hot to do anything else. The kids had a blast, though Luke was very bummed to discover that he was too short to ride the water slide. We spent some time floating in the lazy river and swimming in the wave pool, though, and the kids played in the kid area for a while.
Dinner was also lots of fun. At the top of the hill near the hotel is the Rustler's Rooste. This was a great family restaurant; absolutely spectacular views of Phoenix, a big metal slide that kept Luke busy the entire time, and a live band that kept Maggie dancing. We spent a long time there and were all good and worn out by the time the evening was over.
The next day we headed to the Arizona Science Center. I can not believe that I didn't know this place existed before! They have a ton of fun and interesting hands-on displays, and the highlight of the whole trip for Luke was the Lego area. We had to tear him away when it was time to leave.
So even though the budget wasn't going to allow a "real" vacation this year, this little overnight trip was a great way to get a change of scenery, break up the routine, and have some fun with the kids.
The funniest part was on the way home when Luke asked, "When will we be back in America?"