Playing Hooky in Palm Springs

Kings Highway Palm Springs I don’t know what happened on Wednesday afternoon but I just had to get out of my house. Like OUT OF TOWN RIGHT NOW RIGHT THIS INSTANT. So I packed a bag, picked Scarlet up from school, and headed directly to Palm Springs. We were playing hooky, and it felt so right. I’ve decided to start a tradition where once a school year I will surprise her and just pick her up from school and whisk her away somewhere for a few days. Am I a bad parent? Maybe. But I feel good about my decision.

We arrived in the evening and had some dinner at Kings Highway, then roller skated around the Ace Hotel before snuggling together watching Food Network until we fell asleep. We woke up and immediately went for a swim in the perfect 80 degree heat… Ace Hotel and Swim Club with Kids

…for about 5 hours. Scarlet felt like the queen of the universe. Ace Hotel and Swim Club for Kids

She wanted to take a scooter into town, but I wasn’t keen on that, so we drove downtown to meet my friend at his new restaurant, Chicken Ranch, for a healthy, delicious lunch. Scoot Palm Springs

Followed by some shave ice at Lappert’s. We hadn’t had Lappert’s since our trip to Hawaii last year. This stuff is the best. Seriously. Lappert's Palm Springs

After that we headed back to the hotel and borrowed a tandem bicycle for a sweet ride together, Tandem Bicycle Palm Springs

followed by a few hours of studying and homework by the pool, before relaxing into another mellow night of hanging out in the spa and watching the stars.We Could Be Heroes

In the morning we spent a few more hours swimming, then decided to head to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. This was a good call. We did about 5,000 brain teasers, built a robotic race car, and Scarlet climbed this wall. Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert Climbing Wall

The current traveling exhibit is Chagall for children, and it was an awesome interactive exhibit. Scarlet made herself a part of this painting “At the Circus.” Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert Chagall for Children

Before we left the hotel, Scarlet had to leave her review…Ace Hotel Palm Springs Kid Review

…and her mark. Scarlet Was Here

A quick stop in Cabazon to see the dinosaurs is always necessary before heading back home to dad. Cabazon Dinosaur Foot

I highly advocate playing hooky every now and then.

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JUDY MAZZARI

HOW FUN PS IS THE BEST….WISH I STILL HAD MY CONDO THERE….I DO AGREE HOOKY TIME SOUNDS VERY FUN…ENJOY

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Samantha

How fun!! My mom actually used to do this same thing with me while I was growing up. Some of the best memories I have with her :). Hooky is always the best idea.

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