A couple of weeks ago, we drove to Illinois to watch one my nieces in a track meet and another niece in her high school musical. In between events, we made a quick decision to stop by Casey, Illinois – a small town full of big things. It was a little out of our way to stop, but how often do you get the chance to see several of the World’s Largest items on one town street?

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Approximately 4 minutes after arriving in town, we ran into a camera crew. I immediately turned right back around and out the door. Chris smiled and was interviewed for a German tv show. This is such a reflection of our personalities!
The World’s Largest mailbox. You can actually mail something from inside and the flag will go up. We should have done bought a postcard in the candy shop and mailed a postcard. Those are my kids & Chris in the mailbox.
Hey teenager, take a picture with your mom.

World’s Largest rocking chair and wind chime.


A big birdcage – perfect for blocking the door and enjoying my coffee.
Chris and I have a goal to make sure our kids have lots of “remember that road trip when mom and dad made us stop for ________?” stories. A town full of big stuff…definitely a stop the Campbells needed to make.

You can find more about Casey, IL in the following places:

Casey WebsiteTripAdvisor

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  • Sara T - This cracks me up!!! I love just 35 minutes from Casey. I was very surprised to see your post title in my feedly and find out you really were talking about Casey. How Cool! (I have to go into Casey for work on occasion and so I drive by some of the bigger things, but have yet to see the golf tee)
    Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Tiffany - That really looks like a fun place to stop and visit.

  • Cynthia - Always a great share! Your goal is on point! Our roads trips when I was a child are the MOST memorable!!! 🙂

  • Sharron - Are all the features free? That would be an great day trip!

  • susan - I so love that you drove out of your way for something like that. We have two kids, 5 and 11 and they both love road trips and always have. people wonder how or why we can have them in the car for hours on end. Because we don’t. We pick weird and random things to visit and make wonderful memories and sometimes we make them up ourselves. When our oldest was younger we told him rest stops were wrestle stops and we had to get out and wrestle! He loved it and would ask with great excitement when the next wrestle stop was. Road trips really are what you make them! i always appreciate reading your blog.

Often the activities we do as a family tend to cater more towards our older kids than the girls. The girls are always in the mix of everything and I forget that their experiences as 5 & 7 year olds is so different than their brothers. It isn’t a bad thing, it is just different. I’m sure most families with a span of ages can relate. This weekend we made a stop that catered to the girls by visiting the Oklahoma WONDERtorium – a children’s museum in Stillwater, OK.

It was incredibly fun to watch the girls dive deep into role playing and the exploring the ‘adult’ world through interactive exhibits. They surprised me with the areas they loved the most. My youngest had two favorites: working the desk at the doctor’s office and using crutches.

WONDERtorium-01These two in roles I could definitely see one day – radio DJ and research doctor!WONDERtorium-07WONDERtorium-04My oldest is studying biology and recently wrapped up a unit on the cardiovascular system. I challenged him to name all the parts…and put the body back together.WONDERtorium-06Most of the role playing exhibits captured the girls’ attention. The boys stayed busy in the areas with building and puzzles.
WONDERtorium-09WONDERtorium-10WONDERtorium-11The crutches. She spent a close to 3 hours walking around on those crutches. She is now asking for crutches and a cast for her birthday. The boys spent a third of their time at the Amazing Airways wall. They could change up the flow of air and had non-stop challenges on who could catch the most flying objects. I need to install one of those at my house!WONDERtorium-12WONDERtorium-13WONDERtorium-14WONDERtorium-05We spent about 3 hours in the various parts of the museum, which was a lot longer than I though we would. When we first arrived I realized it was a smaller museum, so I wasn’t sure how long the kids would be entertained. I think the girls could have stayed even longer. We were there in the afternoon, so it was not very busy. The kids could all be in different areas and I could still see each of them. By the time we made it to this final room, we were all getting hungry. The boys probably could have spent a good hour just building in here!
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The girls (5 & 7) were perfect ages for the WONDERtorium. My boys (9, 11, 13) were a bit old, but they had a great time, too. It is wonderfully geared more towards the imaginations and curiosity of the younger ages. By the time we were in the car, my girls were already asking to go back.

For more information on the Oklahoma WONDERtorium, visit these sites:

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Trip Advisor | YouTube

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After the museum, we thought it was only right we introduce the kids to a Stillwater (and Oklahoma) icon – Eskimo Joe’s. We knew it would be best to arrive in between lunch and dinner to avoid the crowds and rambunctious sports fans 😉

The weather was so beautiful. We don’t eat out very often (big family of big eaters means a big bill!). As we sat there waiting for food everyone just talked. It was relaxing and fun. There was a season that eating out with a bunch of babies and toddlers was absolutely not worth it. Even if everyone was happy and well-behaved, it still wasn’t necessarily fun and it definitely was not relaxing. I felt bad for all the college students that they were missing out on all the fun at my table!
WONDERtorium-16Not far from Eskimo Joe’s is a huge Bumblebee Transformer (Optimus Prime is down the road). We stopped for a few pictures and then visited the OSU Botanic Garden to burn off all the burgers and cheese fries we had just consumed.

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WONDERtorium-17WONDERtorium-18WONDERtorium-19My sister and brother-in-law attended OSU in Stillwater, but I’ve never done much exploring in the area. There are several other places we’d like to visit, so we are working on a return trip very soon!CLICKHEREtravel

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  • Sara T - Santa brought my daughters (then aged 7 and 9) a pair of crutches for Christmas 2 years ago (after we had went to a similar museum in central IL) and they still play with them on a regular basis — best $20 Amazon purchase ever. 🙂

  • Byron - Pretty awesome! I have not been back to my alma mater in some time. I may have to go up and see what’s new some weekend.

  • Debbie H - No living person in a back pack any longer in these photos! 🙂
    Looks like a really fun exploratorium for kids. You do such a great job making it look like you where the only ones there.

  • Kelly - I LOVE museums like this! Kelly

cousins01The youngest Campbell boy and the youngest Zellers. Everything my nephew does makes my boys laugh. When their sisters were each a year old, they were still pretty young themselves. They don’t remember the fun of watching a little person discover the world. Having a teeny guy in the family brings out a new side to my guys. They take their role as older boy cousins very seriously. If it is loud, messy, ornery, or dirty, you better believe they work hard to encourage it. One minute they are giving him a drink by spraying a water bottle in his mouth and the next minute they are talking about what they’ll do with him when he is older.

A long time ago, I dreamed of my sister have boys the same age as mine. Turns out this is pretty wonderful too.

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  • Nicolet - My sisters has a 13 year old and a 16 year old (also 4 douaghters that are even older) and I have a 8 year old boy> Though mine thinks his older cousins are the best, they don’t seem to care that much. More like: BORING But hey teenagers can be like that. But the otherway around. My husbunds sister has a soon to be 6 year old who thinks our boy is the world. I try to teach mine to enjoy it and make fun together. That usually goes great. I like that a lot. great picture

  • Laura - As our children grow, we tend to miss the younger years…. the smell of the baby skin, the words that are turned around a bit, the wet sloppy kisses, the tiny arms around your neck. But when you are able to see who they are becoming, it is time to hit your knees in thanksgiving and praise the Lord for who he has placed in your life! The view is lovely from your knees. Life is good.

  • Debbie C - So sweet! What a lucky little boy, to have so many older “brothers” who love on him.