After Penelope's we continued in our shopping on the other side of the street! We made it back to our van and we decided to do more inside things. That led us to Caffe Collage still downtown, but off the beaten path a little bit. All the more reason to review it here. It isn't on the strip, so it isn't widely known....but it is a must stop location for anyone...kids, couples, singles. They are family friendly and group friendly. It is a very nice place to sit and relax and in our case, listen to the thunder as it passes over. It was really neat. So...what is Caffe Collage? It is a nice little place to eat lunch, have a snack, have a coffee....sit on a couch and chit chat, AND you can paint, make jewelry, etc. We had just eaten lunch, so we chose a couple snacks of brownies and smoothies! Then we headed back to the "Art Room". MaKenna picked up a nice flower vase to paint, Major picked up a fire truck to paint, Cam and Jake picked up empty canvases to draw and paint their own picture, and Jeff and I chose to make necklaces. It was very peaceful and quite a lot of fun. Even the big boys who complained a little when I said we were doing arts and crafts, enjoyed it! I had the opportunity to talk with the employee in there who was the sister of the owner. The owner started Caffe Collage about 3 years ago at the age of 18. Business is going really well. Much of their business is local, but if you are visiting there, it really is worth checking it out! They are very friendly there and will help you to the best of their ability. When we were there, it was pretty busy and the employee was alone....but we did fine on our own and she checked on us periodically. This is definitely a family friendly place!
After that we headed back to the hotel for a little bit of resting before we headed out to Safeway to get some food for a get together with our friends from hockey in Omaha, who are visiting here too! They have a condo, so we took some burgers over there and grilled out. We had a lot of yummy food and it was great catching up with them. They're condo sits up next to some rock formations that the kids loved climbing on. After dinner we walked the two blocks to downtown again along the boardwalk of the river and got some ice cream! The boys even climbed in the river when they found a yellow rubber ducky stuck between two rocks! They did save the yellow ducky! :-)