Earlier, I posted some ideas taken from a guide available from the Tourist Information, but you may also want to:
Shop – http://www.inyourpocket.com/germany/stuttgart/shopping– try the pedestrianised Konigstrasse & also go past the Stiftskirche and turn left to find the designer area & Markt Platz -here you’ll find the Wochen Markt on Tuesdays, Thursday & Saturdays, and Stuttgart’s equivalent of Selfridges/Harvey Nicks is Breuninger towards the Rathaus U-Bahn stop on the Markt Platz http://www.breuninger.com/. Be aware that shops don’t open until 10am, but do open until 6 or 8pm most weekdays & Saturdays. However, there’s no shopping on Sundays – all the shops are closed! To keep the kids happy & your pocket empty, try Kurtz Spielwaren (also on the Markt Platz, opposite the Rathaus) or MyToys (Hauptbahnhof end of Konigstrasse) or the 1st floor (toys) or 2nd floor (Wii/DS/etc games) of Müller (also Konigstrasse, but away from Hauptbahnhof & towards Schlossplatz).
Ice skate – Eiswelt http://www.stuttgart.de/en/eiswelt (Ice World) is very near the Fernsehturm and offers iceskating sessions for €5 for Adults, €2.50 (12 & under)/€3 (13 & over), skate hire is free but deposit of €1 required.
Swim – the MineralBad in Bad Cannstatt is probably lovely for Adults, but kids aren’t usually allowed – try Leuze with it’s special kid & baby zones instead: http://www.stuttgart.de/kbb2/menu/187535
Invitations have been posted 🙂
Please RSVP as soon as possible (& certainly, by Christmas) so that we can do our best to be organised and at least attempt to come up with some sort of seating plan, finalise the menu, etc.
We would also like to know your preference for your main course, whether Meat (probably schnitzel) or Fish (probably Dorado fillet) so that we can organise the catering side of things.
There are a lot of children invited, and we realise that for them, sitting through a grown-up meal is rarely exciting. So, as the reception is at an Italian restaturant, we thought they would prefer their own tables, Pizza and probably some things to keep them entertained for a little while.
However, we haven’t organised any children-specific entertainment so you may want to make sure that your child(ren) have some games/books/etc. to play with. There is a small playarea (unsupervised) attached to the restaurant, but remember that it will be a February evening so hats, gloves & a good winter coat will be needed for playing outside!
I’ve added a page with some information about hotels – we can’t actually recommend any as we’ve never stayed in a hotel here in Stuttgart, so please use your judgment and make use of the online reviews!