We went there for Ginger’s Birthday in June – and the girls had been begging to go back. We are in the middle of a huge heat wave – and I knew that it would be HOT (almost 100 degrees!) – so I decided for my birthday, we would stay home in the air conditioning and then go to Barnes and Noble for cookies and books in the afternoon.
But then, I decided to throw caution to the wind and take the girls to Adventure City anyway. One reason is because Paprika (9) is getting at the upper age limit for enjoying it. It’s really a small kids’ theme park – and so I wanted to squeeze in another trip before she ages out. Sob! Another reason is that I was feeling good, the girls were in a great mood – and it seemed like a fun adventure for the day. We never know how many more days we’ll all be feeling good and able to do it. So, carpe diem, right?
Mr. M was working at Dancing With The Stars, getting ready for the Season Premiere – so it was just us girls!
Us on the choo-choo train:
The park is about an hour’s drive for us, which is perfect because we’ve started listening to some new CDs in the car lately – all of which are exactly an hour long! We used to listen to Maestro Classics – and we have exhausted those (I think we might have all their CDs memorized). Now we are listening to a new series on composers. So far, we have listened to The Story of Chopin in Words and Music, The Story of Beethoven, and The Story of Tchaikovsky. I plan on getting the whole set (18 different composers)- most of which are available at the library. So far, we love them!
Anyhoo – we arrived at Adventure City and it really was 100 degrees! Thankfully, they have a giant mister where you can get soaking wet. So, the girls did that first thing! I also brought lots of ice water and we stayed hydrated!
The girls had a fabulous time and made the park their home away from home. I let Paprika (9) and Ginger (6) go off and ride together alone while I did little kid rides with Violet (3). The park is small enough that they could do that safely. To them, it felt like a big thrill to be able to go off and ride together without me. Sister bonding!
We did a lot of barnyard petting. Violet loved the goats, of course!
And Paprika loved the chickens – of course! She’s had a life-long love affair with chickens! Remember this blog post? And no, she will never ever eat chicken – ever never ever.
I feel like I’ve spent the past decade standing in petting zoos in 100 degree heat. I had to laugh when I read this blog post from long ago – talk about a walk down memory lane!
The more things change, the more they stay the same!
They had this breed of chicken there – and I didn’t get a picture, so I snagged this one off the internet. It was so cool and interesting!
Little Miss Ellie (7 months) hung out in my baby carrier most of the day – she was happy to see the sights and ride a few rides! She loved getting drenched in the water misters, and of course, she loved seeing all the farm animals. Mostly, she just people watched! Ha!
Since I knew Mr. M would be working late, we stayed until the park closed and we were the very last people to ride the very last ride! Paprika rode with Violet in this mini-airplane. Paprika wanted to pretend to be Amelia Earhart – so she did her best, even though she said Amelia Earhart’s plane was yellow (not green)! Ginger chose the yellow airplane, so green would have to do!
What a magical day we had! Also – I don’t have a picture of it – but we all rode the Carousel about a dozen times. Paprika stopped each time after she got off her horse, and she would talk to her horse, pet her horse, and give it a big hug before she left. It was the sweetest thing! As much as I think she’s getting too old for Adventure City – I’ll see something like that, and I think: We still have time. 🙂
We came home and had birthday cake! Mr. M brought home three slices from the Cheesecake Factory, and we all shared them!
I made a wish when I blew out the candles, and guess what…it already came true! 😉