|Worlds of Fun!|
One of the planned activities for our family reunion was a trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri. I was probably as excited as the girls to go since it was their first time to a theme park and it was one of my favorite destinations as a teenager.
|Kaylee and Evie figured out how to fly. Claire and Kate, no quite.|
|Grandma doing what grandmas do best: watching grandbabies.|
The entire morning was spent in the kids' section, which was no surprise: they were having a blast and though I enjoy a good thrill ride myself, it was a lot of fun watching the kids scream with excitement as they rode the planes, the roller coaster...
|Getting ready to start the roller coaster.|
...the race cars...
|Fun on the race cars.|
(I think the cars were one of Kate's favorites, despite repeatedly smacking her head as we rounded the track)
|Kate loved the race cars.|
|Driving the bugs around.|
|Taking a boat ride.|
|Kate wishing she were tall enough for the swings.|
...the mini Detonator...
|Fun on a mini-Detonator.|
|Taking a trip over the top of the kiddie rides.|
...and the Viking Voyager.
|Heading out on the Viking Voyager.|
Kate even got to ride the Viking Voyager once despite being three inches too short. As Jack was about to step in, there was a boat malfunction and it took off with him half in it, so, with Kate in his arms, he jumped in. She loved the drop.
|By the third or fourth time, the girls liked the drop.|
It took a few rides for the older girls to prove that plummeting drops are exciting. After a quick picnic lunch, we headed back to the park and went over to Oceans of Fun. We tried the wave pool (that just knocked the girls over) and a rowdy "big kids" area (where the water was freezing and mischievous little boys were ready at every turn to dump buckets of water on unsuspecting children) before finding a tranquil-yet-fun kids area with slides galore (and water no deeper than two feet). Everyone was reenergized though not at all happy to leave for dinner (think over-the-top meltdowns as we headed for the car).
|One of the last rides open: the Ferris wheel!|
Once the kids were settled with grandma and grandpa at the hotel, we dashed back for a few precious hours of ride time in the evening. The lines were pretty long so we only made it to four rides but it was an enjoyable date night.
|The result of a day of fun.|
|This sums up our day.|
They don't call it Worlds of Fun for nothin'.