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A few Saturdays ago, we took an impromptu trip to Holiday World, a family-friendly amusement park a couple of hours away from our house. We'd heard good things about it and the weather was supposed to be perfect (unlike the rainy weekend before), so we packed everyone up and drove south.
|"Driving" the cars with the incredibly annoying horns.|
|Riding the kiddie coaster.|
|Helping Santa deliver presents.|
We started off in the Christmas kiddie section, because the girls could all go on the rides and we could gauge their ability to stomach thrill rides. They helped Santa deliver gifts...
...rode wavy fish...
...and swung on some saddled seahorses.
'Cause seahorses scream Christmas.
But the girls didn't seem to care, because, you know, they were riding SEAHORSES.
|Who's missing in this picture...?|
Overall, the girls were over the moon to have an unending supply of rides (and they didn't even have to beg for a coin like the do at the grocery store!) until they came to the last one and Kate was a couple of inches too short to go.
But, she recovered and we moved along.
|One of the few rides Henry got to go on and he was sooooo happy!|
Thought Kate was left out of the occasional ride due to her petitness, Henry was only able to go to on a handful, but it didn't dampen his spirits. He looooved watching the clanking roller coasters swoop past and smiled when he heard gleeful screaming.
|Watching people go down the log ride drop!|
|Claire's in the middle, riding a kitty with a fish in its mouth.|
|You'd better believe I dropped that quarter and soaked them with the geyser!|
|Kate taking Jack for a drive.|
|Evelyn taking Claire for a spin.|
|Screaming during the log ride drop!|
|Are we having fun yet?!|
Until Jack took the girls on the Mayflower, a giant, swinging boat.
Mistakenly, I thought riding a giant swing would be awesome. Nope. Once I found a spot to sit and watch with Henry and Kate, who was weeping again because of her shortness, I looked up to see Jack trying his best to comfort Evelyn, who gripped the rail like it was the only thing keeping her alive and Claire, who was red in the face and had an expression of sheer horror.
I couldn't help but feel awful. And giggle a little bit.
|You're okay Claire, I promise!|
|One unusual highlight--Jack caught a feisty little skink!|
After we'd roamed the entire park and ridden most of the rides at least once, we divided and conquered a bit so Jack and I could go on a few roller coasters and revisited some of our favorites. One thing that shocked me was that quiet, sometimes timid Evelyn went on a "grown-up" roller coaster...twice. At seven, she did something that I wasn't brave enough to do until I was a teenager and came out smiling. I can hardly wait until all the kids are tall enough to go!
|One of our favorite rides!|
At the end of the day, we were all pooped, soaked from head to toe and tired from literally running through the park the last half hour so we could squeeze in as many rides as possible (we got our money's worth!) and had a long drive home in the pouring rain, but it was so nice to have a day all to ourselves where we didn't have a care in the world, other than what ride to go on next.
I think we're going to have to plan a trip to Holiday World over Halloween next time...