"Did you take him yet?" My friends would ask impatiently. "I'm telling you...he's the perfect age. He's gonna love it!"
Well, it turns out that my mommy friends DO know what they're talking about. After getting five gushing reviews about the place and how much their toddlers loved it, I decided maybe it wouldn't hurt if we checked it out before the summer ended. My husband took a half day on Friday, and so we went during the week, when most children have already started back to school, and got to share the amusement park with only a few dozen people; it was great!
Having not been to the amusement park in quite some time, I was elated to see some of the old rides from my childhood and surprised to see some of the new rides. Indeed, if the park seemed amateurish when I was a kid, the park looks like a "real" amusement park now with a "real" gated entrance, a "real" roller coaster, and a "real" map/layout of all the rides.
While there were definitely more advanced rides to satisfy the elementary school, middle school, and even high school crowd, there were also a dozen rides or more that were perfect for a three year-old. It didn't take long for Little Lewie to remember riding the carousel or the little cars from experiences before, so when he saw both of these rides this time, he was tickled pink. Even more, since we had the park mostly to ourselves, Little Lewie could choose to go on the same rides over and over again without even having to get off and wait in line. We were spoiled--big time.
Here's a chronicle of some of the rides Little Lewie went on for his first amusement park adventure. If he didn't exactly know what it meant to "go on rides" before, he certainly knows the phrase now. I may have been seven years-old for my first amusement park experience but what can I say? Three is the new seven.
|The new, updated entrance gate to Quassy.|
|Lewie's first ride at the park. I have to admit...the stairs made me nervous.|
|"Again Daddy. Again!"|
|"Look. I'm a sea captain!"|
|"Don't you love my shark torpedo!"|
|Lewie's first "big" ride and all by himself too! (We weighed too much to go with him.)|
|"I guess that was fun. Can I go on the cars again?"|
|On the choo-choo train. We each had our own seat!|
|"Watch me drive!"|
|The three Muskateers.|