"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Monday, October 01, 2007

Day One: Storyland

We could've spent a whole 'nother day here... so much to do!!I can only imagine what Caden was thinking as we plunked him on ride after ride as many were rated for toddlers. 16 months old and joy-riding the tea cups? Lucky little bugger!

Daddy got to ride the Whale Whirl, an all-around favorite of the kids...
The loud and crazy "ball factory" as Gabriel called it, was a haven for fathers who played out fantasies of bopping their children (and wives) with zillions of foam balls. I can't even count how many times I flinched as if I were about to be shot by a baseball...

The "Crazy Barn" was just that. I knew it was a bad idea but nevertheless, the kid's hopped on this sky-high ride and wished they hadn't. I could hear Gabriel screaming, "I want to get OFF!" from the street below.

Munchie was a trooper and held out until shortly after the above mentioned barn.
We ended the day with a relaxing train ride through Storyland with hopes to return again next year...

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