Ever since I realized that Jillian is on the daring side, I've wanted to take her to an amusement park. I figured Dutch Wonderland would be just our speed since it is geared for the kids of younger ages and is much less crowded than the typical Hershey Park or Kings Dominion outing. And less expensive. Kids under 3 free, too! Which I guess makes sense since most kids under 3 don't enjoy many rides by themselves. Well, I know one almost 18-month old that got her money's worth today!
Jillian and I met up with Amanda (from church) and her son Josh this morning at 10am when the park opened. The parking lot wasn't even half full at park opening. Score!
Amanda and I rode with Josh and Jillian on the truck ride first. She couldn't reach the steering wheels while strapped in, so she enjoyed playing with them after the ride ended.
Then Jillian enjoyed riding the bulldozer ride by herself.
I spotted a bear ride that looked a little fast, but it was early and there were very few people waiting, so I took a chance and let Jillian ride it. (Josh was not as interested in riding this one!)
It was pretty fast I thought...here Jilly is after the ride started with her hat blown off and holding on pretty tight!
We strolled over to the big slide and each went down with our little ones. No pics of Jillian on this one, but Josh loved it, so I took a picture of the two of them going down a second time. Here it is so you can see what fun Jilly had!
Jillian went on a pony ride...
...and then we went on a boat ride. Oh yeah, we also did the Double Splash Flume, which Jillian seemed not to mind, either (although I did feel her grip on my legs tighten a bit when we went down the big hills!). I would even count it as her first roller coaster. No pics of this one either...I was busy holding on to her, since there's a pretty steep drop in it.
We broke for lunch and headed over to the water park area, Duke's Lagoon. This was the biggest hit for both kids all day!
Jillian loved walking/trotting back and forth in the water and kicking it around.
There were some awesome kiddie-sized water slides in the "small kid" area of the water park. That's where we stayed most of the time. Jillian learned more about "taking turns" with other kids as the water park got more crowded.
We had a great time, spending about five hours or so at the park! Jillian sacked out hard in the car just about as soon as we got moving, since clearly, no nap was had while we were there!
Sorry mom, forgot to say THANK YOU for letting me borrow your camera!!!
8 years ago