Wildwood Highlands

July 10th, 2011

Today I rode on a spinning-teacup-esqe carnival ride.  It was geared to three year olds.  I nearly yakked.

A cheery wave before the nausea set in…

Miss Mouse, on the other hand, had the time of her life.  We weren’t ten seconds into the ride when she started planning what color cup she was going to ride in next.  Ah, the iron stomach of youth.

Josh is out of town at a church convention and my folks and I took the opportunity to play hookie from church (don’t judge me!) and take the kids to Wildwood Highlands.  I’d never heard of it, but Dad bought a Groupon a while back so we decided to give it a try.

It’s basically a kiddie amusement park — mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats, arcade games, etc.  But they also have sections for wee kiddies, including a carousel, train ride, and the spinning-whirling-puke thing.  The place was practically deserted and most of the time Miss Mouse and Buggie had the rides to themselves, free to go round again and again.

Inside, there’s a two-story “soft play” area with ball pits and a massive climbing play area (think McDonalds play land on steroids).  Miss Mouse was determined to go down the two-story slide, but that meant I had to crawl, clamber, and haul myself through the tubes and webbing and nets and whatnot because there was no way she would have made it on her own.  Heck, I barely figured out how to get to the slide and I had instructions from the helpful pre-teen boy working the attraction!

All in all, Wildwoods was a pretty solid day of amusement, though it could get expensive fast with multiple kids.  You don’t pay to get in, but each ride costs a certain amount of tickets which you purchase in batches, then dole out.  Happily, they let parents ride along for reduced rate (sometimes free) and Buggie was free everywhere.

This is how you know it was a good day…

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