Owen’s First Amusement Park

We weren’t sure what to expect with Owen when we got to Idlewild Park. It’s been years since we’ve been to the park, and we were the ones riding the rides then. Because we only had one day to do everything we were going to attempt to skip his nap (which is a big risk). The weather was on our side, and we were stocked with snacks, milk, and the stroller (even though Owen didn’t want to be in it).

We started with Story Book Forest, and Owen surprisingly really enjoyed it even though he didn’t recognize all of the characters. He had fun exploring all of the little houses and climbing on what he could. Next up was Jumping Jungle. Here he played in a huge ball pit, put balls in air tubes, and went down a slide with us on a potato sack. We both took turns taking Owen down the slide, and I have to admit that I was a little worried that we were going to fly off the side.


On the way back to the car to grab lunch Owen saw a log water ride that he had to go on. The entire time we ate he kept bugging us about it. Though I think he was an inch too short for the ride, after hearing him plead with us throughout lunch we puffed up his hair and crossed our fingers. Once we got into our log Owen was immediately began to second guess his decision, but by then it was too late. Going up the hill he was really worried, but once we got to the bottom he loved it and wanted to go again (but we weren’t about to wait in that line again).

We then headed to the water park. We went to the baby pool, the wave pool, and Adventure Galley. There were a good amount of things that Owen was too small for, but he enjoyed getting wet. He is still not a big fan of water :/, but he did enjoy watching the other kids have fun. He did great considering this was during his usual nap time.


Next we went to Raccoon Lagoon where all of the kiddie rides are. Owen rode everything! He had no fear – he even rode a miniature caged Ferris wheel all by himself. I think he must have taken after me because Tony was afraid of rides when he was younger.

By this time it was getting late and we still needed to do the trolley ride through Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. I thought Owen might not be willing to wait in line, but he managed to hold himself together and we boarded our last ride of the day. We thought the trolley ride was super cheesy, but Owen ate it up. He even sang along and clapped even though nobody else on the trolley did. When our day came to an end Owen fell asleep before we even made it out of the parking lot.



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