It's always fun. It's always exciting. It's always a highlight of the year. This past Saturday was State Farm Play Day. Since Briggs is still too little to enjoy most of what Play Day has to offer (and since we were skipping naps to take advantage of the whole day of fun), we swapped sons with Melissa and Evan. In keeping with tradition, Liam joined us for the day of fun.
The highlights of the day always include:
Riding a school bus from the parking lot to the park. The thrill of this never seems to fade. We were the first people on the first bus of the day, and stayed until all the activities were closed up. It was a full, fun day!!
It rained for about an hour of State Farm play day. While many people took cover in the tents with the crafts and games, we took advantage of the fact that there was no line for the ponies...and the kids rode them about 6 or 7 times in a row. They ended up pretty wet, but very happy. Adelie declared the pony rides her favorite activity of the day.
The plethora of bouncy houses, bouncy slides, and bouncy obstacle courses are enough in themselves to keep the kids occupied for a whole day. The kids all loved the Finding Nemo obstacle course, doing that one at least 20-30 times.
The giant hamster ball was another big hit. Each kid chose to keep getting back in line to do this one over and over again.
And, of course, the rides are always a highlight. Liam declared the "roller coaster" his favorite activity of the day while Staley chose "the spinner" at the top of her list. (Riding the spinner with the kids the first time they rode it made me realize that my vestibular system is not what it used to be.)
Adelie still was not crazy about some of the bigger, faster rides. She rode the roller coaster once, did the big slide once, and rode the rocking pirate ship once, deciding that all 3 of those were a little too fast or scary for her.
But she loved the motorcycles, the ladybug ride, the fun house, the spinning apples, and the train.
And all 3 kids worked together to polish off a bag of cotton candy on the bus ride back to the parking lot. A first for all 3 of them, and got 6 big thumbs up!! Nothing like topping off a day of corndogs, chips, and strawberry shortcake with pure sugar and food coloring.
Hooray for State Farm Play Day. Can't wait until next year!!