We discovered Storyland, located in Glen, New Hampshire, during our first summer in New England. It is a theme park aimed at kids under 12. And adults who don’t like scary rides. Which would be me.
We visited a few times last year too :)
When I was in London for BritMums, my husband took the kids there with some friends. And, last week we visited again, this time taking my mother with us.
We had another wonderful couple of days in the park. Experiencing it with Granny made for a different experience for all of us, and the kids absolutely loved having her there. And, I have to admit I am hugely impressed that she went on several rides with them :)
We have Season Passes again this year, but we took advantage of the ‘after three, next day free’ offer for my mum’s entry.
The first afternoon we had a slow wander through the park, starting with one of the spinny rides that I refuse to go on… The expressions in this photo made me smile; the ride hadn’t even started yet!
Next, we wandered down past the Polar Coaster, and my mother stunned me by agreeing to go on it! I stayed behind to get some photographic evidence of this amazing occurrence (and she may be tiny in these photos, but I can see her!).
Needless to say, she won’t be going on it again, but I am incredibly impressed that she gave it a go and the kids were thrilled.
The wee girl however screamed all the way round…
A quick stop to stroke the giant pole of ice and then the wee girl was cheered up by milking the cow. She loves this, and ran back to it as soon as she could the following day too.
We stuck to the quieter side of the park for the rest of the afternoon, doing some of the more sedate rides, knowing that the boys would keep us busy with the bigger, faster rides the next day.
A trip on the swan boat was followed by a couple of goes on the Carousel, which proved to be a favourite with the wee girl. Which suited me as I could take her there the next day, while my husband took the boys on the rides I hate!
That afternoon we also had to take a photo at every cut-out character that we passed…
Bright and early the following day we were back. Starting with Dr Geyser’s Raft Ride (a family favourite), we were immediately soaked. So, when the kids made a beeline for the splash pad, we left them to play. What followed was a perfect summery moment of simple fun with water, and you can see the rest of the photos here.
Next up was Bamboo Chutes, the log flume ride. This is one of the 9yo’s favourites, and he went on it a lot over the course of the day!
And, he managed to persuade both me and Granny to go on it later in the afternoon. We must love him very much…
While the boys are on this ride, the wee girl loves to dance to the singing bamboo! By the time we leave I am able sing along to the whole thing…!
As most of us were pretty wet at this point, it was time for Splash Battle (where people in boats shoot water at people on the side, and they shoot back). After we got off our boat, soaked to the skin, I witnessed my favourite moment of the trip. My mother (who had stayed ‘on-shore’ with the 9yo) gleefully shooting water at people in the boats.
A quick spin on the Whirling Whales was followed by the Farm Follies Show. I have to admit, I would be very happy to give this a miss (singing scarecrow and vegetables…), but the wee girl loves it. So, we dutifully sat through it while my husband took the 9yo on the Roarasaurus roller coaster. I went on this last year, never (ever, ever) again, I’ve never been so terrified in my life.
Then it was time for our picnic lunch, and a play in another splash pad space, one of the wee girl’s favourites, with a submarine and coral and lots of opportunity for getting wet.
After lunch, we had a quick go on the tractors, which the wee girl really enjoys as she gets to ‘drive’ me around. The 6yo took Granny for a spin.
He then took my husband up in the crazy barn. And yes, that is my husbands arm sticking out of the barn, clinging on for dear life, trying to minimise the stomach churning lurching :)
We arrived at the Loopy Lab just in time for the magic show, which I have to say was very good this year. The wee girl was thrilled to get the Magicians autograph!
She also spent ages feeding foam balls to machines and waiting for them to fall on her head :)
The day was rounded off with pumpkins and ice cream, what more could you ask for?
Well, if you asked the wee girl, it would have been to see Tinkerbell again; the absolute highlight of the trip for her.
We had a wonderful couple of days, definitely made more special by having Granny with us. Lots of fun and laughter, and some incredible memories made.
I’m linking up with the wonderful Country Kids at Coombe Mill, as always. Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to and be inspired to get outside!