Blisters. Chafed thighs from a wet swimsuit. Sore lefts from walking up and down stairs. And no I didn’t do a hike or go on a nature trail. But I did get a workout of sorts at an amusement park. While I wasn’t walking the Appalachian Trail, I was walking up a storm at Hershey Park. Ow. I have the aching legs to prove it.
We may not be the most energetic family around, but when it comes to amusement parks and sightseeing we are a force to be reckoned with. Even in our days with a baby, a toddler, and a couple of preschoolers, we would always stay the distance at an amusement park. Our secret? We’re a little nutty when it comes to doing everything we can to have fun. But, the real trick is to schedule the day with frequent stops, breaks, and even naps.
My husband and I would trade off and one of us would take the older child(ren) on rides while the other walked around with the baby/toddler in the stroller. The baby didn’t always take a nap, but she would be refreshed for the rest of the day. Another key is to give your child small quantities of food, so don’t overface them. Let your child let you know how much they want to eat. We stopped buying the kiddie meals at the park and instead would purchase 1 full meal and a couple of snack-type foods. I would also bring food from home, like apple sauce, juice bottles, crackers, and baby cookies. I found through experience that no one wants to eat a full meal on a hot day at a amusement park.
Now that my children are older, I let them choose what they want to eat when we are out and about. If my teen wants to eat an ice cream, that’s her choice. I know that when we get home we’ll eat healthier food.
So, Monday was a Hershey Park trip for us, which means that Tuesday was a day of recovery. We all snoozed the day away. I did get a couple of posts up here and there. I reviewed @MyEmergencyApp for 5 Minutes for Mom…and there’s a giveaway too!
I have a pair of posts up on AboutOne’s Blog. You’re the CEO of your family…I just know it! So am I. And another one on the staggering cost of a supposedly free public school education.
Giveaways! Let’s not forget about giveaways. I’m part of a Group Giveaway for Snomee Snow Globes with a special place for storing Gift Cards. Do you live in the Washington, D.C. area? Well, I’ve got a giveaway going for a family 4-pack of tickets to How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at the Verizon Center in D.C. I can’t wait for the show!
I was sent a Snomee snow globe and a family 4-pack of tickets to How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular as compensation. The views expressed in this post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.