Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Frank and Honest Discussion About Story Land

 ex·pert[n., v. ek-spurt; adj. ek-spurt, ik-spurt]

1.  a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; specialist; authority:

Zoe,who is four, is an expert on many things.  Dinosaurs, The Three Pigs, travel to New York, sloths, how to care for box turtles, the blue morpho butterfly, painting, and the magical properties of unicorns, just to name a few.  She can tell you everything there is to know about these things, and will if she is in the mood.  Given that this is her third continuous summer as a Story Land season pass holder, I am pretty sure that she also qualifies as a Story Land expert.  I decided to sit down with her for an in depth interview about the best and worst of Story Land...from a four year old point of view.

For those of you who don't know, Story Land is an fantastic Amusement Park located in Glen, NH, targeted at children ages 2-12.  For a young child, Story Land is pure magic.

So here it is...the interview.

Me- What is the best part of Story Land?
Z- The Polar Coaster.
Me- Why?
Z- Because it's really fast, just like me!

Me- What's another fun one?
Z- The Whirling Whales.
Me- Why?
Z- It whirls and whirls and whirls a lot of times!

There are rides for all ages and stages.  When I take both kids, both Zoe and Sam (18 months) we have a blast visiting Butterfly Island, visiting Cinderella, riding the carousel, driving the tractors and watching Farm Follies.  When we go as a family, an adult for each child, Sam and I hang out in the sprayground while Zoe and her Dad ride the Polar Coaster and the Bamboo Chutes over and over and over.

Me-What don't you like?
Z- The Turtles, they're too fast.  They make me scared.

I know plenty of kids that love the Turtles, but my speed loving daughter doesn't.  I guess I put this in as a reminder that our kids are quirky, and unique.  I know that whenever I take my kids to a park, especially when I have paid for a day, I have an image in my head of how that day is going to go.  As clear as my image is, if I push my kids too hard, or push them in a direction that belongs to me rather than them, I risk the day ending in tears.  A happy day at Story Land is a child led day.  If that means you skipped the Turtles, or spent 45 minutes in the sandbox, or went on the Whirling Whales so many times your head is still spinning, so be it.  Story Land is geared toward kids.  Let them lead the way and your day will be one for the scrapbook!

Me-What should you bring to eat?


Me-What should you bring to drink?
Z-Juice, Lemonade, Milk, Water

Well, she's right about this one.  Story Land is big for your little one.  It takes a lot of energy to make it through the day.  A fed and hydrated child makes for a happy mom or dad.  Story Land has great cubbies for your cooler, but also has very reasonable rates for food and drinks.  There's also the big lion water fountain which my child, at least, would choose over almost any other drink!

Me-Who do you think would like to go to Story Land?
Z-Me, Sam, Daddy, and You

Right on Zoe.  Great for families, great for friends, great for everyone!  Have a great time...we'll probably see you there!


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