Hi Everyone! Happy Friday again!
We had the chance this week to go to the NUMBER ONE rated amusement park for children in America, IdleWild Park. Ever been there? We went with several family members including my 5 year old nephew and 8 year old niece. Neither "E" nor "G" had ever been there before. We got to go on all kinds of death-defying rides (not really that scary) and eat funnel cake. Yuuuuummm!
As you pull up to IdleWild, the first thing you notice is how the amusement park is so well laid out, it's all nestled in among the hills and trees of western Pennsylvania. You feel like you are at a camp ground and not a major tourist attraction. Perfect! My kind of adventure!
It's a fairly large park with exciting rides for kids of all ages (Even kids in their 40's). The park is broken up into different attractions. There's Olde IdleWild (basic thrill rides), SoakZone (water slides and water rides), Racoon Lagoon (rides for the little ones), Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Of Make-Believe ("G" is a fan but "E" always found him a little creepy!! - sorry:)), Hootin' Holler (old-school type rides - rides that freaked your grandparents out but seem rather low key and tame in todays world), Jumpin' Jungle (rope climbing and swinging), and Story Book Forest (the wee ones get to meet all of their favorite characters from nursery rhymes and traditional children's tales).
Come ride the old timey wooden rollercoast with us below...you don't even have to wait in line for an hour...
Favorite Ride of the Day!
Aside from the 100 year old wooden roller coaster (vidoe above) where I had to hold my nephew down from flying away (no really!), and the funnel cake, I think Story Book Forest was our favorite.
You enter Story Book Forest by walking through a giant book! I don't know who those people are??
Then you get to meet all kinds of fairytale characters. It was a blast! Come on - we got to meet the Old Woman who lives in a shoe, Mother Goose, and The Big Bad Wolf who is hiding in grandmothers house. There he is now! Shhhhh!!!
Then of course there was The Good Ship Lollypop, Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter Peter Pumkin Eater, Jack & Jill, Snow White, and many more. Oh yeah, and let's not forget about Little Miss Muffet sitting on a tuffet, who only wishes she had some funnel cake (curds and whey - yuck! At least give her some oatbran or something.)
It was a unique and entertaining experience. My 5 year old nephew particularly liked the dragon & the giant Jack in the Box. Boys!!!
If you're ever out this way, make sure you plan some time for IdleWild Park. Did I mention that they even have funnel cake:)