Sunday, 26 August 2012

The Fun Continues At Santa's Village

Are you ready for another major summer adventure??  Well if you not, you better get ready because we had quite the adventure at Santa's Village last week.  It has been years since Adam and I have been there, and I don't think too much has changed.  Although, there is a splash pad now (seriously, Santa's Village has a splash pad - I think it's time we got one too!).

We told Ella on Thursday night that we would be going to Santa's Village the next morning.  Right away she was pretty excited.  I asked her if she knew what Santa's Village was and she replied, 'Yes!  They have toys there!'.  After I had a good laugh, I carefully explained we were going to Santa's Village and not Santa's workshop.  She seemed equally thrilled with this idea.  Of course, she wasn't too keen on seeing Santa Claus himself.  Right before we pulled out of the driveway, she said, 'Mommy, I don't want to talk to Santa' (I told her she didn't have to).

If you haven't noticed yet, I have a slightly obsession with taking photos just before we head out on a big car ride.  Ella  wasn't interested in being part of the picture, but Harry was pretty excited.
When we got inside the park, all the kids were given an elf hat, but for some reason no one wanted to wear their hat!  This is the best elf hat picture I could manage.



The first stop on our route was the roller coaster.  There was pretty much no way I was going on that thing, so Adam stepped up and took Ella with her friend Carson and his dad.

Waiting in line for the roller coaster.
In their seats and ready to go!
Ella and Carson are in the second last and last seats -  if you look closely you'll see them.
Apparently, Ella liked the roller coaster - but I don't think we'll ever really know for sure.  As we walked along the path to the next ride, the kids got to see and feed the reindeer.  I didn't have my camera ready for that one - sorry, no pictures!

Next up was a little train ride through the park.  This was pretty helpful to us because we got to see all the attractions.  We had to wait in line for a bit longer than any of the kids would have liked, but it was worth the wait.  They all had fun and the train moved at the perfect (slow) pace.

Adam and Harry on the train
Ella and me on the train.
After we got off the train, we came across Santa in his cabin - he was there taking pictures with all the kids.  Neither of our children would sit on his knee, so we got a nice group shot.

Note - both children looking at Santa while Adam and I look at the camera...LOL
Lucky for Ella we found some stepping stones in the village.  She took a few minutes to walk along them .


The next ride was the planes (which Ella refers to as helicopters).  She went on this ride twice because she liked it so much.  The first time she sat up front with Adam, but the second time she sat in the little seat behind him.  She wanted to go back later on and ride it again, but we had to get going...hopefully we will see this ride at the fall fair this year!


After the helicopters, we found a ride Harrison could go on too...the merry-go-round.  The horses were the perfect size for Ella to sit on all by herself.  This was another one of her favourites - Harrison's too judging by the smile on his face.


Before we stopped for lunch, Ella and Carson got to go on a Swan paddle boat ride.  I'm not sure Adam and Carson's dad were too keen on paddling, but they got the hang of it eventually.


Harrison kind of got shafted during the morning events - he only got to go on half of the rides and he sat in his stroller most of the time.  Because of this, the only lunchtime picture I will post is the one of him.  There Harry, you're really in the spotlight now!

Harry eating his lunch - so cute, so happy.
After lunch, we found some animals - goats, chickens, pigs, a Ram (I don't actually know what it was, but it was literally ramming the cage with it's horns - so I'm calling it a Ram), and something else that was barking at us...not a dog.  Here is Ella feeding one of the goats...


...and here is Harry looking at one of the goats.  He loved this section with the animals because we let him walk around on his own.


Ella found this huge board and she thought it was hilarious.  Adam held her up to have her picture taken, and this is what we ended up with...

If you look closely, you'll see she has her eyes shut...on purpose!
Santa's Village also has a gigantic playground.  In my Springwater Park post, I mentioned finding the jackpot of all playgrounds...but I was a little off.

Part of the huge playground

Behind those two buildings are a bunch of slides - regular slides and TUNNEL slides!!

Gigantic web for kids to climb through
Ella spent a few minutes playing here, but Carson and Harrison were exhausted.

I don't know what it is about these things, but Ella loves them.
So we hit the Christmas Balls Ferris Wheel (the only ride I can remember ever going on)...



...took one last train ride and then hit the road.  It was a GREAT day.  Santa's Village turned out to be perfect for Ella and Carson and pretty good for Harrison.  The kids were too tired to hit the splash pad, but we could have easily spent an hour or so there.  Although the park is kind of ghetto and slightly over-priced, I'd go again (with a coupon) because we all had fun.

Thankfully, the kids both fell asleep on the way home.


Thanks for reading :D

4 comments:

  1. Santa's village, over priced but a great family day.

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  2. Santa's village, over priced but a great family day.

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  3. Are the two dad's in the playoffs for some sport?
    The last picture of Ella & Harrison tells the tale of what a great time they must of had! Nice family picture with Santa too..xo

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  4. New GFC follower from the Travel Tuesday Blog hop. Great pictures of the kids, looks fun!
    Erin
    http://travelingkidsonthego.blogspot.com/

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