Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Barnyard Boo



Saturday October 18 we took our family to the Barnyard Boo at Thanksgiving Point. We went last year and had a great time so we thought we’d go again. It wasn’t quite so fun this year because of the day/time/weather when we decided to go.Last year we got the family all bundled up in warm clothes and we went on a very cold and snowy day, though the hour we spent there the snow had stopped falling. Most of the activities were inside, the only one outside was the pony rides which was Charlie’s favorite so we did it a couple of times(Elisabeth was too afraid to ride last year). Inside we did bowling, face painting, cookie decorating, a bean bag toss and fishing for a prize. There were probably only a dozen people there at the most so we didn’t have to wait for anything and we could let our kids run around a bit. We were there for an hour tops, probably less which is the perfect amount of time for our three young kids to be out. This year we went on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon with the temperature around 70 degrees. BIG mistake! The place was swarming with people! We had to stand in line for 45 minutes just to ride the ponies once! And that was both Elisabeth and Charlie’s favorite activity and they would’ve loved to do it again but we really didn’t want to wait another 45 minutes. The other activities had lines, not quite as long, but long enough that the kids were having a hard time. Most everything was outside so there was a larger area to accommodate all of the people but because there were so many people we really couldn’t just let them run around and wander. They needed to be with us and occasionally holding hands so that we didn’t lose them. We were there for nearly three hours and we didn’t get to do as many fun activities. If we decide to go again another year we’ll make sure to go on a day when it’s freezing outside and snowy to avoid the crowds.
Here are a few pictures from the event. While Scott and Annabelle waited in line for the ponies I took the kids around to do a few activities, though I really would have liked the whole family to be together for everything. I guess this means we’re not going to be Disneyland people because we don’t handle long lines and crowds very well…maybe when the kids get older it’ll be better.

4 comments:

Gina said...

FYI - It was also UEA weekend so the kids were out of school and spending the weekend doing fun things. Add that to the BOO-tiful weather and you're righ, you're in for some long lines.

rachael said...

that bites about the crowd . but you got some cute pics!

The Horne's said...

You said - "We were there for an hour tops, probably less which is the perfect amount of time for our three young kids to be out." You're so used to having 3 now, but didn't you mean 2 at that point last year? :-)
Bummer there were so many people there, but AMAZING it was 70 degrees out!! Wow...

MarieC said...

Thanksgiving Point looks awesome, though I agree, crowds are not fun. For Disneyland, I suggest going before your kiddos are in school, or pulling them out for a few days and going in early May. No one is on Spring Break. Also February is a good time to go to D-land, but not the week of President's Day.