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If it is father’s day and you are in New England, it has to be at Canobie Lake Park, right? (They have free admission and lunch for dads when you pay for a kid). But this time, the decision was not such a no-brainer. The day started off dark and drizzly. I checked the forecast and the high was supposed to be 62. This, after a week of 90+ days. We had planned to go with four families and slowly one by one, they started to drop out. We decided to bail too. For about half hour. Then I decided we have to go – we have only a few summer weekends and we have stuff planned for most weekends, so if we didn’t do this now, I wasn’t sure we could go back this season at all. I explained this “now or never” to our close friends and they signed back on right away. Because of this dilly-dallying, we were there a bit later than we would have liked to, but it was a day well spent.

The upside to the chilly, damp weather was the short lines. Some of the popular rides with the kids – like the antique cars, the mini-bumper cars etc, the wait was less than 5 minutes. Last year, we had waited about 45 minutes for these rides. They were able to go on these rides several times. Even for some of the bigger roller coasters like corkscrew, star blaster etc, there were no lines at all. We walked right in. Through out the day, all of us had to wear our sweat shirts and fleece tops, so it didn’t really feel like a summer day. We didn’t go on any of the big water rides, but some of us went on a few mildly wet ones. The ponchos we had saved from our trip to the Niagara helped.

The highlight for me was how enjoyable the visits to the parks are, as the kids grow older. AK is now the required height for all rides except one. So, he was able to come on most rides and he has also started to be less afraid and more open to trying the new rides. He has been a late bloomer, in this sense. Up until he was 5, he only did the toddler aged rides and was afraid to try anything new. The classic moment I remember was in StoryLand when he was 4. The bamboo shute is a wet ride which we all love. I didn’t go on any rides that year since I was expecting, so PK was the one going with him. We coaxed him to go once and he agreed. He did ok on the ride, but wasn’t particularly thrilled. When PK was insisting on taking him again, AK says “This is the last time, Ok daddy? After this we really have to go home”. It was funny to see the role reversal since it was mostly the dads saying it to their kids. He used to be very scared of sledding in the snow too and he has come a long way from those years. He went on all the rides with us. When he was going on the antique cars for the third time, he said “I want to take my whole family” and so he and his sister sat in the front and we sat at the back and he drove us. At that moment, I felt very old, in a nice sort of way. It won’t be long before he’s driving us in his own car! SK too, absolutely loves these rides. I remember last year, she was fussing and throwing tantrums to get off when the rides were over, but now she understands the rules. It was great to hear her scream and laugh in delight on many of spinning rides like the tea cups and the rooster ride.

I wish they had better food options – the only thing I liked was the spicy fries and the nachos. We went on more rides after filling up on junk. Despite snack breaks and bath room breaks with four kids, we did cover a lot of rides and some of them, multiple times. We finally left around 8.15 pm. It was a great bonding experience, more so than last year. I’m looking forward to many more visits to the various theme parks in the years to come.

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