And we got to take free pumpkins home.
After a very fun double birthday celebration this afternoon, I took my darling daughter to the mall. It’s been a while since our last visit to the Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas. Besides the play area, there is a carousel located on the second level by the food court. That’s what K asks me sometimes – if we can go to the mall where the round-about is. And because my girl friend’s daughters’ birthday party was held at her house in Frisco, I thought I’d take K to Stonebriar mall and let her ride the carousel. Oh she got so excited when she saw the big carousel. The cost to per ride is $2. But there are two token machines where you can get tokens. I bought 5 tokens and boy, K had fun switching horses. I felt a little dizzy after that five 2-3 minutes duration spins.
I didn’t know that the Disney Store is just right across the food court. So when we got off the carousel, K quickly saw the store. Oh my goodness! She wanted to go inside. And so, today was quite memorable because it’s the first time she went to the Disney Store. K was very fascinated with the Disney characters on display, the toys, and the castle. Some of the stuff for sale aren’t cheap so I was kind of nervous K will ask me to buy something out of the budget. And she did. She said she wanted to get a new tea set and she picked the Belle character tea set. But I told her it’s a little expensive so I talked her into buying something else. She found the Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip castle set. The price was lower than the tea set so I bought it for her. Good thing I didn’t buy the pair of shoes I saw earlier at Dillards. Whew.
We had a little snack at the food court then we went for a stroll in the mall for a few minutes. I remembered seeing a train traveling around on the lower level of the mall. My darling daughter enjoys riding on a train. So I let her ride the train for a little while. It was $4.35 per ticket per ride, by the way. Then I got the chance to sit down and rest my feet. I was on my feet for at least an hour, you know.
On our way home, K kept talking about the carousel ride and the trip to the Disney Store. I heard lots of “Thank you’s”. I am happy knowing that she had a great time. Mother and daughter day out is exhausting but seeing my child happy makes me feel happy.
Darling daughter is getting more and more engaged in playing super hero games. I guess it is very normal with young children. She began showing interest with kiddie super heroes when she was two years old. She got fascinated with Tree Fu Tom and Mike The Knight at first. After a while she started liking Paw Patrol, Scoobydooby Doo, Ninja Turtles, and The Incredibles. When we are playing pretend at home, she is the super hero and I am always the bad guy. 🙂
We borrow kids’ movies DVD and books at the library. Whenever we watch them, DD immediately imitates the part where the lead character of the movie saves day. Sometimes she creates her own scene. And I become a part of it. It is funny because when I pretend to be mean, she will do karate. Hahaha!
Oh it is really precious when we play and have fun with our children. We see how delightful they are when we join them and become a part of their imagination. I remember when I was doing my morning walk one day, three years ago, an elderly asked me how far along I was. I answered seven months. He said, “Congratulations! Do you know the gender yet?”. I said, “Yes. It’s a girl.” Then he said, “Love her. They grow so fast.”
One Wednesday evening few weeks ago my darling daughter and I went to get on the amusement rides set up in the parking lot of the Baptist Church in town. I told my dear husband about it and he said we can go in the evening because it’s very hot in the afternoon. He’s right. The temperature in Texas is in the 90’s now. I saw a forecast that it will start to reach three digits in the next coming weeks.
So just me and DD we went to this amusement rides. It was 8:00 in the evening when we got there and it was still bright. Kids were all around (school is out for summer break in June in the US). So kids and their families were out to join the fun. Screams of thrill and excitement all over the place. DD was very glad of what she was seeing and excited to ride. The very first thing we rode on was the Helicopter ride. It would have been the Roundabout but it was already moving when we got in line.
Amusement parks and rides are great to visit with the whole family this summer. We tried these rides and activity that evening:
Actually, I forgot what this was called. I just made one up because as soon as the little ones got on there and the thing started moving, they began pushing those horns. 🙂
Monkey Maze – DD and I also tried the Monkey Maze. Boy, she had so much fun in that. The maze was set up going up and at the end of the maze, we had to slide. That’s what she liked so much! We didn’t have a photo because I had to go in the maze with DD. It was shown in every kids’ ride and activity that children below 42″ tall has to be accompanied by an adult.
The Twister – Again, I just made up this name for that type of ride where we were buckled inside a round thing almost look like a coffee cup. It was spinning in its place as the whole ride thing did. It made me very dizzy. I was screaming while DD was laughing. That was the last ride for the night.
Availing the rides and activities required a ticket. It’s $1/ticket but for $20 you’ll get 24 tickets. I spent almost $100 for the tickets because I also had to go with DD. Some rides or activities required 3-4 tickets per person. DD and I rode more than once. But we had so much fun. My darling daughter enjoyed it a lot.
Kids are happy to see each other today. Kaye and her cousin Audrey are playing in our home right now wearing kids costumes. They have been looking for each other for days. It has been raining for few days now so my cousin and I haven’t got together for a play date. Now they are having fun chasing each other and playing dress up.
The kids already ate some lunch so my cousin and I are finishing up the food. While eating, we’re catching up on stuff. I was telling her about our visit to Gymboree Play and Music last week. My darling daughter had a great time playing for 45 minutes. The play time was free because on their website, Gymboree Play and Music has a coupon (valid until October 31, 2013) offering a free play time for non-members. It’s called Play and Music because Gymboree offers classes for young kids that involved pretend play, art, and music. The level of classes is according to age range of the child. They put my DD on the level 6 class for toddlers because she’s 2.
The schedules for Play and Music are Tuesdays and Thursdays. The nearest location in our area is at The Villages in Allen. I picked Thursday of last week. As soon as I told my DD that she will join in the play area, she took off her shoes immediately and ran inside the room. That day, they were pretending to be zoo keepers. They pretend they were feeding a lion, an elephant, a monkey, and a crocodile. They climbed, crawled, and slid. There’s a coordinator in the play room who guides the children thru series of activities. They sang and danced, too. Every activity is accompanied by music and singing. Lots of fun playing and learning at the same time.
I told my cousin that I didn’t enroll DD to the classes because Allen is far from my house. I just tried going there that time to see how it works and of course, it was free. If there’s a Gymboree Play and Music location closer to our area, I will definitely consider enrolling DD. With my child’s activities so far, I am satisfied with her social exposures. She’s very active and she is learning a lot. My cousin also has a coupon. She is thinking of taking her two girls to the Play and Music on Tuesday.
I am very happy that my cousin and I live close to each other because we can get together more often and the kids can be together for play time.