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For Jack’s fifth birthday, I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to add even more toys to his already bulging pile (I am pretty sick of stepping on Legos) and he’s been very adamant lately that he wants to spend time with me (usually instead of going to daycare), so I thought a shared experience would be a great alternative.
David and I discussed a trip to Disneyland but, after looking at the insanely high cost a trip like that would be and taking into account that Jack has fun playing with things like cardboard boxes, we thought something close to home would be just as good. It didn’t take long to decide on Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo – they have a TON of rides that are tailored to younger children and, since I wasn’t sure how Jack would react to the rides, there are many animal exhibits as an added benefit. I figured we couldn’t go wrong.
I was right! Jack absolutely loved the theme park (EXCEPT for the roller coaster, which he “kinda hated”). One of the coolest things about the theme park was the selection of carnival games. I know what you’re thinking – carnival games are typically quite scammy; however, there was a balloon game with a little sign that said something like “children play until they win.” I was beside myself with the AWESOME (especially after recently experiencing a fundraiser carnival where Jack tried several times to win and had no luck, which led to a meltdown). I forked over $5 for a couple of darts and on his 4th try Jack managed to pop TWO balloons with one dart, shocking all of us! Rather than go for one big prize, he decided on two smaller stuffed dolphins, one of which he gave to his 2 year old cousin Sabrina. He named the blue one that he kept Splash.
Here is a picture of him posing triumphantly with his winnings (doesn’t he look so blasé?):
Jack was super happy to have won and Sabrina was delighted with her dolphin. Neither child let their new toys out of their site for the rest of the day.
Let me tell you – that was the BEST $5 I have ever spent!