Two weekends ago we used our season pass to visit a nearby farm for their watermelon festival! When we went to the farm for their Easter egg hunt, it was packed, so we were fully expecting the same thing. BUT thankfully there weren't nearly as many people, and our kids were able to enjoy the special water things that were set up, as well as the usual things (slides, swings, pony rides, the little rubber ducky pump races.)
Noelle and Jonah both loved the bubble station. Jonah would run in and get himself all covered, and then run over to the splash pad and get it all washed off. Back and forth, back and forth.
Clara did pretty well, and thankfully it wasn't too hot in the shade. It's a hard stage with her getting more mobile but not able to move around on her own yet. Plus she gets tired and fussy, so then we have to cut it short when the big two are ready to keep going.
That evening I didn't have anything planned for dinner, so we decided to use some gift cards from Christmas and go to Cracker Barrel. I don't think I've been there since sometime in high school, but the biscuits were delicious, the kids were able to get chicken tenders and fries and play the little peg games, and Clara kept it together for most of dinner.
On Thursday last week, we had no plans, so I told the kids we were going to the pool! Jonah was immediately excited, but it took some convincing for Noelle. I talked her into bringing and using her puddle-jumper, and as soon as she got into the water with it, she LOVED it! We stayed for two hours, and only left because Clara was done. They stayed in the water almost the whole time, with a small break for a snack. Noelle was making new friends with another little girl, and I felt bad taking her away right when they were getting into it! We went back on Friday, but a storm came through, so we were only there for about 45 minutes.
This past Saturday we went to the zoo for their Splash Day! There were water slides, bubble stations, and baby pools set up on the lawn, as well as free Icee and Bluebell ice cream samples.
The big hit though was the giant playground! The kids played on this in 2016 when we came to visit my brother-in-law, but I haven't taken them yet since we moved because I wouldn't be able to keep up with the two of them while holding Clara. It's probably the coolest playground I've ever seen, and it kept them busy for well over an hour. They probably would have played longer but we (aka I) needed to stop for a snack break. We convinced them to go see a few animals, and then headed to a cookout with Luke's boss. (Where they provided canvases and paint for the kids, which my art-obsessed kids loved!)
It was a busy day, and Clara was cranky and ended up with only a 10 minute car nap. Noelle and Jonah got lots of down time once we got home, and Luke and I tried to keep Clara happy till she went down for an early bedtime!