Yesterday, I let the kids play hooky from school and we went on our annual trip to the North Pole, a mini amusement park outside of Colorado Springs. Oh my goodness...we had SO much fun!!!
We went last year with some good friends, and they were up for going with us again this year! We discovered last year that it is very worthwhile to go to on a weekday. There were maybe 40 people in the entire park all day yesterday. We walked right into Santa's house to see him and have the kids' picture made...absolutely NO line and no waiting! Same thing with the rides. The kids rode every single ride in the park and all they had to do was walk up to the gate and go in. Most of the time they were the only ones on the ride, and the ride operators let them ride as many times as they wanted...over and over and over!
Abbey has grown a lot since last year, but there were still some rides she had to have an adult ride with her. That would be me. I had a ball! My favorite part was hearing her squeal with delight. She loved every minute of it!
Temps were in the 30s, so we bundled up (layers and layers and layers) and packed our lunch and some hot cocoa and it really wasn't too bad (it was much colder last year!) It was only really cold when the wind was blowing in the late afternoon. The North Pole is open in the summer, but I think it's totally worth it to brave the cold and go in December! It's the stuff memories are made of.
Here are some fun pictures from our North Pole adventure!
Photos with Santa! Isn't that a great Santa? I had them take individuals too, and they turned out great! Abbey told Santa she wanted real make-up. This is the third year in a row she's asked Santa for this. I think he'll probably cave and get it for her. Sarah told him she wanted the Disney fairies, and Will told Santa he'd like a legos set.
Sarah, on Rudolph, leading the pack.
This ride is called the Candy Cane Coaster. To my credit, I rode every ride but this one. I was trying so hard to get a picture of Abbey's face because she was LOVING the thrill of this ride.
These pendulum rides scare me to death. Will and his friend rode it 4 times in a row, and would have continued if I'd let them. I rode it once, and only because Abbey had to have an adult with her, and she was not about to sit this one out.
I conquered my fear of heights (temporarily) and rode the chair lift with the girls. Love this photo of our boots!
There are llamas in the park, and also Swedish deer. The Swedish deer look a lot like caribou. K & J loved feeding the llamas, but my kids wouldn't go anywhere near them!!
This is what the parking lot looked like when we were leaving. It looked almost like this when we arrived yesterday morning, and THAT is the reason we skip school to go. One guy told us that over the weekend there were over 500 visitors. Ugh.
Abbey might not like this photo one day, but I love it! My kids fell asleep f-a-s-t last night. They were totally wiped out by all that fun!