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Family Outing to Idlewild Park

Baby Beez’ grandparents got her tickets to Idlewild Park for her birthday. Idlewild is a small amusement park in Ligonier, about an hour and a half drive from Pittsburgh. The park has been rated the “Best Kids Park in the World” by Amusement Today.  Since up until now I didn’t have a little kid in my life, I had never been to Idlewild before.  Somewhat to my disappointment, the park did not have rollercoasters or beer gardens, but that’s because it’s a park for kids (duh).
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Baby Beez loved it.  We only went for an afternoon, so she didn’t ride everything.  But we did ride the carousel multiple times, the train, and she rode the Turtle with daddy.  As I get older, I pathetically get more motion sick.  I love rides that go up and down and around, but I’m finding they make me increasingly dizzy and nauseous.  Pathetique.

I really wanted to go on the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood ride, but the park was only running 1 trolley that day, so it would have been a 30 minute wait.  A 30 minute wait with a 2 year old ain’t gonna happen, so we’ll save that for next year.

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The park is perfect for kids probably in kindergarten through 2nd grade.  There are TONS of rides for them to ride on their own.  Baby Beez couldn’t go on most of those rides because she is tiny and because we can’t trust her to actually stay seated.  Once a kid is old enough to have a little self control and follow directions, this place is perfect.

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Idlewild is much beloved for its Storybook Forest, where kids can walk through life size displays of nursery rhymes and classic kids stories.  Baby Beez had fun, but she had no idea what any of the things were.  We need to get on reading her some Old King Cole and Jack Sprat Would Eat No Fat.  As things stand, the only thing she would understand would be a Yo Gabba Gabba forest (which would be AMAZING by the way).

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This was a huge chair, and I thought it would be cute to take a picture of Baby Beez sitting on it. She did not agree.

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And this is The Little Engine That Could (with a terrifying face)….or according to Baby Beez, “Thomas.”

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And this is the most terrifying thing I have ever seen.

Despite the Jack In the Box from Hell, we had a really fun afternoon.  I’m excited to go back next year, when Baby Beez is a little bigger and can do more stuff.  In addition to rides, they have this huge jungle gym area with a massive ball pit that would be PERFECT to let kids run off all that energy that gets built up standing in line.  The other local amusement park– Kennywood– also has a nice kids area, but Kennywood is chock full of annoying teengers.  Idlewild was clogged with strollers but we only saw one teenager the whole afternoon. It was lovely.

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