Liam and I spent the morning at Parc Paradisio today. It’s the end of the school year, so there have been lots of young kids there every time we’ve gone so far. Young kids aren’t necessarily a problem, but when you have 20 kids per 1 adult, things can get a little out of control. In the past, Liam and I have been jostled through displays by groups of kids, frustrated in our attempts to simply get from point A to point B in a timely manner, and pushed aside on the playground. But today we went to the park with a plan. We arrived at 10AM, when the park first opened. There were plenty of school field trips there, but I’m getting to know their schedules. First they lead the kids through various displays; then, around 11:15 or 11:30, they head for the large playground to let them run amuck and be pushy little imps. So instead of getting tangled up with them, Liam and I made a beeline for the playground right away. I had intended to stay there for about half an hour and then see some other things, but Liam was so thrilled on the playground that we stayed until the throng appeared. For the most part, Liam and I had the playground all to ourselves for about an hour and a half.
On the way to the playground, Liam was patient enough to pose for this shot. There’s way too much light, but I assure you the flowers with the tower in the background is a beautiful sight. And doesn’t he look like such a good, long-suffering son?
First stop on the playground — the digger cage. Unfortunately, whatever coinage it takes, I didn’t have on hand. Or it was broke. Nevertheless, Liam enjoyed sitting there and working the controls. I’ll be sure to bring an array of coins next time.
Although I thought this was a seal, Liam assures me that it is his “motorcycle.” He really loved rocking back and forth and back and forth and back and forth… see the wooden pyramid in the background? Once we explored it, that’s where we spent the rest of our time. I’m sure it’s the new favorite. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that in my “condition” I really wanted to climb all the way to the top and then come hurtling down the tube slide, so Jesse, you’re going to have to accompany us to the park one of these weekends!
This is on the wooden pyramid playground. There are lots of connecting bridges, slides, and, of course, the climb to the tube slide at the top. I kept cautioning Liam to hold on because the bridge moved, but he couldn’t have cared less.
We stayed until the playground got overrun. Then we meandered our way out of the park and over to the air base for pizza and a little shopping. We had a great time!