Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Fun, Part 2

Yesterday, I told you that we were trying something new this year.  We have decided to try having Brittany be our activities director.  The idea is that we will give her a set amount of money each week, and she can use that money to plan activities for us to do.  She is really quite good at finding deals, and getting the most for her money, so we figured that if we gave it to her to research and plan, she'd make sure the money went as far as possible.

Today's adventure was:

Boomers is an entertainment center that has mini golf, bumper boats, go karts, and an arcade.  She really wanted to take the kids to mini golf, as they'd never played before.

First on the agenda was mini golf.  Kids under 5 played free so that saved us money right there:  Katie and Maddie were free.  And yes, they both played, kinda.  Maddie got tired after 4 holes, and wanted to be carried, but I really wasn't surprised by that.

Brittany's boyfriend, Ramiro, helping Maddie at the first hole.

Katie's turn.
Emma, Abby, and Ramiro, watching the game.
Brittany, thinking about her next shot.
Emma, and Katie, in a candid shot.  Doesn't it look like they're posing?
Maddie had so much fun, at least for a while!
Abby, Emma, Maddie, and Katie, posing by the castle.
Oh, and by the way, the "golf lady" was "amazing"...she gave everyone their favorite color ball!

After golf, we headed to another part of the complex:

Are you familiar with bumper boats?  They are exactly what they sound like:  bumper cars in the water!  They have a pool that is 3 feet deep, and about a dozen boats in it.  Each boat is equipped with a water cannon, and people drive around, bump each other, and basically try to get each other as wet as they can.  They look like a lot of fun, and the kids really enjoyed it.  Maddie was too little to go on them, even with an adult, so she and I stayed on dry land and took pictures.  Brittany and Ramiro planned to go on them, but the group that got off the boats just before they got on were SOAKED, and they decided to opt out.

Abby, in a fierce water battle.
Emma, getting ready to pull away from the dock.
Katie,  just going her own way, doing her own thing.

Abby, in the green boat, and Emma, engaged in battle.

Katie, in the blue and yellow boat, and Abby.  Just to give you some idea of the size of the pool.
Katie, not nearly as wet as I thought she'd be!
Emma and Abby, a little wet, but not bad.  Emma's already looking for the next adventure.
Maddie, a happy girl, even though it was pretty hot out.
After the kids got off of the boats, we went out to the car and had a picnic lunch, before going into the arcade.  There really weren't any games for the little kids, and the games for the "big kids" were really expensive.  I think Brittany and I agreed that the Chuck E. Cheese arcade was a better bet in the future.

All in all, the day was a big success....everyone had fun, Brittany planned and shopped for deals, we all compromised a little bit, and the kids slept well that night!  I'm sure we've got many more fun activities coming soon!

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