On Monday we got up not so early, because the park didn't open until 11:00am.
We relaxed, had some
breakfast and the kids played a few video games and made crafts at the picnic table....
THEN we went to Indiana Beach to play at the Amusement Park.
There were very few people there. Brian and I took the little ones to the kiddie area and the older kids took off to ride some roller coasters. There are 4 coaster at Indiana Beach.
At first we thought that kiddie land was closed because none of the rides were going. Then we saw attendants sitting on a bench. They were waiting for people to arrive. We would walk up to a ride and an attendant would come over to open the ride. The kids could pick and choose to their liking what and when they wanted to ride. They NEVER waited in line for a ride!!
About an hour into our day the older kids came over to Brian and I all excited and said,
"WE RODE ALL THE ROLLER COASTERS AT LEAST 3 TIMES!!"
Apparently, they would walk up to the coaster and hop on. When the ride ended the operator would ask them if they want to go again.
They ended up riding one coaster 6 times in a row! LOL
Brian and I walked around and sat as we pleased. There was always a bench in the shade to be had. The kids ran around willy nilly all over the park. The people who were there all looked like homeschoolers. By that I mean that there was a mom and a dad and at least 5 kids trailing behind.
The funny thing about homeschooled kids is that they seemed to clump together. You know how kids try to get a ride to themselves at a park and they all try to separate so they can ride in the front or the back or whatever? Well, these children, mine included, would walk up to each other, talk, climb in with each other and ride together! I can't tell you how many times a ride would be going and there would be 5 empty cars/planes/boats and one or two full to the hilt with kids all laughing and having fun with each other.
When they rode the Merry Go Round the attendant actually had to ask us to take our children to the other side of the ride because they had again all tried to ride together.
The ride was lopsided and had to be evened out! LOL
Now maybe it was the fact that the park opened at 11:00 am and closed at 6:00 pm but at the end of the first day it was like Euphoria.
Brian and I were all happy, not exhausted. The kids were talking and comparing stories as we rode the tram back to our campsite. It was unlike any vacation we've ever taken. We got back to our camper, made dinner, lit a campfire, the twins went to sleep in no time flat and we ate s'mores.
It felt like a dream!