For the last full day of my nephew’s visit, we decided to go to the kiddie area at Track 3. When my girls were little, this was our favorite place to come at The Track. But since the girls aren’t so little anymore, I had not been over to this area for a while.
Actually, there have been quite a few changes to this part of Track 3 this year. Probably most obviously is that the mini-golf course that once sat next to the kiddie area has been replaced by the new Sprint Track. Now, don’t be confused. Though the Sprint Track is close to the kiddie area, it is definitely not for little kids. In fact, you must be a “big kid” (aka, a licensed driver) to ride – check out this post for more info!
But don’t fear, this updated kiddie area does boast both Kiddie (38″ and 4 yrs) AND Rookie (48″ and up) go-kart tracks. In our case, my nephew was too young to ride the go-karts by himself, but this is a great option for your little ones who want to feel really grown up! Even without being able to ride the go-kart tracks by himself, there was plenty for him to enjoy . . .
As soon as we got out of the car, he was on a mission. Honestly, I don’t think he knew exactly what was awaiting him, but he obviously was anticipating something really great. I must admit, I had a moment where I thought we may have made a strategic error in our Track fun. I mean, would a kid who had NO fear of the Heavy Metal High Rise (remember this?) think these pint-sized rides were at all exciting? I was starting to think we should have started on ground level and worked our way up to the high rise. Too late now. It would be only minutes before I knew if my fears were warranted.
Before I knew it, we were in the kiddie area, and my nephew had already chosen his first “ride”:
He was in heaven. There were several variations of things with wheels to try out, and he did just that (he did not, I might add, try anything without wheels!). He was as content as can be without even putting a coin in to make the ride actually move. This was a good sign. I mean, if he was having this much fun on a non-moving “ride,” we were going to be OK. Strategic error averted!
After he had had enough fun on these “rides,” my daughter recommended that they go try out the new Pirate Ship ride. She was excited because she was allowed to ride it, and my sister-in-law was especially excited (are you catching my sarcasm?) that she “got” to ride it with my nephew. You see, there is a window between a child being 36″ and 42″ where the parent gets to ride too! Don’t get me wrong, my sister-in-law thought the ride looked fun; it’s just that she has a tendency to get a little queasy (as do I) on swinging or spinning rides. But, like we mothers (and dads!) do, she hopped right on:
Yes, I promise my nephew is on the ride . . . my photographic timing was just a little off (I never claimed to be a professional even though I seem to always be the one taking the pictures!). You can also (sort of) see my 8-year old daughter and, of course, my sister-in-law – it was a family affair!
Then, my nephew spotted the train. He was SO excited. When the ride attendant opened the gate, my sister-in-law said that she wasn’t going to ride and asked if my daughter could ride with him. Upon which she was (nicely!) informed that neither of them could ride with him. He would have to go it alone. He walked right up and chose the engine (of course!) to ride in – so far, so good. We were a little afraid, though, that he might get scared mid-ride and freak out. This was him mid-ride:
Obviously, he did not freak out. In fact, he rode this one twice in a row, never relinquishing his place as “conductor.” Riding a ride on his own – check! After this we headed over to ride the Teacups. Well, my nephew had NO interest in doing this until he saw that his cousin was riding. Suddenly, he really wanted to ride!
I must say, my sister-in-law and I were VERY glad that my daughter was there to ride with him. We weren’t too sure that either of us could stomach the teacups! I will never understand why kids can spin around like crazy, and it doesn’t faze them. But, I’m thankful for it! They had a great time on this ride too!
We had successfully ridden everything that the kiddie park had to offer, and everyone was still smiling! I was reminded of how great a place the kiddie area is for spending a half-hour or hour of your time. You can get in and get out with smiles still on your faces 🙂
Before I close the book on our visit with our nephew, I want to mention a couple of other things that we did while they were here that also kept him smiling!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again . . . there is more to do in our little town that you have time for in one visit. But, one thing is for sure, Branson has a way of making you happy!