I would like to make this Summer memorable for my 5-year old son. I was browsing at a magazine rack one day and I saw the Texas Monthly‘s top 10 Summer vacation spots in Texas and it gave me an idea to make one for him. I don’t want to spoil the surprise so instead of going through the list, I decided to unfold them one by one and then make a summary at the end of our tenth Summer adventure.
Opportunity knocked sooner, I had a 3-day weekend off a week before his class ended. I figured out this would be the best time to have our first mini-vacation trip without the hassle of the Summer crowd. I showed my son several fun places to visit in Texas and he chose Six Flags in San Antonio. I was glad that he did. I always wanted to check it out myself.
1. Six Flags: The Fun Begins.
We all woke up early Sunday morning all excited . We first had breakfast before heading to the amusement park. Can’t start the day on an empty stomach especially something that involved lots of walking. My son and I cooked some tasty waffles. Not bad for the newbies.
We arrived at Six Flags 15 minutes before it opened. We had a lot of time for parking, taking pictures and deciding which map direction to follow.It pays off being early.
When the gates opened, the first view to greet us was the coaster ride. I looked at my wife and said, ” okay, who’s brave enough to ride that?” She replied, ” are you crazy? I’ll puke if I do.” Well said, so I took the big coaster ride off the list. Bummer!
As we went towards the train side, we met Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. I knew their names by heart. I used to watch Looney Tunes cartoon shows when I was a kid. I told my son who they were. He said, “who?” He is more acquainted with the characters from Disney, Nickelodeon, Star wars, DC and Marvel comics. We were able to convince him to take a picture with them and that was enough for me.
My son wanted to try the ride at Bug’s White Water Rapids. So we did. I was nervous initially as we reached the last drop. There were no seat belts and I was afraid that he might fall. He doesn’t want me to hold him. He kept telling me that he was not scared and that he was now a big boy. I admire his bravery but I had to grab the back of his shirt during the deep plunge. Good thing I did. My son enjoyed it so much that we rode it 3 times. We were dripping wet by the time we moved to the next ride. I was smiling silently as I looked at his face beaming with so much joy and excitement. The pleasures of being a child is truly magical and irreplaceable
My wife pointed to the sky and said, ” look it’s Superman.” I replied, “where?” My son added, ” there he is, dad!” I didn’t realize that we were near the Superman: Krypton Coaster. I said, “So, that’s where the screams were coming from.” I almost thought of trying the coaster but I just ate some corn dog. Coaster and food don’t jive really well for me.
My son saw his favorite balloon popping game. He had 4 darts to win the bigger Pokémon stuffed toy. He popped 2 and got the smaller one instead. He didn’t mind, he was already happy that he won something.
The Fiesta Bay Boardwalk was a pleasant surprise. We rode the Scooby-Doo Ghost blasters twice. He loved zapping those ghosts and monsters. We then hopped into the Crow’s Nest Ferris Wheel and had a scenic aerial view of the park. I tried not to look down except when I had to shoot some pictures. The height made me feel like I had butterflies in my stomach but my son was just so thrilled and this day was all about him. Taking pictures kept my mind off the nauseating feeling.
Time to get wet and head to White Water Bay, the afternoon heat was draining our energy. It was about 80 degrees that day. We’re lucky it was windy.
The White Water Canyon was a relaxing river experience. Me and my son enjoyed passing through the waterfalls.
Next stop was the Lone Star Lagoon. A Texas shaped pool that holds over 500,000 of water not to mention the tons of fun that goes with it.Young, old, middle age. They were all enjoying the refreshing waters. I was! My wife decided to chill and savor each bite of the cheese tacos. Fair trade.
As for the water slides, my son’s number one favorite was at the Texas Treehouse. He would climb the tree house, jumped into the slide that leads into a pool . He did this about 6 times. Man, he was on fire!
Last stop was the Splashwater Springs designed for smaller kids. It wasn’t as exciting but just as cool . My son liked the Pirate ship. It was nice to see him interact with the other kids. He was having an awesome time.
We decided to ditch the Fireworks, we were so tired. We had our fun and it was time to get some rest . We passed by Subway for some take-outs.
I woke up around 06:00 A.M. so I can have some coffee before we drove home. I didn’t notice that my son was already awake until I felt a hug and a kiss. I wanted to ask him why but I was enjoying the moment to even try. I noticed that when my son turned 5 and entered Pre-K he was not as fond of kissing as when he was younger. He made an exception today. It was his way of telling me that he was so happy and that he had a great time. He offered to go with me at the breakfast lounge. He made me an excellent waffle filled with love. It was the best waffle in the world.
I hope you all have a fun-filled Summer. The best part of any experience is reliving them through the stories we share. Can’t wait to hear yours.
- Fiesta Texas (ourordinaryday.wordpress.com)
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