this has been the best summer ever. work and family and fun have all meshed together in a pretty balance that's been so fulfilling. as a contributing element to that award-winning title, i present:
thank the heavens for friends who are on the ball- we would've totally missed getting tickets otherwise. and they're sold out now, as in, way-over-sold-out-&-being-scalped-for-copious-amounts-of-moolah (see!?)! 
here's a really intense play-by-play of the action: 

1) while we waited in line, the nicest employees ever passed out dove chocolates from a giant bucket.  appetizer!

2) we made it inside in small groups where we got to pick from 3 ice cream choices (all the treats were included in our admission). the kids & i chose magnum bars because they're incredible. obvs.
3) we went to check out the edible helium-filled balloons, but the machine was broken. tears. so we just played with ice cream cones on the walls. 

4) next, the kids scooped "ice cream" from a freezer into a giant sundae (it wasn't real ice cream, although jude was confused and ate some, at which point someone yelled at him and he got so embarrassed he burst into tears! pour little man- his spirit was crushed! thankfully he moved on because- well, he looked around and was distracted by more sugar). i think the mystery ice cream was actually sugar and crisco, laced with a lot of hand and foot germ-age from those who have touched it this past month.
5) chocolate fetish room (totally not called that, but that's what i'm going with): you enter through a little tunnel with a silk curtain. it's dark, smells like i imagine willy wonka's place smelled, there's chocolate running down the walls, a big mattressey-bean-bag contraption, and there is some "moody" (wink wink) music playing. kids thought it was amazing. ;) i wondered what sort of fantasies happened in there....... then it was our turn to switch rooms! thank heavens. it was getting a little weird.
6) DUN DUN DUN!!! SPRINKLE POOOOOOOOLLLLL! shoes off, jump in. chaos. people. cameras. madness. it could be that we had 4 adults and 5 kids going insane (among others who were in our group). i was sweating like a crazy person. i felt super rushed, but it was so fun. there are SEVEN TRILLION SPRINKLES in that pool (they're really just plastic pieces). then when you leave you get to take handfuls of candy from jars- sweedish fish, sour patch kids, gummy worms... in case you're hungry;)
7) as you shove gummies in your mouth upon exit, your meet magic arms which came out of a wall and deposited- wait for it- BLACK TAP SHAKES! these shakes are legit. no joke. we've been wanting to go to black tap, but haven't braved the crowds yet. i had no idea we'd get one of these, too!! i was basically in a sugar coma by now. the kids were going bananas. can you imagine? literally sugar not only on the walls, but actually coming out of the walls!? (i decided at this point, it was completely worth the $35 admission. except calorically. ouch- tough blow.)
8) while we reeled from our shakes n' sugar, we made our way to the final room, complete with an ice cream sandwich swing and ice cream scoop teeter-totter!

outside we sat and the kids continued to blow off their insane sugar rush. i also noticed at some point that my pant cuffs (which were rolled up) had managed to catch at least 4 pounds/2,000 sprinkles. so we shook those out and the kids played on the ground with sprinkles for 20 minutes or so.
(thanks to naomi for snapping a few of these shots! 2 cameras is always better than 1.)

the kids blew off extra energy at the park, and naomi & i even snuck away for a little lunch at the butcher's daughter sans-kids (thanks, josh!). such a great summer day!!!!

1 comment:

  1. You lucky ducks! Too bad I didn't meet you before this happened! Would have loved to take my kids there! Next time y'all hear of an awesome, and interesting exhibit please let me know somehow! How much are the scalpers selling tickets for?


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