Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gilroy Gardens

The beach now has a rival for Maisie's favorite place to be. We took her to Gilroy Gardens for day 2 of "lets celebrate Maisie's birthday". It was the first time we had ever been there and to be honest I wasn't expecting greatness (probably because of Enchanted Forrest) but the place is beautiful! When you first walk through the entrance you are greeted by the sound of waterfalls while taking in sight of wooden bridges, tall douglas firs/ palms and winding paths beautifully situated between meticulously landscaped gardens. It seriously was amazing. Plus, what's better, is that it is designed for young kids. Maisie can ride on 90% of rides and most of them all by herself. We were nervous about her riding solo because she usually wants to be on our laps, but it almost seemed silly that we doubted her adventurous spirit. She fell in love (no joke) with the goldfish ride and probably rode it 6 times. She would be screaming with laughter the whole time and even the other parents and ride operators would be giggling at Maisie's contagious happiness. It was such a sweet moment. 

We had so much fun, but it was very hot. Thank goodness the place had ample shade, iceys and a huge splash pad to cool off in because we were totally needing those about an hour into our fun. Note to self: next time bring more cash, bathing suits and a spray bottle. 

Shall we get to the pictures?

the swan/duck paddle boats are made in Switzerland. How darling are they?

so excited for the choo choo train.

yelling "choo choo" into the wind.












We are going back on Memorial day because Maisie hasn't stopped talking about it since we got home. She talks about the "choo choo in tunnel" and "orange fishy go up down, up down around" We are so excited to take her back. This time we will be better prepared, but lets hope it's not as hot!