Mini Adventure: Lakeside Amusement Park
We took the kiddos to Lakeside! Well, basically we all went to watch Remy ride the rides!
I haven't been here in years and years, and I LOVED it! This place is so amazing and the grounds are so beautiful! The signage- you guys who are into font types and all that creative stuff- the signage is all here from the original park! I tried to capture some in the pictures below but it really doesn't do it justice! My great aunt lived on 32nd and Wolf and I lived with her for several years in my late teens/early twenties, so this area and stretch of Sheridan Road was passed on many drives to and from places around this area. There is an excellent greasy spoon diner on the corner of 48th and Sheridan. This area has changed over the years, as I remember my Great Aunt reminiscing to me all the time. I wish she could see how it has changed since!
Most of all what I loved about visiting Lakeside was the feelings I got. Comfort, familiarity, the feelings of fun and family and history, all wrapped up in a sunshiny summer halo. We went around 5 pm and had the privilege of witnessing a GORGEOUS August sunset over the lake. I didn't remember, or had never been on, the little train that went around the lake! We hit it on the nose with timing and caught it just as the sun was going down! Arlo went NUTTSO, as we like to say, and Remy then started acting up and leaning over and wanting to get out, about halfway through the ride. It was a 10 minute ride guys. Here is me whipping out my boob and breastfeeding Arlo in the cart behind Remy and snapping a few pics too. The minute I nursed Arlo, she calmed down. I swear, everyday at 5:30/6 pm, you can guarantee some good Kayali family chaos. It's weird, and creepily predictable. Every. Day.
So Lakeside. Lakeside is where it is AT! Small and manageable! Old, shady trees! NO CROWDS!!! NO LINES!!! And cheap, cheap CHEAP! $3 to get in and 50 cents a ride. YUP. There are really only a few adult rides, of course that huge, brilliant coaster and some others, but mainly there is half the park designated for the little set! Remy had a ball! She was just a hair too short to ride the Ferris Wheel though, and was a little upset by that, but we quickly distracted her by hopping on another ride just for her. There is even a TINY coaster for kids! It looked a little intense for two year olds, so maybe we'll save that for next summer! BUT, just before leaving we spotted this cute little ride called The Frogger which raise the kids up and then hops them down and up and does little baby drops to flip their tummies. She LOVED it!
We hate some greasy slices of pizza, and shared a blue Icee! Of course no trip to an amusement park is complete without ice cream cones and cotton candy too!
Thank you Baba for taking us on this excursion, AFTER a LONG and tiring day in the hot sun with your soccer coaching. We LOVE you and our special memories together!
(I am wearing a grey boyfriend tee from the BP department at Nordstrom (OLD) and a Anna Sui skirt from Buffalo Exchange, David Bernson sandals (OLD), Remy is wearing thrifted overalls and native shoes, Arlo is wearing thrifted Osh Kosh overalls and Gap jellies.)
And now WAY TOO MANY PICS...