Coaster Coos at Lakeside Amusement Park
We made our annual trip to Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver last Sunday and had a ball!
I called ahead and asked how late they would be open and as it was thundering and purple skies where we lived, I asked how the weather was at Lakeside. “Not a cloud in the sky…hot actually!'“ Se we fed the girls something, through on some new shorts rompers and dashed over there before the skies opened up. As we were driving the dark clouds seemed to be following us all along I-70 as we traveled west. We cringed and gave each other uneasy glances… but we were already psyched up and on our way.
We parked, made it to the coupon line and then felt the sprinkles! We couldn’t contain the girls’ excitement- they love Lakeside Amusement Park as much, if not more, than their momma does, and they were already on a ride before we could find a tree to shelter us from the sprinkles. They made it through a ride and a half before the workers had to pause the fun. We used the break to grab a couple bags of cotton candy!
Ten minutes had not even passed before we saw the workers collect their coupon boxes and head back to their rides, and we followed in hot pursuit. We made our rounds in Kiddie Land and then upon Rem’s request, we ventured out to see the “big kid” rides. Momma and Baba even rode a couple! We did the flyer ride as a family, and the girls and I got on the Dragon coaster for the first time this season, and then we did the Auto Skooters (bumper cars) as a family too! The girls also got on the Matterhorn AND the Flying Dutchman this year! It really was a perfect summer night!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Lakeside is my FAVORITE! I grew up going to Lakeside and am so so in love with the fact that I am able to bring my girls there now. My Great Aunt lived very close by and she told us stories about growing up there as well, dancing and dating and spending summer nights at Lakeside. It’s neat that every generation will have their own unique perspective and experience with the park. If I had a lot of money to throw at projects, this would be top of my list as a little love project. It is such beautiful grounds, and the typography and the signage is worth preserving for historical value. It is an absolute GEM.
Happy SUMMER! Summer is my least favorite season, especially considering we are without air conditioning right now, and I prefer wearing fur coats over shorts, but Lakeside is my one summer save. You just only get it a couple months and then she gets tucked away until the next year. Goals would be to go at night!
Here is last year’s trip to Lakeside, and two years ago and the year before that and our FIRST year! Gah! We are Lakeside lovers for sure! Wild to look back and see Rem on her tippy toes, trying to get a peek of the Whip It ride and finally, four years late she and her sister were on that same spinner this past Sunday!
Going down a different path for a second, I am realizing how there are so many things we get to show our girls from my childhood because they are growing up where I did, but some day, we would love to show our girls things from Baba’s childhood and past. He just comes from a place a little further away, and a little more volatile at the moment. Those stories he shares, while few and far between are gold and I really want to find a way we can somehow replicate or share or expose or girls’ to things that shaped their Baba in his past. Just last night my husband shared a small memory of his about a bus ride he took outside of his city for work, and his body gestures mimicking a rickety, bumpy dirt road, holding a hand pull in a standing room only bus was both hilarious, and sweet, and just very special. Not a super sentimental girl, but I loved hearing that, and I want to know more.
Wearing: Rem and Lo are both wearing past season rompers by One Day Parade, but loving this cherry romper by Stella McCartney Kids, and if you have a babe, this Tiger Face bubble from Cat & Jack is darling! Other fun options for sister sets are these lemon and fruit rompers from Gap, (and they’re only $20), or the flutter sleeve romper from Old Navy. My dress is a vintage thrift goodie from a couple years ago now- love it!