Obviously, I couldn't do it alone.
So I enlisted the help of my next-door neighbor/regular babysitter and her younger sister, ages 17 and 14. Perfecto!
Hence, on a warm sunny Sunday in June, the 6 of us set off for the amusement park. Me, the two girls, Middle, Baby, and Middle's friend (we were celebrating Middle's 8th birthday).
TIP NUMBER 1: Parking at Six Flags costs $20.
I'm not sure why there is a fee for this, especially when ticket prices alone are around $40 per person with a promotion. (Canobie Lake Park doesn't charge for parking.) Once parked, you are shuttled directly to the steps leading into Six Flags. Be forewarned, the park is huDge.
TIP NUMBER 2: Wear comfortable walking shoes. You will be shlepping. A lot.
rides we wanted to go on first. It helped that Middle had studied the website at home and knew which rides he wanted to tackle.
TIP NUMBER 3: Measure your children at home so you know their height.
Six Flags has different height restrictions for each ride. Most of the moderate rides (but not kiddie rides) have a minimum height requirement of 48 inches. Then other rides jump up to 52" (Middle was an inch short for all these and was HIGHLY disappointed) and some are even 54". It helps knowing this ahead of time so you can simply avoid the rides that are too big for your child/ren.
And then it was time for lunch.
TIP NUMBER 4: Bring lots o' money if you plan on eating in the park.
It's ridiculously overpriced (think $9 for one "kids meal" consisting of 2 small chicken tenders, some pudding, applesauce and fruit snacks...and at least $3 for a REGULAR BOTTLE OF WATER) but they do have online meal deals (which are still expensive, in my opinion).
TIP NUMBER 5: Or pack your own lunch (and drinks!) in a cooler and hike back out to your car for snack/meal breaks.
Six Flags allows you to leave and re-enter the park - you just need to get a stamp on your hand when you exit, and then when you re-enter, you go through a special Re-entry Only line. This is pretty convenient.
After lunch, we tried to hit the rest of the rides that the Birthday Boy wanted to go on. One of them was Flashback, a high speed twisty, loopy and upside down roller coaster that goes around twice - once forward, once in reverse. Blech. Neither of my two helper girls wanted to attempt this after lunch. But Middle did! And it was his birthday! And so what else could I do but take one for the team?!
Here we are about to get on the
ride of death roller coaster. Can someone please just hand me my Mother of the Year trophy RIGHT NOW?
It actually wasn't bad
Thankfully, on this particular Sunday in June, the lines for rides weren't that long. I think the most we waited was about 15 minutes. The lines are shaded and bearable. However, Six Flags does offer Flash Pass options as well. Again, I think these are too expensive and not worth it. I'm not sure why Six Flags doesn't model Disney's FastPass and include it in the price of each ticket...because to me, it seems like not many people are using Flash Passes.
By this time it was early afternoon and hot hot hot. We were ready for the waterpark!
TIP NUMBER 6: Pack all your waterpark gear separately and hike back out to your car to change (in the parking lot. Yes, yes we did.) Be forewarned that the waterpark is the farthest point from the parking lot. So lots of walking is involved.
Middle and Friend waterpark-ready. And both in desperate need of cheeseburgers.
Yes, they do have locker rentals available in the waterpark. But again, totally expensive (and crowded in those areas)!
THIS is where my 2 helper girls came in REALLY handy: I didn't have to do any sort of waterpark activities! Yay me! I simply found an empty spot and guarded all our gear and totally
And then? We were done. Finished. Fried. Famished.
Time to head Home Sweet Home
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I was given free park passes to facilitate this review and giveaway. As always, any opinions expressed herein are mine, all mine.