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An Evening of Amusement at Old Orchard

Old Orchard Beach is that special place for kids that is full of excitement and fun! The neon lights at night shine to invite them into the amusement park   and the kids race to the roller coaster ready for the thrill of a lifetime!

Warning: One point in the evening  parents will get bamboozled out of cash on the fair ground games as the kids attempt to win that one enormous stuffed animal. You can warn them the games are rigged but they will never believe you!

It is at the end of the night we leave the land of amusement with bribes of one last ride on the ferris wheel, a slice of boardwalk pizza, and a deep-fried Oreo. We savor the devilish treats  knowing we will have to wait until  next summer to delight in all of it again.

I nibble on the cotton candy as we make it back to our suite, stamping the moments of my children’s laughter on the tilt-whirl in my memory, and knowing the evening was full of magic.

Do you have a  favorite amusement park memory?

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Darcie

Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga

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  1. Your post is magic, Darcie. I love the handstand. 🙂

    I have one, but it should be it’s own blog post. Thank you for bringing my encounter with a doped-up Hell’s Angel in Myrtle Beach back to me.

  2. I don’t really have a favorite memory. Amusement parks usually take me for all the money in my wallet because their freakin’ games are FIXED.

    The ferris wheel is fun, though…

  3. Love this. I haven’t been to an outdoor fair in too many years, though I can smell the salt and grease and sugar and excitement if I close my eyes. What glorious images, Belle. So glad you guys had a good time.

  4. Mine is so much different than someone else might expect! My best one was actually going to Disneyland on an evening out with Ba.D.; I’d been grumpy all day, but I called my mom en route, and as Ba.D. and I made our way to the park, I just felt my spirits lifted so, so much. Of course, it just got better once we got in the park . . . but it was that joy as we rode down the escalators and I wrapped up my call with my mom that got me. ♥

  5. My best memory is of a carnival – my dad took me, and I came home with a tiny bisque doll and a strand of green glass beads. Of course no one would allow a child glass beads today, and we’re the poorer for it. I never broke the strand – it simply disappeared some decade later. But I still can see it, and the doll, and hear the music of the merry-go-round.

    When I was in high school, I got stuck on the double ferris wheel at the Iowa State Fair. We were at the very tippy-top of the second wheel, and we were there for a good long time while they tried to restart things. It probably was five or ten minutes. It seemed like forever!

    1. That is a wonderful memory! I think I know the beads you are talking about they seemed like such a wonderful treasure 🙂

      My friends use to rock the ferris wheel on me! I hated those moments!

  6. My favorite memory is simply ‘going to the amusement park’. I love it there- something magical about that place, in my opinion! LOVE the water gun games- best games there!

  7. I’ve always loved fair grounds and the rides. When I was a kid it was candy floss at the end of the evening which we looked forward to. I must say, deep fryed Orios sounds like death on a plate, but you clearly survived yours. Whats a few calories between friends

  8. I love the water in the clown’s mouth game… was always my favorite… I remember being little and wanting to go down a bumpy huge slide at an amusement park. My parents kept making me wait until I was bigger. Finally they let me go. I ran up the stairs, sat down and hten was petrified to actually slide down…. I didn’t see that one coming

  9. I think my parents were thankful I was never able to win those gigantic stuffed animals at our local fairs and carnivals… what in the world would I have done with a 3-foot stuffed Tweety bird anyway?! 😉

  10. Amusement parks are great but yes, expensive, get away places to go and just have fun. I love your last cartwheel/handstand photo…great way to start my week! Thanks! 🙂

  11. I worked at an amusement park for a short time (about a month) and it was lots of fun! I also lovelovelove Disneyland…even now and just as much as when I was a kid. The last picture of your son (??) playing on the beach with the lights in the background…that is a frame worthy shot, it’s wonderful!

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