Today I picked up Zander from daycare and we went to Universal. I knew we could only stay a short while because we had to get back to town for dinner and Vacation Bible School. As an adult, when I go to a theme park I am always thinking about how I can get the most done in the short amount of time that I have. When Marty and I go we do the same, we do the most popular rides first, then gravitate towards the others and try to cram in as much as we can.
Well that is the adult way or at least my way- but Zander, as a kid, has a lot more on his mind when going to Universal. He’s almost four now and has his own ideas about what is fun!
First-the escalators and people movers. Zander loves them. Getting on and off is very exciting. Then when you’re on it he just loves standing in one spot and enjoying the ride. I suggested on the people mover that we walk to go faster but no-he liked putting his arms out to keep me in one place better.
Next great thing to escalators and people movers- stone walls and metal railings. They are great fun. He climbs on them, walks along them, and studies where they are connected. One line was about twenty minutes long and the other two about thirty but he did not complain about the lines-he was too busy exploring.
Zander also loves music. Most places in Seuss Landing have very catchy music. He is always swaying or bopping to it. Sometimes I do not even hear the music until I see him in time with it-then I hear it.
Zander is also good about recognizing distance. He loves to say, ‘look how high we are' or 'we are going to go way up there'. He will say many times, 'we are getting so close' even though we have only moved a foot.
He also believes in taking breaks. I learned this walking to the car when he told me, ‘Mimi-I need a break’. So we did- an ice cream break. He also picked a couple spots for photo shots. He stopped and said ‘take a picture of me’-of course I obliged.
When it was time to go, we had a long walk to the car. So we took turns. I carried him a bit, and then he walked. We were both exhausted and happy to see that people mover again. This time I did not even suggest we walk- I just enjoyed the ride. We got to the car, got some fresh water and within five minutes, he was asleep. I had told Zander on the way to the car that I thought he and I should sleep on the way back home and let Thomas (stuffed cat in the car) drive. He said no-he wanted me to. Oh well.
I learned a lot letting him control the day a bit. I thought cramming a lot in was the way to give him the best time-he had other ideas and his way was a lot more relaxing.