Family Fun Day

We went to Family Fun Day today, it was held by a great organisation. Parent to Parent is a support and information network for parents of children with special needs.


They held a Family day out in Palmerston North at the Esplinade where they provided a free train ride, pizza, lolly scramble, swimming passes and an ice cream for the whole family.

We had a good time on the drive, it takes about an hour to get there. Sophia drew on the way and Max just chilled. Brent and I sang and danced the embarrassing car dance moves that parents do, to the great displeasure of their pre-pubescent children.

We met up in the park and the kids played until it was time to ride the mini train. I was amazed when Sophia approached a couple girls and asked if she could get on the merry-go-round with them. They happily slowed and let her on.

She noticed the girls shirt and told her she had the same one and then they exchanged names and chatted while they spun. It was such an amazing feeling seeing her do this all on her own. After the girls left, Max jumped on with Sophia for a bit. Then she climbed the tree fort and bounced on the ground trampolines before we all went and waited for the train.

The train ride is great and we have taken the kids several times over the years, it is a great day out for the family. The scenery is gorgeous and everyone is so friendly and kind. Sophia took a family selfie and I love it.


After the train ride, we played some more at the playground while we waited for the pizzas to be delivered. We all have fun at this playground, it has such cool equipment. We especially love the mouse wheels.

Sophia really loves things that spin or swing, just like me. Those are the most fun for us. Max loves to climb, but both Max and Brent love a challenge.

After the swings, we found the tire spinny thing and the climbing structure with nests. Those were pretty cool, but then we noticed the great trees for climbing.

The climbed another structure but were not interested in that and Brent and Max also tried the wall climb but to no avail. I am bummed that I miss that photo op. lol

She also found a painted rock from #Palmyrocks near the base of the trees. We finally found the basket swing unoccupied so she had a try and loved it. Then as we were eating pizza, we found another #Palmyrocks painted rock in the tree along with a free hot drink card – but they were closed so we will save it for our next trip.


We were all getting overstimulated by this point so we decided to skip the lolly scramble and go get a cold drink all by ourselves until the next part which was swimming at the Lido. It was a nice little break from a lot of noise before the next session of chaotic fun.

It was so loud when we walked in that we decided to buy some silicone earplugs to dampen the sound for Sophia as she was really struggling. They had the music up way too loud and thus everyone else was even louder trying to hear each other over the music and the waterfall noise.

They worked great to block the sound, and I had my own earplugs in my bag that I always have with me. Oddly I am hard of hearing, but only voices and such sounds all the other stuff gets through. I am fearing what it will be like to have my hearing back! lol

after swimming we had an ice cream and watch for a bit. It is random facts and silly skits that were playing in the cafe.

And if all that wasn’t enough… we went to Carl’s Jr for tea as non of them have ever tried it. It was delicious and Sophia and Max did a Jalapeno challenge with some they took from my burger. They are very brave.

After a long drive home Sophia thought Max sleeping was the cutest thing ever and was squeeking from the back, “Oh, how cute, look how cute he is.” as she petted his hair like a puppy.

We must be completely mad because when we finally got home, we played NZ Monopoly until bedtime.

What a great day for Family Fun.

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