Last night my littles were wowed by the “Super Moon” which topped off a fun visit to Musikfest. Normally my summers are marked with several visits to this festival – one of my favorites. This year though, being short on funds and time, we didn’t go as frequently but still had a wonderful time yesterday.
JJ and Bella were thrilled to be going. I think her excitement was thanks to her brother’s contagious elation. He had a mental list that he shared almost as soon as I confirmed that it was indeed time for Musikfest. First and foremost he wanted to go on the big slide, he wanted to check out the river and also find a necklace with the seahorse (like the crab one he got last year) he would buy it with his tooth fairy money. We all were looking forward one of our summer highlights – the fireworks!
We parked and took the shuttle which saved us the trouble of searching for a parking space. Bella enjoyed that ride almost as much as anything else that day. JJ would have enjoyed it more if Bella wouldn’t have insisted on sitting as close to him as possible. After emerging from the shuttle, we headed through Plaza Tropical towards Kinderplatz. It’s changed quick a bit over the years. The focus has shifted from performers for children and a plethora of art activities in a park-like setting to a carnival with rides and games (that are quite costly). The kids loved it though, of course. The fun house JJ couldn’t get enough of last year hadn’t returned (saving me!) They wanted to play the fish game (one of my childhood favorites too, though not at Musikfest). The fun was short-lived when JJ realized that the big fish he had his eye on required him to win 15 little fish first!
Next up was the Super Slide. Of course, JJ wanted to enjoy one of his favorites (despite his newly-developed slight fear of heights) which meant Bella wanted to do it too. Which meant I had to do it as well. Yay. Bella and I hiked up the steep stairs following a brave JJ with a potato sack slung over his shoulder. That trek up the many narrow many steps gives you plenty of time to contemplate if you really want to take the plunge. Yet, what would be worse? Even if it was allowed I don’t know that I would want to descend via the steps. I wasn’t surprised when I saw a mixture of glee and fear on JJ’s face as Bella and I neared the summit. As I sat down and Bella was plopped on my lap, I spotted an ant-sized JJ at the bottom, I felt more than a little nervous. It was time to go though and I have to say it was pretty fun. I wish I could have seen Bella’s face, she sounded a little scared but did laugh on the way down too. Then they rode a (much less intimidating) little flying elephant and looked so sweet together waving at me each time they came around.
After that, we walked through to try to find his necklace in Handwerkplatz. Along the way we stopped at the river. While watching the ducks swim along, a kind man offered a teeny bag of pretzels (giveaways from a Snyder’s booth) to feed them. Hearing them giggle as these little ducks raced each other to get the pretzel bits proved to be one of my day’s highlights. Something so simple brought them complete and utter joy.
We followed the path towards the crafters catching a bit of “Cast in Bronze” along the way. Sadly, the crafter which had the necklaces JJ wanted to purchase was no where to be found. Later that day he asked me if I could find it on the computer and email them and ask them to send it overnight! What a mind!
Then we traveled through to Festplatz taking in some good tunes along the way. We got some lemonade and at Plaza Tropical waited in quite a line for our beloved Aw Shucks. Then we met up with Tori and Vinny. Bella kept on telling Tori that “Aunt Brooke is taking me to dance class!” and the kids couldn’t get enough of the two of them.
Next Aunt Brooke and Uncle Tommy showed up and it was time for fireworks from the bridge. Unfortunately our group wasn’t complete as my dad (who sort of lives for fireworks) couldn’t be there. The show was great though Bella was equally impressed with the “supamoon.” She wanted the fireworks to be shot in that area of the sky.
Then we enjoyed some music in Festplatz while getting some food to bring to my dad bratwurst and I got my favorite a “Take-A-Taco” to share with him. Bella was so cute dancing for a little bit. The only trouble is sometimes when she gets into the music she closes her eyes which can obviously be a little dangerous while dancing! The kids enjoyed “funnel cake oreos” and got cotton candy to enjoy later. Then we got on the shuttle and headed to stop by and see their pop.
I love this festival and the familiarity of it. Traditions are something I find comfort and joy in and I love sharing that with my children. Seeing them smile and hearing them giggle is such a source of sunshine for me.
Last year we brought the BOB stroller and on a different day their other double stroller but I figured this year being just the three of us for awhile it would be best to just bring her umbrella stroller. Lifting things can still be tricky for me right now. I also brought the Ergo (which went unused). I just have to note how pleased I was how JJ was so very cognizant about being right by my side at all times mostly keeping his hand on the stroller and when Bella wanted to walk making sure they held hands and that we all stuck together.