Eight is Great

This week we celebrated our grandson’s 8th birthday. It is hard to believe that he is already eight. Time moves quickly and I always try to put a hint in a young parent’s ear to make the most of the childhood years because they go too fast.  Of course, this is difficult because parents are very busy working to provide the basics and trying to ensure their children have fun.

For the 8th birthday, my daughter and I took him to one of the Lego playlands. He had wanted to go for some time and we thought this would be an ideal time to make the trip.  Upon arrival, we picked up his adventure pass which gave him additional activities to do while he was in Legoland.  After picking up the adventure pass plus lanyard, we took a mini-train ride through different Lego adventures. This was very exciting! We were given star wands that we used to collect points during the ride.  We used the wand to point at different areas of the screen to generate points.  The train ride let us off back where we started and then we entered the land of Lego.

Legoland is split into multiple areas based on the Lego themes (ie, Ninjago, Duplo, and cinema). There is so much to do from the beginning that we found it very easy to stop at the building area and not go any further. Thank Heaven for the adventure pass (AP)! The AP was really helpful because it encouraged us to visit the different areas and get our pass stamped.  If you go, be sure to stop at the cinema and take in an interactive movie. Once we visited all the areas and had all the checkpoints stamped, we were able to pick up a couple pieces of flair for my grandson to add to his lanyard.

After a couple of hours playing Lego, it was time to eat. The great thing about being at the mall is that everyone can have their choice of foods. My grandson ordered his favorite, pizza.  My daughter ordered Chinese food and I purchased a veggie sub. After eating, it was off to gaming at Dave and Busters (D&B).  Believe it or not, this was his first time at D&B. Of course, he did not want to leave. 🙂 We’ll be sure to bring him back for a day of D&B.

On the way home, we discovered a popcorn store and decided we had to try it. Special treat! Not only did the store sell popcorn but it also sold the candy from the Harry Potter series. Yes, even the chocolate frogs. Being a Harry Potter geek, I was particularly excited about that, however,  we decided to stay away from the candy that day and just focus on popcorn. We let him choose his favorite flavor which turned out to be cookies and cream. I selected salted caramel and my daughter chose strawberry.

We were all thoroughly exhausted after the day’s adventures. The drive there and back was close to four hours (especially since we came back during rush hour). However, the celebration was not yet over. We came home to a mini celebration with just family, a specially decorated cake, and birthday presents which included a cool new desk (Succcess_Station) to be used in homeschool this year (more about that later).

Needless to say, by the time everyone left for home, grandma and pop-pop were done and wanted nothing more than to turn in for a good night’s sleep and we did.


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