My husband and I in a moment of pure insanity took our two kids and two of their friends to Branson, Missouri over the weekend to go to Silver Dollar City. If you've never been to SDC or as the locals call it, Steal Your Dollar City, you're missing out. This is the only theme park my husband can be talked into that is within a two days drive. He liked Disney World but who can run over there in a weekend?
Silver Dollar City is like an old town set in the 1800's. It is clean, shady and full of people that love their jobs and love people. It is a Christian based theme park that is not overt in it's Christianity but you know that morals and values are important to the people who own and run the park. It has lots of rides for all ages but it also has music and variety shows and arts and crafts buildings. My husband calls it arts and crap but that's not what they carry. They have local artisians doing painting, metalwork, woodwork, pottery and other real crafts. It's interesting to go and watch these artists make beautiful objects and speak directly to them.
We took four kids and set them free in Silver Dollar City for the day. This is the first year that they have been able to go off on their own. Of course, all four had their cell phones with them so they could call at any minute but it still was a little unnerving to let them out of my sight! The kids had a ball, riding rides until they were sick and buying the snacks and drinks that they wanted not what I thought they should have. When they wandered off my husband turned to me and said, 'they really are growing up aren't they?' We hadn't been alone in Silver Dollar City since we had traveled there twenty-two years ago on our honeymoon! Sure hasn't seemed like that long ago!
The kids survived, we survived and I think we all had a good time. We only had to stop once on the way home to break up a fist fight in the back of Suzy Q. Our own lovely adorable children were punching away on each other so my husband had to remove them from the vehicle and have a 'little talk' to the two of them. We were all tired from having too much fun in the sun and were a bit cranky at that time.
But we survived! I had a friend once that would say of any experience that you'd either have a good time or a great story, I think we have both from this trip!