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Cultivating Experiences, Carowinds

Hey y'all!

I've been on a mission to create memories for my daughter. Living in the age of social media and saving everything to "the cloud," it's easier to capture moments and have them to look back on. I don't have any pictures of myself before the age of 5 or 6 because we lost everything in a fire. And then the pictures that I did have from my high school days, I lost in the flood. Insert sad face.

I realized that I've been going a lot of places for vacation (without my kid) and that she deserves some of that time too. I've made a promise to both of us that we will see more and do more. She LOVES to DO things. Whereas I am comfortable relaxing with a good book or movie.

Carowinds offers a free season pass for children age 3-5. It's less than an hour drive for us and will fill up so much time that would otherwise be idle. I grabbed a season pass for myself as well. I added the unlimited drink option (you can get fountain drinks every 15 minutes) and got the "Gold" season pass that includes parking. It pays for itself in 2 visits. Parking is like $20! Tickets online, in advance are AS LOW AS $45. So again, it pays for itself! They also have an option to make payments.

We ventured for our first visit yesterday and she had such an amazing time! I opted for us to go alone because I wanted some quality time with her. We will plan for a group trip sometime soon and will probably visit for her birthday in July.

The child is scared of anything human sized in a costume. We saw Snoopy on the way in and she cried because she didn't want to go near "him." I told her it's just a person in a costume and she said she knows but it's still scary. After she conned me asked me so nicely to get her face painted and asked for ONE MORE RIDE, she asked to take a picture with Snoopy. Then she curled around my leg when we got close, so I had to form a barrier between them. I could tell when she was getting weary. She cried that she didn't want to leave. But then she asked me to carry her to the car! Her favorite ride was the Woodstock Express roller coaster in Camp Snoopy. She's apparently a thrill seeker! OH! You get discounts on some things if you are a season pass holder too. Like the face painting!

I'm hoping to take day trips and extended weekend trips with her so we can explore more. With her daycare days coming to an end, we will have a little more money to do more things and I can't wait! I'll probably get her a passport soon.

What are your favorite places to take your kids?

I'm pretty sure this ride was still on the ground. Hello acting classes!




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