Last month (July 1st) we brought Daniel to a great kid-friendly amusement park called Edaville USA in Carver, MA. It took us about an hour and a half to get there. We picked that date because a few times a year they have Thomas the Tank Engine as the lead car to pull the trains around the park and Thomas is Daniel’s favorite show right now. I really did not know there were places like this that catered to really young kids in our area.
Temperatures were well above 90 degrees. We briefly stood in line to have our picture taken with Sir Topham Hatt but it was too hot so we decided to go on some rides instead. We rode the carousel first. Daniel did not want to ride high up on a horse so we sat in what looked like a sleigh. Daniel was pretty calm sitting between Tary and me.
Daniel and I got on a space-themed capsule ride. There was a bar hovering over our laps which causes the pod to go up into the air when pulled towards you. As we sat in the pod waiting for the ride to start, Daniel started to get upset from being in a confined space so I had to distract him with some music videos on my phone. He is way too dependent on that. The ride started and the centripetal force made me feel like I might fall out of the pod. I understand why they have kids sit on the inside now. Since Daniel was still distracted by my phone, he didn’t notice that I held the bar toward us and sent our pod up in the air for the last half of the ride.
It got too hot so we brought Daniel inside a building with various play areas. He loved tossing himself around in the ball pit. He also played with some trains and tracks that were set up on really low tables. Then he ran through a maze but easily found the exit.
We still had another hour to kill before we could ride on Thomas so we stayed inside the building as long as we could. We visited the Gift Shop and bought a few items for Daniel: a Thomas t-shirt and a Thomas-shaped whistle. Daniel kept urging us to blow the whistle and he would pump his arm in the air and yell, “Choo choo!”
After lunch we stood in line to ride Thomas the Tank Engine! While in line we met up with Tary’s coworker and her family. It was fun riding around the park. Daniel had a serious look on his face but I think he was inwardly excited. Toward the end of the ride, the conductor handed each of the kids on board a certificate. Daniel’s face lit up with pride.
After the ride we stood in line to have Daniel’s picture taken with Thomas at the front of the train. The line moved quickly but Daniel was cranky from being overheated and he did not want to stop and pose for the camera. I took a few pictures of just Thomas before we left. I hope he enjoys these pictures and remembers this day when he’s a little older.
Overall I really liked Edaville USA and enjoyed our time there. I’m really pleased to know that such kid-friendly places exist in our area. I liked how there were many other young kids and their parents there. There were lots of low-to-the-ground, slow-moving rides. Food prices were fairly reasonable. I liked being able to temporarily park our stroller anywhere and not worry about someone walking off with ours. I also liked that the park was small enough to explore in a day without feeling exhausted. It’s a bit far but it’s definitely a keeper.