I have no souvenirs from Kennywood… and here’s why…

Have you ever heard of Kennywood? If you know anyone from Pennsylvania you probably have. It is part of so many kids childhoods, including my husband’s and his entire family.

His entire family goes to Kennywood every summer, and every Christmas. It is just something people from the Burgh do. It is a staple there. I will admit, I am a bit jealous we haven’t been there for Christmas yet. Maybe in a few years.

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This wasn’t my first time there. I went awhile ago. Before kids, and maybe before I was married. Looking back on that day I don’t remember too much. Knowing that this was going to be the boys first time there I wanted to make sure we reserved a whole day for Kennywood. I was going to add a Kennywood mug to my growing collection, and my husband would get a new cap. I had it all planned out.

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When we got there I was impressed that the lines weren’t crazy. We only had to wait a little bit to get on the first few rides. I can’t stress how important all of the tree coverage is. We went on July 3rd and it felt like a fall in Florida. Yes, it was still warm but nowhere near as hot as it would have been in South Florida.

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I didn’t immediately notice the historical markers on some of the rides. But as we had been there a bit longer I started looking for them. The first ride we went on, The Kangaroo, is the last of its kind in existence. I thought that added a bit more intrigue to the ride. To think how many people used to enjoy rides like this, and now you can only experience it at Kennywood. There is something special to that.

I had no idea it had been around since the 1800’s and was a historical landmark. When I posted on my Insta Stories about Kennywood… people that are nowhere in the area were telling me stories about how they had been there. Some dating back almost 30 years ago.

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No surprise Haven had to walk around with a map making sure we didn’t miss anything. I do love this about him.

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One thing I loved about the rides there is that a majority of them I could ride and enjoy with the boys. The Whip, seen below, was my toddlers favorite. He’s 3 and it was perfect for him. I have to admit even though it’s simple, it’s a lot of fun.

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Something else that is awesome is Kennywood’s location. There are awesome views from a lot of the rides. This is from The Turtle, which is another ride with history.

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1927 y’all!!! It’s still a fan favorite.

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They have just recently added Thomas Town, and considering the fact I have two little ones that were and still are crazy about Thomas… we spent some time here.

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It is the perfect place to take your picture with a few of your favorite characters from Sodor.

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Plan ahead tip: take socks. You would think my kids would have had them on if we were walking around all day. They won’t wear them with shoes. I’ve stopped trying to figure it out.

For the Thomas Town indoor playground your kids have to wear socks. Luckily enough they do have the for sale in the store connected to the playground.

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The playground is for ages 2-10, but they seemed around 3-5 on the day we were there. Also, if you are looking for a family bathroom, make sure to head in here.

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There are Thomas and Friends themed rides that are perfect for your little ones. It is such a fun place to explore with them… you can even take a ride on Thomas the Train. Something we did multiple times. I was the mom singing “They’re two, they’re four, they’re six, they’re eight…” Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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OK. So let’s talk The Potato Patch. This is probably the most talked about location in Kennywood, from the people I talked to anyway.

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It only has french fries, and has different flavors and toppings to add on. I had the Cheese fries with BBQ Salt on the side. I also grabbed some vinegar to dip them into.

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Yes, they were yummy. But in all honestly I think meat eaters enjoy these a little more, because they can also choose bacon or brown gravy. They are a little more fancy for those carnivores in your life.

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I loved, loved, loved watching the boys with their cousins. They don’t have any relatives close to their age anywhere near us, so spending this time together was super special.

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One thing locals do is take your own food or snacks. We were able to stop and dry off after a few water rides with PB&J’s and cheddar popcorn. There was no fighting over what the kids were going to get. They already knew. With 9 kids, it could have gotten really expensive.

You could also get ice water at any of the concession stands for free. I don’t know if it was just how busy we were that day but they had great water. 🙂 Maybe it’s a Pittsburgh thing.

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Now let’s talk about why I didn’t get any souvenirs.

I forgot.

Yeah, completely slipped my mind until we were leaving. And we didn’t leave until the park was closed.

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I was too busy enjoying the moment. Enjoying my kids. Enjoying making memories with them, that I didn’t even pause to say “Let’s go into the gift shop.”

Kennywood fully delivered… quite more than I expected. I was a little sad as we were leaving that this park isn’t anywhere close to us.

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There was something completely different and special about Kennywood, that I haven’t felt at another theme park. I’m not sure if it was the history of the park, the family ties that were there or how it had something for everyone.

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I know, without a doubt, that anytime we are in Pittsburgh this will be a must do on our family list.

If you are in the area I think this is a perfect way to enjoy a little Pittsburgh history and build memories with your kids. It was for us.

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Summertime Favorite – Jello 123

I was shocked when I posted a poll on Instagram about Jello 123 and most people had no idea what I was talking about. How is this even possible? One of my favorite memories was spending a full day outside soaking in the summer sun, coming in for dinner and knowing that dessert was Jello 123.

Apparently they stopped making in in the mid 90’s… Booooo

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Summer Smoothie Bowls – Self Care for Mom

I’m a mom. You know what that means? It means somewhere along the way I have stopped putting myself first. It happens. I feel like it happens to anyone who starts chasing after tiny feet. We are more consumed with the health and wellness than ours. That is the definition of MOM.

But this mom is running on empty a good deal these days. That’s why I said this summer was the summer of self care. It’s something I’ve been desperately needing.

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Parenting With Mindfulness – Start Slow

Being a parent is hard. But honestly being a kid these days isn’t a walk in in the park. There are a million different things headed their way and as a parent, that scares me to death.

I’m already one of those moms that works at the same school as one son… and in one more year, hopefully both of my boys will be there. Don’t worry though, I’m not one of those moms that hovers. I just watch them from afar.

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Watermelon Volcano – Summer of Science

I couldn’t go into any grocery store without seeing how cheap watermelons are right now. Or should I say how affordable watermelons are right now. This size watermelon was only a few dollars. The larger watermelons would work too, but you would just need a whole bunch more material.

What you will need:  Baking Soda, Vinegar, Dish Soap and food coloring (that is optional).

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Cool Off This Summer With Frozen Paint

It’s hot. It’s summer. And unlike Olaf… I’m not a fan. Weird that I live in South Florida right?

While it is hot, I will say most of the evenings have been beautiful and I do love spending time in the backyard with the boys. One of our major projects this year has been to redo the backyard and little by little it is becoming one of my favorite parts of the house. Continue reading “Cool Off This Summer With Frozen Paint”

5 Things To Know Before Heading to The Pittsburgh Zoo

No matter what city we travel to, I always want to see what activities there are for the family. We happened to be in Pittsburgh last month and the weather was beautiful for a few days we were there. When I say beautiful I mean not crazy hot like South Florida. I was able to wear SLEEVES!!! Do you know how excited that makes me?

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