Well, we’ve had a busy past few days. Aly danced Friday night at Centennial Park, twice at the same park on Saturday, which also hosted an art festival, and we also spent a bunch of time at Kinderplaats on a beautiful Saturday, with Grandma Jan and Grandpa Bill there to help share the fun. Today, Aly danced twice more, this time at Kollen Park on the stage during another visit to Kinderplaats, with surprise guests Lizzy and Kevin.
Friday Night Dancing
After Aly’s performance, we headed down 8th Street to find the good carney food. We had a selection of fried goodness, highlighted by a red velvet funnel cake, which was truly amazing. Life changing, emotionally and cardiovascularly.
Kinderplaats is the “children’s festival” on the Saturday/Sunday of the opening weekend of the Tulip Time Festival. We’ve been going there since before Aly was born with Devin, but our kids love it. It moved to Kollen Park a few years ago and is packed with fun free things for kids to do, though not everything is free. We began with a tour of various county and local vehicles.
The Lakeshore Makers had a booth with a 3-D printer working, and also stations for kids to make Big Red-shaped buttons that were actually circuit boards. Aly picked her LED light choice from five, then Harvey helped her assemble the switch, battery, resistor and LED onto the board with a soldering iron. She loved it!
Leah then took a turn at the bounce house, which is one of the things you actually have to pay for, but was well worth the money.
Saturday Dancing at Centennial Park
After the first performance, we toured the booths filling the park. Aly worked hard selecting some clothes for her American Girl dolls, but I suggested to Leah that we head to the Sandcastle toy store downtown for her to find something. We did that and picked up some fudge on the way back through the park, which the group snacked on while we waited for the second performance time to start.