Thursday, June 12
Today's Mileage/Total Mileage: 2 mi (3.2 km)/1492 mi (2401 km)
Not only was Branson a convenient distance from the giant Superman statue in Illinois, it was home to Silver Dollar City, an amusement park that sounded... well... amusing. It is structured to look like an Old Western town. It was very reminiscent of Dollywood, in the sense that in addition to all the fun rides (including several roller coasters) there are lots of shops, shows, and demonstrations. As it turns out, Bird is particularly fond of wind chimes.
We happened to catch a circus show on ice - walked by shortly before it started. The show was a little on the hokey side, but the costumes & talent were amazing! After the finale, the skaters all gathered at the edge of the rink and you could go say hi if you wanted. Bird made a mad dash to the princess skater - who thought she was so adorable that she picked her right up so I could take a picture.
We spent the rest of the day doing all the typical preschooler things - flying elephants/caterpillars/frogs/ladybugs (seriously, how many rides can you make that go in a circle?!) and looking longingly at all the roller coasters. We did go on the SDC train as it leisurely traversed the park, but that was about it. Bug and I did go on a boat ride (circle boats down the rapids type of ride.) and got wonderfully soaked. (Bug, squealing in delight: I'm wet!!) Silly mommy, though - we went on it right before dinner and he turned into a Bug-sicle at the restaurant. Daddy went & found him an official Silver Dollar City t-shirt so he could eat his macaroni & cheese in peace.
At the end of the day we went into one of those old-time photo places, dressed up like Southern Civil War soliders/Southern Belles & got our picture taken, but I'm not sharing that here. ;)
Overall, I did love this place, but I definitely want to go back when the kids are older (and at least one of them wants to go on the roller coasters!!)