…and sunday afternoon at rye playland

August 2, 2011 |  Category:   life outings

Amusement parks may very well be the 10th circle of hell as far as I’m concerned. Sure, they can be fun if you’re in the right frame of mind, but not in 90 degree weather and not right after coming from Stone Barns. BUT, we can only blame ourselves. It’s not like the kids came up with the idea themselves and forced us to drive there. It seemed like a good idea at the time, particularly because it’s right on the Long Island Sound, and a swim sounded appealing, but I should have known that as soon as the girls saw the rides they would be thinking of nothing else. The whole experience was jarring in the sense that I can’t think of anything else that’s as polar opposite of how we spent our Sunday morning.

Bucolic farm pastures vs. rainbow colored industrial steel and plastic
Farm animals vs. people in animal costumes singing choreographed dance numbers

Fresh, locally harvested food vs. Popeye’s Chicken and Nathan’s hotdogs
Quiet countryside vs thumping bass and loud music

Still, to see the excitement on the girls’ faces was almost worth the junk food and the lines to get on the rides. I had been to Rye Playland once before. It was the summer after my senior year in high school and some friends and I were visiting our art teacher who lived in a nearby town. I think it’s probably the last time I’d been to an amusement park as a “kid”, still wanting to go on rides. I don’t, however, remember being 4 years old and being such a thrill seeker. I swear Claudine in particular was getting addicted to that adrenaline rush of being twirled around, dropped from high points (that last photo up there? Her favorite ride which she must have gone on about 6 times) and zoomed through a mini roller coaster course. She said that the rides “tickled her tummy” and when she got off each one, she’d do a little hyper excited dance with this goofy grin on her face. Pretty funny stuff. And I guess that’s why as parents we tolerate spending hours in places that we normally wouldn’t want to spend our Sunday afternoons in. I may have loved going on these rides when I was a kid, but now that I am old, just watching the girls being tossed around is enough to make my stomach churn.

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  • unha August 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

    ha. kids are such thrill seekers.
    J and A were in coney island past weekend with K. being dizzy and feeling “funny” was the reason to go on the rides again.. again.. again.. i still remember my knees shaking from the first real “grownup” rollercoaster..

  • Julia's Bookbag August 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Oh goodness, I hear you, my daughter is a thrill seeking maniac and I can remember quite clearly NOT being that way when I was little. She wants to go on things at amusement parks that make me want to barf just looking at it from the outside, feet firmly on the ground. And I double hear you about lines plus heat. Ah…but the smiles and Happy Dances make it worth it…..pretty much! 🙂 ~Melissa

  • Christie August 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Ahhh, the super slide. To my younger sister and I, that was the best thing about carnivals, amusement parks and county fairs.

    (BTW, I love Mia’s longer hair do. It’s so cute! Reminds me of that one family picture you took a few years ago.)

  • Ivori August 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I adore pics of your girls when they looks so happy and carefree. Most times you post pics of them when they look so serious. These definitely made me smile and brightened my day.

  • kimia kline August 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    lol. i lost it at thumping bass. 🙂 claudine’s face = priceless.

  • cg August 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Eleven years ago we lived very close to Playland in Rye. We moved from one side of the coast to the other, so many things were new to us. But for whatever reason, our trip to Playland was really eye opening. It’s not like there weren’t boardwalks and amusement parks on this side of the coast (we have since moved back) but there was something about the atmosphere at Playland that simultaneously awed and scared us. Your post is a little walk down memory lane.

  • geena August 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    i friquin love rye playland and im 21 haha

    love your blog

  • Joy August 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Aww I love reading about your adventures with kids.

  • Seema August 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    wow, beautiful photographs as always. You capture the essence of family so beautifully. Your writing comes to life with these pictures. xx

  • Gretha August 6, 2011 at 8:27 am

    rye5 is one of the best pictures I`ve seen in a fair while…Love it.