On his first birthday, we took our son to Story Land, which is this amusement park in the village of Glen in New Hampshire. I love going back to the mountainous Granite State, and couldn’t think of a better place to toast ourselves on having completed a year of parenthood.
Story Land is a sprawling park and you may not get a chance to see everything and ride every single ride in one day but that’s alright. Or at least, it was for us. We are not those people who have to make maximum use of their cover charge and run from one attraction to another. And as it turns out, we are also not those people who are on top of weather conditions and carry rain-coats and umbrellas to kiddie parks. We are the kind to sit out the downpour beneath a gazebo, munching on caramel popcorn and taking in the early fall colors.
Also, don’t go there expecting to be blown away by the scale and options. You are not visiting Disney Land. You are not paying that much money (even parking is free here) and you are not having to deal with as much crowd density. Nothing here says frightfully big and imposing, which is a good thing for toddlers.
Our one-year-old enjoyed his first carousel ride, his first Ferris Wheel aka the Great Balloon Chase and the whistle-stop train tour of the whole park. Not old enough for the spinning, swaying Crazy Barn and others of its likes, he spent a lot of time with the animals and birds that seemed to have jumped off the pages of his favorite bedtime stories. Peter Rabbit was snoozing but Porky with the curly tail obliged him with a grunt.
In Story Land, it is not about riding the scariest roller-coaster, it is more about saying hello to the Three Little Pigs, and recognizing characters and places from books and nursery rhymes. It is magical, but in an intimate sort of way.
Note: The park is closed for the winter but those who need information on directions, attractions, timings and such, you know what to do. And if you don’t want to google it, just click here.