I was invited to the VIP Grand Opening Party at Elitch Gardens on Thursday, May 1. (For those of you who don’t live in Denver – Elitch’s is like a Six Flags amusement park). I was excited to go back – the kids and I went there last year. That day was a day my kids were to be with their dad (my ex) so I called my ex to find out if he would be ok with me taking the kids. He said ok – as long as the kids want to go. I asked my 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter if they wanted to go and both of them said no. What? I’m pretty sure my kids have become so spoiled they have no idea how special this is and that not everyone gets to participate in stuff like this. But they didn’t want to go and I had already RSVP’d for three. Uh…now what? I did the next best thing. I adopted two kids for the night.
I adopted Tanner and Sierra – my friend Angie’s two kids who are 20 & 18. I was a tad bit afraid that they would think Elitch’s lame and/or me lame for thinking this was so darn cool. Angie was almost as excited as her kids. She said they both were having a tough week and it was perfect timing (plus then they could spend time together). I think they liked it. Sierra posted a bunch of pictures on Facebook and Instagram – the mark of being cool for an 18 year-old.
The VIP night only has about 100 people invited and they can bring their families to the park. Which means that it is like a private party and you don’t have to wait in line for ANYTHING! From the minute you walk in you feel like a big deal. They offer popcorn, fudge and cotton candy for free. It’s just sitting there for you to take it! Food seemed to be the highlight of the experience for them. In addition to the treats immediately when we walked in there was also street tacos, shredded beef sandwiches, corn dogs were being hand delivered as were flatbread pizzas. There was also choices of drinks, slushies, dippin dots, and birthday cake (Elitch’s is 124 Years Old!)
And of course after we ate we went on some rides – The Brain Drain, Boomerang, Teacups, Ferris Wheel, Sea Dragon, Hollywood & Vine among others. Tanner wouldn’t go with us on the roller coasters. But we had a lot of fun spinning around in the teacups! It really was so much fun.
I hope they know they are the best adoptees a mom could ask for! 🙂