We arrived at the event about 30 minutes after it started, but there was still plenty of parking. Yay!
As we walked up to the event, we were asked to sign in and were handed a postcard to earn a stamp at each game station. We could keep the card as a keepsake from the event or mail it to someone. Cute!
The event had plenty of fun for kids to explore, including a bounce house which Dylan just HAD to jump in right away.
Next, we explored the water-themed games throughout the park. Waiting in line got hot in the sun, but luckily the kids moved pretty quickly!
I loved that most of the games for kids were simple enough for all ages to participate, AND they were fun ideas I could easily replicate at home! I’m always looking for new, fun things to do, so this was great. Another mom even made the same comment to me in line. “I could totally do these at home with the kids!” YES! 🙂
Dylan loved the Water Gun Shootout that tested his squirt gun skills against a ping pong ball. He cheated a little to get as close as possible to the ball, but no one seemed to mind, thank goodness.
Next, he threw a sponge-y ball at some upside-down Frisbees in a kiddie pool. He loved it, even though he missed!
Finally, it was time for the “Ping Pong Plop,” which was basically beer pong for kids (with water and ducks instead of beer). D couldn’t wait to try it!
Of course, he had to cheat and get really close again. 🙂
Next, he wanted his face painted – a fish! While we waited in line he said, “Mommy, it’s hard to wait.” Yes it is, buddy!
It turned out so cute and he LOVED it!
While we waited on the fire trucks to arrive with the suds, we played on the playground. It was our first time at Yankee Park and it was great! Plenty to do, plus a large shelter and restrooms (with flush toilets!) nearby. We’ll definitely have to come back again with friends…
Did we just see the fire truck? Yay! The moment everyone was waiting for…
After the firefighters sprayed the foam, the kids made a mad dash to jump in it. It was crazy and looked like so much fun. It also allowed the kids see a real fire truck up close, but I think they were more psyched about getting in the foam. 🙂
So how did my kid like it? Of course, he took a few steps in it, wasn’t quite sure, and then came back to me to dry his feet off. Ugh. Figures. At least it looked like most of the other kids there really had a blast playing in the bubbles!
It was really hard to drag him away from the park after the suds finale (he wanted to go back to the playground), but luckily the Centerville-Washington Park District was beginning to take down their activity stations, so I explained to him that everyone else had to go home, too! It also made it easier to get him into the parking lot when he saw this car. “It’s got eyes, Mommy!”
I’m so glad we spent such a gorgeous day out in in our local parks enjoying such a fun event. Thanks to everyone at the Centerville-Washington Park District for making it such a great time! We can’t wait to come back again next year. 🙂