During Alfie’s two weeks of school holidays there’s been just one thing he’s wanted to do and he hasn’t stopped going on about it and it’s driven me to distraction with all the talking and the questions and the countdown and the anticipation and the excitement and the discussions – endless discussions.
And so the day finally arrived and by his good fortune he was up with the birds which was three hours before we needed to leave the house and he threw on his clothes and stood at the door tapping his foot ready to go before he’d even had his breakfast and cleaned his teeth.
Yes, we were off for a day of rides, sideshows and fairy floss at Sydney’s Luna Park.
We caught the bus because parking is a nightmare unless you want to pay around $40.00 to park for a couple of hours in the theme park’s car park. We pre-purchased our tickets on line which saved us a few dollars then queued for our wrist bands that gave us unlimited rides for the day.
I’ve taken Alfie to Luna Park before and I’ve always found it arduous because he gets so over-excited and we all know how that ends – in tears; but today was actually very pleasant. The weather was warm without being too hot and it was crowded but the queues weren’t too bad and he didn’t get lost which has happened before or run away which has also happened, so that made it more relaxing and there were only two rides that he insisted on going solo, leaving me in a different carriage to play solitaire.
The problem with Alfie is that he’s completely fearless and he doesn’t suffer any sort of motion sickness so no rides are off-limits and when one ride finishes you sprint to the next one. I follow behind trying desperately to keep up, stumbling in a state of dizziness with my stomach churning and an unsteady gait that causes a few stares.
I had a couple of minutes reprieve when I told Alfie I needed to sit down for lunch and so rather than consume that horrid fast-food type fare I took him to The Deck where we could sit in air-conditioned comfort away from the hideous noise of the sideshows and take in the view of Sydney Harbour. I ordered Alfie some hot chips that he refused to eat because he said, ‘This place is too quiet and there’s nothing to do; when can we go on The Rotor?’
So I gobbled down my antipasto which was washed down with a mineral water and off we went to The Rotor where we were whizzed around until the floor dropped away leaving us suctioned to the wall. If that doesn’t bring up your lunch, nothing will.
And then it was more sprinting to more whirling, upside down, twirling rides until it was time to visit the merchandising shop. On a previous visit he had seen Luna Park Monopoly for sale for the price of $75.00 and had badgered us to buy it for him. We convinced him that $75.00 was too high a price for a game of Monopoly. On this visit the Monopoly game was still for sale but had been reduced to $29.95. Alfie had brought his pocket money with him and bought himself the game and was very pleased with his bargain. We’ll be playing it tomorrow.
On the bus on the way home Alfie asked, ‘Do you like Luna Park, mum or do you just say that you do?’
‘No, I like it Alfie. I like it because it’s a very special day with you.’
Luna Park – ‘Just for Fun’
1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point NSW 2061
Ph: 9033 7676