|Antique carousel in the Amusement Park|
|Miniature train garden in the Botanical Garden|
A favorite of my three-year-old was the tropical rainforest, where a surprise snake hides deep within the waterfall's cavern. The only way we could lure him away was by tempting him with the hunt for lizards in the cactus garden. The final stop was the miniature train garden featuring small streetcars and trains chugging along amidst carved New Orleans homes and buildings. It's the perfect place to build anticipation and excitement over the upcoming train ride.
|Mother Goose takes flight in Storyland|
A short walk down the road past a giant Little Bo Peep and Humpty Dumpty lies the entrance to Storyland - a whimsical playground for young children. While Charles pretended to be Captain Hook battling Peter Pan on board the pirate ship, August came out of his usual Moby-wrap induced sleep and opened one eye to peer warily at the Big Bad Wolf hiding in Grandma's House. From Pinocchio's whale to the old lady who lived in a shoe, every childhood fairytale memory was vividly brought to life.
|City Park's train|
With a blow of its whistle, the train pulled out onto the tracks, taking us on a sightseeing tour of the south side of the park. We waved at bystanders, pointed out the swans relaxing under a bridge and watched the streetcar clatter by on Carrollton Avenue. The duration was just perfect as attention spans were maxing out right as we pulled alongside the Botanical Gardens and soon slowed to a stop.
|Irises blooming in the Sculpture Garden|
It was a packed morning and early afternoon, but for once, we made it home in time for a late lunch and Charles' nap. Meanwhile, my daydreams of catching a few minutes of shut eye were dashed once I realized, after having slept through most of our day's adventures, August was now rearing to go...