Sabine was invited to a birthday get-together of the soon two year old friend, Tjark at a unique destination. It was a beautiful day for sure, but Sabine was unfortunately under the weather. She took an extra long nap that day so we arrived later than we planned, leaving us with about an hour and a half to enjoy "Babyland Parc". Here is the link to their terrible (typically French) website: ParcBabyland
As always to see the picture BIGGER, click on it.
Babyland is a unique concept though, really. It is a large plot of land with a lot of trees and animal sculptures, filled with various rides for the younger set. The ages permitted are 0-12. It was also unusual for two other reasons as well.
First it cost double the entry price for the child. Eight euros per kid and a mere four for the adult, clever huh?
Second, there didn't seem to be anyone working there really. The rides were started by the parents. Talk about a grassroots style amusement park. No characters walking around, no plastic crap to buy, no overpriced food and drinks. Trees, rides, benches and tons of little people. All the kids would get in their animal, car, boat or chair of choice and a parent standing nearby would start the ride. I particularly liked this car:
It had a really positive, fun vibe - except for Sabine who although wasn't sick enough to stay home also wasn't her most expressive self either:
It was really cool though that Sabine could just go on as many merry-go-rounds as she wanted and pretty much have autonomy to choose where to go and what to do. Of course, it does require some negotiation:
|Hicham and Sabine pointing in different directions.|
|She looks like such a big girl here! How is this already happening? 19 months old going on four!|
|Button pusher (like in Lost)|
|The seat was pretty little for our two adult butts .... two close for comfort, thus the expressions.|
|Me and my girl going round.|
|One fun day at Babyland Parc!|