by Anura Guruge
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Any day at ‘Story Land‘ (providing it is not pelting down with rain), as is the case with the Laconia Multicultural Day, is a good day by definition, though the caveat is a bit redundant since ‘they’ really do try hard to make one’s visit to Glen fulfilling and rewarding. Kids love it. “Story Land” and “Clark’s Trading Post” are my perennial favorite amusement spots in N.H. (albeit I preferring the latter by a tad because I love the bears, like the train and enjoyed the Segways the last time I was there, though I did not thoroughly trust them not to deposit me, unceremoniously, on my face). But, given a choice, with Devanee at a 12-night camp, Teischan, as we expected, plumped for ‘Story Land’. She has been a few times and remembers that she liked the overall experience. We did go to “Santa’s Village” in 2011 — but that was a hike. Really felt like you were driving to the North Pole. Story Land, 65 miles from home, is just right.
Talking of ‘just right’ today was a Goldilocks’ day: the weather was just right as were the crowds. Right smack bang in the middle.
We try to go to Story Land at least every other year but it is possible that we haven’t been as of 2010 — with the 2011 diversion to Santa’s Village.
A few new things in particular: Splash Battle, the re-done Loopylab & Imagination Theatre. But, the catchy French adage, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more things change, the more they stay the same) really applies in vengeance to Story Land — and that is NOT a bad thing; it is really part of its abiding magic. Deanna used to go to Story Land as a child with her Dad. Given the 17-year age span of my kids, I have been taking kids to Story Land since the 1990s. So we have mental images of Story Land and in reality it maintains a reassuring continuity despite the gallant efforts to reinvigorate. They try and for that they do deserve kudos.
The Pharaoh’s Reign ‘Splash Battle’ is essentially their ever popular Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride on steroids. Now you really do get soaked. But now they have Fully Body dryers. I want one for the house. If it accepted credit cards I would have used multiple times and being who I am invited others to join us in getting dry.
The revamped Loopylab is ball pit with semi-rigid foam balls — without the pit. It is a load of fun. I stood around catching balls coming my way. It was just like fielding practice — the only thing being that you couldn’t move too much because there were kids underfoot. I think they should bring the Sri Lanka cricket team over here to practice their catching with these balls. Might help.
The Hanneford Circus (which has nothing to do with the Hannaford Supermarkets, though I didn’t spot the difference in spelling) had three world-class acts — two done by the same, amazing, and I mean amazing young man — who may be from Argentina (as is the pope). I will do a separate post on the circus. It was beyond impressive.
If you haven’t been to Story Land of late give yourself a treat, get up there this year. You will have a ball and get soaked.