I tend to get a little stressed when I have my kids in a huge public place...mainly because my boys are not the slightest bit shy...or concerned if they have no idea where I am. Either way, the kids were thrilled to be out and about with friends.
Zac had his "buddies" Fin and Kivi, (ages 7 and 9?) that he followed around happily. When he couldn't find them he would join another family at their table and have a chat with whom ever would listen (Usually another Mom looking around to see who this kid belongs to?) I'm used to that look every time we play in public. Thomas hung out in strollers and wandered around close by. Elise was more than happy to have her friends Aili and Sofia with her and the three stuck together most of the day.
We decided to take the train back to the entrance. We've never done this before and thought it be a nice little treat for the kids. There was a day camp group waiting when we got to the station, so we knew it would be tight if we could all fit. After a little convincing the worker said the last half of us could squeeze in and to go ahead and get on the train. Well, the guy on the other side wouldn't open the gates for us and next thing we knew the train took off with our friends and left us (and the other worker) behind! They apologized and gave us free tickets.
It was the end of the day, Thomas had broken his glasses and we were a little grumpy and tired. BUT once we finally got on the train...
It was all squeals and giggles! What a fun way to end the day!