A Day of Fun and FIRSTS at Valleyfair!

A trip to Valleyfair is fun ANY day, but a day filled with “firsts” can be even more fun. Our trip to Valleyfair was a big deal because it was the FIRST time that Little R is finally tall enough to ride on all the rides! He loves the thrill rides and has always been disappointed when there were some that he wasn’t quite big enough to ride.

With his new height eliminating barriers, we rode lots of coasters at Valleyfair! Right in a row we rode the Corkscrew, Renegade, Excalibur and Wild Thing. As another first, he rode the Corkscrew all by himself! That sure made him feel like a “big kid”.

Another first is that we got to Valleyfair early enough to have breakfast. Little R chose Auntie Anne’s pretzels for breakfast!

While we have visited Soak City at Valleyfair plenty of times, this was the first time Little R went on Breakers Plunge, which are the tallest side-by-side speed slides in the US (90’)! We have been on Breakers Pipeline before, but never the plunge. I chickened out this time. I’m glad he’s now feeling confident enough to go on his own.



The first trip down Breaker’s Plunge caused another first. As soon as he was finished he announced, “I got my first wedgie!”

Discount Valleyfair Tickets

Another first – I got my Mom to ride a ride with me (other than the Ferris Wheel)! It was the Wheel of Fortune.

One thing Mom has always loved at Valleyfair (ever since I was a little kid) is the shows. In the past Little R has usually been  too impatient to watch, but he was amazed by the guys from Kick the Sky and wanted to watch their whole show:


We also caught a bit of the Peanuts Gang performing:



We usually don’t play the games at Valleyfair, but we gave in after a lot of begging and guess what?!? He won the largest prize! (And that was after we tried to convince him that the big prizes are super hard to win.)

We’re ready to head back to Valleyfair for another day of fun and see what other “firsts” we can come up with!!

About Chrysa

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  1. That sounds like it was so much fun! Nothing beats rides and fair food. NOTHING is better than fair food!

  2. I have not been to ValleyFair in years! It brings me back to my childhood! They have totally updated the whole park and I would love to explore it again!

  3. Oh how fun! There’s nothing like an awesome water park in the summertime. We recently took our grandkids to a water park in Southern California. They had as fun fun as it looks like your little had!

  4. Looks like a lot of fun! And a great place to make those family memories!

  5. These were some awesome first experiences! The live performances looked impressive and Breaker’s Plunge must have been a really fun “first!”

  6. Love the day of Firsts. We have some things in common. I love roller coasters and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Awesome day.

  7. What a fun trip! It’s always the way that it goes isn’t it, you give in just one time, and they win something enormous, like the time I was chaperoning a preschool trip and a child won a 6′ long Shamu plush that I then got stuck carrying around the rest of the day. We finally rented a stroller to put it in, so I could push it instead. Then you have to convince every other child that it was a fluke, and they look at you like you are lying to them.

  8. Now THAT sounds like one exciting day. Auntie Anne’s AND it’s the first time he’s big enough to ride?? Too much awesome to handle!

  9. We have a Tennessee Valley Fair every fall. The kids just love to go. The rides are always so much fun!

  10. So fun! I love going to the fair. The food is always so good and the kids have a blast.

  11. That sounds like so much fun! My ids always enjoy going to our local fair!

  12. What a really fun day!! Kids will surely enjoy here!

  13. What a fun day! This place looks great!

  14. What a super fun day for your family! A day I think it is safe to say you will remember for always1

  15. shelly peterson says:

    Looks like a great time was had! What a fun family place to visit.

  16. Julie Wood says:

    I would love to go to Valleyfair. We have something like this in our town and it is so fun to take the kids.

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