Sunday, December 4, 2011

Kennywood Holiday Lights

What a fun night!

I don't know if we've just never known about it, or if this was the first year that they've done it, but tonight we went to Kennywood for their Holiday Lights Display for the first time.  It will definitely not be the last time though.

First, it was the perfect night to go.  Who would have thought - sweat shirt weather on a December night in Pittsburgh?!  Second, you know the night is going to be great when the first thing you run into upon entering the park with your hockey-loving son is Iceburgh, the Pittsburgh Penguins' mascot! 

Daniel and Markos with Iceburgh
Iceburgh biting Daniel's head
There were lights everywhere and it was very beautiful!  Rides, buildings, trees - everything was covered with lights.  The lights and light displays around the lagoon area were set to music.


Two teen girls - prettier than the lights
The Reason for the Season




They had special activities around the park.  The kids all decorated a cookie - which Daniel and Markos happily gave to Eric and I since Daniel can't eat them and Markos doesn't like sickening sweet things (yet). While we finished eating our cookies, we walked around the big train board display.  Lots of cute Pittsburgh details -- Heinz train cars, Steelers trains, etc.

Decorating cookies

The First-Ever Christmas Cookie by Markos

Mackenzie's Masterpiece




There were "characters" all around the park.  When we left the building where the kids were decorating cookies, Mrs. Claus was sitting on a bench outside.  Markos immediately ran up to her and said, 'I've been good!"  (I choked back the cough/laughter/sarcasm!)  She reminded him that it was still 3 weeks until Christmas so he had to continue to be good and I chimed in with a hearty, "yeah! did you hear that?!"  :-D

Markos telling Mrs. Claus that he "was good"
Daniel & Markos with the Gingerbread Man

There were some rides open throughout the park.  I kinda forced Markos to ride the Kangaroo.  (In my defense, I did so because he rode it when we went this summer and loved it and insisted that we ride it again.  Tonight, he was all freaked out and kept asking if it was scary for some reason.  I knew he'd love it if he just got on it.  Plus we were all riding, so he had to ride or one of us would have had to sit out.  Glad I did, too, because when we were leaving and I asked him what his favorite part of the night was, he said, "the Kangaroo"!!)  We also rode the Carousel - another favorite of Markos'.  Almost every ride in Kiddie land was open, so I had the unfortunate privilege of taking the boys around to ride everything while Eric took Kenz and her friend off to get food.

Markos on the carousel
The entrance to Kiddie Land

Markos riding the helicopters

Sweet Danny boy still likes to ride some of the kiddie rides

Markos, the developing prankster, says, "Hey Mom!  Look, I'm Santa!"


Markos finally decides to brave the "Pounce Bounce" and after being strapped in twice, they got all the kids off and said it was broken.  Nice.

Getting ready to ride the train (aka The Gingerbread Express) - Markos refusing to cooperate with the girls pleas to "smile Markos".
But he did smile a lot throughout the night.  We all did, actually.  A fun night out getting ready for the holidays.  Definitely going to be a new family tradition...for the next few years anyway...until the kids are older and refuse to go with us!

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