That’s what Thomas said Sunday at an amusement park, as he sat sipping on his GIANT blue slushy.
Sunday morning, we rode the #2 bus and then the #7 tram over to Gröna Lund, an amusement park prominently located on Djurgården. You can’t miss the roller coaster tracks reaching far up into the sky when you’re anywhere near that section of town, so the kids have been itching to go there ever since we arrived in Stockholm in March. (Truth be told, the adults were anxious to go there as well.)
The park opened at noon and we were there by one o’clock (a.k.a. 13.00). It was FANTASTIC. There were plenty of rides with no height requirements (kiddie rides) and a few for those who are 100+ cm tall (all three kids) and 110+ cm tall (Thomas). We managed to ride all but two of them, and we rode a couple of them more than once.
The first ride we came upon was the spinning tea cups. David knows better than to do that one–he’s had trouble on teacups before. We also figured that Lucy, with her car sickness issues, might not do well spinning around and around. She was happy to just watch, especially since it was the first ride.
Then we moved on to the elephant ride. David, Lucy, and Isaac rode that, while Thomas chose the junior version of the free fall ride and I served as the photographer.
Now here’s courageous Thomas, riding the free fall ride all by himself. He was quite brave about everything, even claiming that he could probably handle the Spökhuset (Haunted House) with its recommended minimum age of 10 years old. We didn’t manage to get into the back corner of the park where the Spökhuset was located, so it was never an issue.
Next it was off to the ladybug-themed kiddie roller coaster while I headed back to the park entrance to purchase more ride tickets. Since we had sailed through a 20 ticket booklet in less than an hour, I ended up purchasing a couple of unlimited wrist bands along with another book of tickets. Some of the kiddie rides were one ticket and some were two. The more spectacular adult rides required three tickets for entry (we didn’t ride any of those).
The boys loved the ladybug coaster, but Lucy was absolutely terrified and cried during all three short laps around the track. After she got off, she pointed up at each twist in the track and furiously yelled, “THAT curve made me sick and THAT curve made me sick.”
Next the kids checked out a play space called Pettson o Findus Värld, “Festus and Mercury’s amazing house of fun, games and buttons to press.” Bascially it was the recreation of an old house with all sorts of cool things inside, and it was all hands-on. Some things made noise and there was always something unexpected. In fact, we thought Pettson o Findus Värld was far more interesting than the historical play space in the Nordiska museum!
At that point, we looked at the map and realized that we hadn’t even crossed over into the main, bigger section of the park. Since it was also time for a snack, we headed over to the other side to see what we could find. The kids had spotted folks with cotton candy, so we stood in line for that. Every time we buy that stuff in the U.S., it comes pre-bagged and there’s no telling how old it is. Not at Gröna Lund. They spin it fresh as soon as you order it. I’m not sure I’ve had freshly spun cotton candy since I was a child and let me tell you, it’s a whole different beast. It’s good for 3-4 adult bites, whereas I usually can’t bring myself to sample any of the bagged stuff. Even David had some and he dislikes most sweets. It was a real treat, to have such fresh and light cotton candy. It’s still sticky stuff, though, and we had a tough time getting everyone cleaned up afterwards.
Our picture taking slowed down, as we took on more rides and went into the funhouse several times in a row. Lustiga Huset (the funhouse) is listed as “one of Sweden’s top tourist attractions of all times,” and apparently it hasn’t changed much in several decades. Lustiga Huset is a quintessential funhouse, with various unstable surfaces on which you must walk, mirrors, slanted floors, flashing lights in dark rooms, etc. And perhaps the best part of all is the exit–you ride down a hilly slide on a magic carpet. Lucy didn’t care for that part, as it made her stomach feel funny. The boys, however, went into Lustiga Huset over and over again. That particular attraction takes your photo automatically on the magic carpet slide and encourages you to purchase various items with your own photo on it. We ended up with a t-shirt for Thomas and two hilarious mouse pads. Poor Lucy and Isaac looked frightened out of their minds on those mousepads.
They liked the truck ride, though. Only children were allowed to ride that one–no adults. So I snapped some photos while Lucy and Isaac rode around the track a couple of times and Thomas tried another one of those free fall rides nearby.
We rode several other rides, too, and we (the kids) played some of the pricey carnival games, like the Swedish version of whack-a-mole. Mostly the kids were given little token prizes for playing the games, but Thomas did manage to win a blue stuffed dog by throwing a ball on the correct space. When we conveniently “ran out of money and tickets,” we met up with Anny outside the park and headed across the street for a fast pizza dinner.
By that point (around 6 pm), Lucy and Isaac were TIRED. They didn’t make it through the meal–they didn’t even make it long enough to drink the juice they’d ordered.
We managed to find a minivan taxi to take us back to our apartment. Lucy and Isaac don’t remember the taxi ride at all–they stayed asleep and, although they woke up a little as we put them into their pjs, they slept straight through until the morning. Exhausted!