There are many things that suck about being a grown up. None more than, well, growing up. Sometimes we just need to drop the serious attitude and leave responsibility behind. On our North American holidays of yesteryear you’ll find theme parks, cartoons and way-cool toys guaranteed to get you giggling. Mom called to say you can stay for the slumber party – now it’s time to pick the venue and take a trip down memory lane…
Who needs board meetings when you can have G-force roller coaster fun? Check out the eight theme parks under one roof at the West Edmonton Mall in Canada. From splashing in a slide to spacing out in Galaxyland, you’ll feel giddy with exhaustion trying to fit it all in. The World Waterpark is 5 acres of indoor water fun, with over 20 activities, waterslides and hot tubs. Get up up and away on the Mindbender roller coaster where extreme gravity moulds you into your seat on the triple bender. After kidding around all day, enjoy the benefits of being an adult with evening wine and cheese tastings at the Metterra Hotel on Whyte and watch any DVD you like!
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! It will be stuck in your head for days after reliving Saturday morning cartoons on a Disney Character Breakfast at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Impress the cool kids with a stretch limousine ride from your hotel and fill up on a cooked breakfast and inventive design-your-own omelette station. While you’re eating, watch as Disney characters visit the tables to give autographs, until it’s your turn to get a snap with Snow White. The adventure continues at the Hard Rock Hotel, where you can relive the nervous excitement of those teenage dates under the stars at the weekly poolside dive-in movie.
If you ever fancied yourself as a pilot, you’ll be in seventh heaven on a visit to the Boeing factory in Seattle. Your guide will escort you around the world’s largest-by-volume building where Boeing’s aircraft, such as the new Dreamliner, are manufactured and tested. Seeing all that industrious activity may inspire you to do a little of your own. At the Watertown Hotel you can choose from a range of activity carts, such as the Art Cart, which contains paints, brushes, Parisian beret and Art techniques book, or the Grumpy Cart to get your mood into a happy spirit by pummelling the Bozo clown punching bag.
Live like Tom Hanks in Big with a visit to the world-famous New York toy store FAO Schwarz. For over 100 years, this kids’ nirvana has had an entrancing effect on passers by who daydream of days spent playing in the backyard with toys. They even have a Muppet Whatnot Workshop where you can design your own Muppet from a series of bodies, hairstyles, eyes, noses, and costumes. Back at the Loews Regency Hotel you can tinker with toys for big kids such as the mini tvs in the bathroom and a ‘did you forget’ lending closet which has formal wear, cameras and accessories.