We try our best to take in the local festivals. I alway get super excited and look forward to them before we go but then I remember I absolutely hate crowds. Our morning did not start off great and it didn’t really turn around until we were just about to leave.
This year we decided to head to the Surrey celebrations at the Bill Ried Millennium Amphitheatre. The only thing we would usually do would be to watch the parade in Abbotsford and then last year we ended the day with the fireworks. We have had a quite a bit of late nights so we decided to do daytime festivities rather than night time ones.
There was an abundance to see and to do for all ages there. They did a really outstanding job at putting it all together. We didn’t arrive as early as we wanted and some line-ups were pretty large for the most popular rides/games but we decided to let our kiddos only pick 1 ride. I don’t have any abdominals supporting my back so standing in lines is not my favourite.
The girls decided they wanted to do the trampoline ride. You know the one they hook you up and you can jump super high. It was so funny watching each of the girls and how this ride brought out their personality. Abigail has alway been a more cautious girl. She will try it but with caution. Elizabeth on the other hand just went for it. She was in absolute, pure joy.
David was too small for the ride so there were enough tickets left over for them all to do one other ride altogether.
David was a huge grump for 98% of the day. He gets really overwhelmed in small crowds and we try our best to make sure he feels safe but sometimes it’s not good enough for him, and that’s okay. If I was three and surrounded by loud noises and huge adults all around me, I think I would feel pretty intimated as well.
It was nearing lunch so we decided just to sit down and have a few snacks and listen to the bands that were playing at the time. That helped David a lot. We had our own little space and he loves music, oh and snacks of course.
Although The City of Surrey did a fantastic job at putting this event together I think next year we may start a tradition of our own with close family/friends. A BBQ, swimming in the pool, maybe a few planned games for both adults and children, sparklers, s’mores. I can see it now!