Letting My Kid Find His Own Fears at Remlinger Farms
You need to understand one thing before we begin. I hate roller coasters. I am terrified of them. I will not go on one. Ever.
It’s the lack of control and speed. Similar to when you are driving as a passenger in the car and aren’t comfortable with the driver’s skill level. I don’t know that person driving the coaster. What if he is an idiot and drops me on my head?
Thankfully Dek does not have this fear yet. I hope he never will. His poor dad would cry. Mike loves roller coasters and dreams of riding them with his sons one day sooner than I am ready to let him.
A few weeks ago Dek, Ty and I headed to Remlinger Farms in Carnation, WA. It’s such a misleading name for morning excursion. Yes, it is a farm and sells delicious produce. It also happens to have an amusement park for kids behind it, which they call the County Fair Family Fun Park.
Coaster, spinning barrels, flying pumpkins and a tiny Ferris wheel awaited us.
I really tried not to let my fears project onto Dek. If he wanted to give something a try I would let him. If necessary I would even suck it up and go on with him.
Fortunately I was visiting with two girlfriends and their kids. Nic and Jen were more than happy to go on rides with Dek while Ty and I watched.
When Nic’s son El started complaining that he wanted to ride the roller coaster I was in for a very happy surprise. It was closed! Considering my initial fear of roller coasters stems from a trip around the track when I was 5 years old, on a coaster about the same size, I was elated to not even have to deal with Dek wanting a go.
Tip: Don’t let your own fears stop your kids from trying something new
It wasn’t all motorized death traps; some of the rides were actually quite fun. Miniature Ford Model T cars moved along a railed track at the perfect cruising speed. Ty and I were able to hop into a car with Dek at the wheel, normally a terrifying prospect when he wants to drive my car. We had such a great time we had to take a spin around the track one more time.
One thing I really loved about Remlinger Farm is that there was something for all ages. Jen’s little guy Will, who isn’t even 2 yet, wasn’t left out. El, who is 5 and has legs long enough to pedal bigger bikes, was able to hit the pedal car course with his mom and zoom around the raceway. It was something special he could do while the smaller kids happily explored a fire truck and school bus.
We, the moms, were able to get in on the action in some spots, but on others, like the Ferris wheel and tiny canoes, we could give our kids a little independence to try something new. Plus it gave us a few minutes to catch up in between photographing the kids.
It was a great introduction to the joys (or in my case terrors) that an amusement park can hold. I let Dek decide what he was brave enough to try. I wasn’t coerced onto any monstrous rides I wasn’t ready to go on or let Dek check out.
Who knows, maybe once the coaster is back up and running I’ll let Dek give it a try… with his dad.
Know Before You Go
- Remlinger Farms, 32610 NE 32nd Street, Carnation, WA 98014 Tel: 425.333.4135
- Cost: $12.98 (includes tax) for all visitors ages 1 to 64. Children under 1 are free
- County Fair Family Fun Park is open May through September 23rd
- Hours: 10:30am-4:30pm most days
- October Fall Fair Festival is September 29, 30th and Weekends in October
- Food is available on sight. You are asked not to bring outside food into the park.
- Restrooms are available
- There is very little shade. Sun hats and sunscreen are a must
- Strollers? Very stroller friendly paths. If you want to go on a ride there is plenty of space to park your stroller before getting on. Just remember to take your valuables with you.
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written by Keryn Means