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.

Good friends make letting your child experience something you are afraid a little easier

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.

The straw maze and pit was one of the kids favorite stops in the park

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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Ty and I enjoy a very tame train ride

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  • Reply

    Thanks for hosting! Isn’t it hard to allow our kids to try their own thing? It doesn’t get any easier as they get older. 🙁 Glad you had some good friends along with you to make things easier.

    I’ll be back later to read the link-ups.

  • Lisa Wood

    Yeah I reckon rides are made for Dads/Sons bonding times 🙂

  • Jessica

    Oooohhhh….I love roller coasters. I’ll ride with Dek any time!

  • Reply

    Rollercoasters at big amusement parks don’t scare me, but little carnival rides, on the other hand, freak me out! 🙂

    Isn’t it such a crazy balancing act between letting kids explore and protecting them? I still haven’t figured it out, if that’s even possible. Good for you for letting Dek try things out! Your trip looks like fun, and Ty is getting SO BIG! Adorable.

  • Allison

    I feel the same way about my kids with the foods I dislike. I don’t care for seafood, but I hope my kids will try it and like it. I love roller coasters though and now that my kids are getting a little older, we are finally spending more time on rides we all of us enjoy.

  • Mara

    I’ve been ruminating about Mama Fear lately – I see a post on this topic coming soon. My boys have gotten old enough that they now mock my fear, which isn’t fun when we’re on top of a mountain and they are peering over the edge.

    I guess what I’m saying is try to enjoy the time when the things they want to try really aren’t so dangerous even if they seem a little scary to you!

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