So I was going to do a write-up but really: who wants to read my blabbering for several paragraphs. Instead, I’ll keep it short and sweet. Because I’m tired and am about halfway through Catching Fire, which means I can hardly stand to not be reading it right now.
Last weekend we decided to hit up Gage Park. I have heard good things about it and we never ever go to Topeka, as close as it is, so we thought it would be the perfect day trip.
Gage Park is pretty much the jewel of the city – it is huge, like HUGE. It has been around since 1899 and houses the zoo, the aquatic center, a carousal, outdoor theater, several gorgeous gardens, and: a mini-train that runs the length of the park.
We skipped the aquatic center this trip, and went straight to the zoo. It’s a small zoo, that’s true, but that means you can finish the entire thing in about 90 minutes – which is perfect for the toddler set. I think we’ll be hitting this sucker up more than the KC Zoo in the future, it’s cheaper and closer to us and so much shadier (I am beginning to realize that KC really screwed up when they planned their zoo landscaping).
Next we were going to ride the train. Pete could not contain himself any longer. Except:
Yeah. So: no train. We distracted him by running him over to Animal Land. Julie: I think this place is calling your name. A park full of huge animals? Huge CEMENT animals? That could possibly cause major head injuries and/or bone-breakage? And look like they’re from circa 1957? Oh, heck yeah, it’s ON. We climbed all over them. And by that: I mean Scott climbed all over them and Pete squawked to be pulled up but then always chickened out once he was pulled up so whatever, it didn’t really count.
We did find a toy train in another part of the play area, which made Pete’s day.
Also: rockets. Awesome.
We closed out this trip by riding the vintage 1908 carousal. Theirs is enclosed in a structure rather than completely open air, and still has this fab old organ that plays the music (Wurlitzer-style?). Anyway. Coolest thing ever. And a steal at a buck a ride.
We posed as Wizard of Oz characters before heading out to find some lunch. We maybe hit up half of the park, maybe. And didn’t get our train ride (which is on our summer bucket list), so a return visit is inevitable. We shall meet again soon, Gage Park.