I had never seen Hersheypark as busy as it was this past weekend in all of the years we’ve been season pass holders. We would’ve turned around and gone home, but our family drove up from DC to spend the weekend with us. With four kids between us, canceling our scheduled day in park was not a possibility.
So we went into the park despite throngs of people!
Being seasoned season pass holders means we know to walk to the back of the park and work our way forward on a busy day. Once we got there, Isabelle, Marc, and my cousin’s wife decided to ride Lightning Racer (a roller coaster). Therefore, my cousin and I took Ari and his daughters on some smaller rides. Like most three-year-olds, his youngest didn’t want to ride in the stroller.
“I’ll walk with Ari and the girls and you can push the stroller,” I suggested.
He agreed. However, I felt nervous because I have two hands and couldn’t hold all of their hands. (Side note: Occasionally, my children ask for another sibling. I insist I couldn’t manage since I don’t have enough hands. For anyone reading this who has three or more kids, my hat is off to you!)
I enlisted Ari’s help. “I’m going to hold onto your hand and Maya’s hand. I need you to hold Gabby’s hand. Do not let go of my hand and do not let go of her hand. We are not going to lose anyone in this park. Got it?”
“Got it,” Ari replied.
The four of us walked along like this for a while:
But then, we got to the middle of the park, which was busier. Music was playing and Gabby was jumping around to the beat of the music. She must’ve let go of Ari’s hand because I heard Ari declare, “Gabby, I need you to hold on, tight!”
I stopped. They rejoined hands. I exhaled. We kept walking.
The park was too crowded for my comfort. But, I am thankful Ari loves his cousin so much that he immediately pulled her back with us before she could take more than a couple of steps away.