One of my friends and I thought it would be fun to take our boys on a short trip over spring break.  Her son is a few years older than HJ, but since we live next door, they are pretty close.

We decided to head to Minneapolis, which is about a 3 hour drive.  We made reservations for the Radisson, which included the Water Park of America.  We also decided to not tell the boys about it.

When we got into the car, they knew we were doing “something” special.  HJ guessed we were going out for ice cream, while C determined it must be a hotel.  About halfway into the trip, we showed the boys pictures of the waterpark, and told them we were on our way.

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We were unable to check in when we got there, but we were able to head to the waterpark.  The boys instantly hit the wave pool, and C even tried surfing.  HJ determined surfing was too scary, as were big water slides.

In a fantastic parenting move, I insisted HJ go on the family raft ride, which was a rather large slide.  He didn’t want to go, but I figured he would love it once he gave it a shot.

Guess what?  He hated it.  It ended in tears, stomping, and shouting of “I CAN’T BELIVE YOU MADE ME DO THAT!”.  Luckily, we let him pick the next activity and all was well.  Can you guess what picture is from the water slide fiasco?


The boys slept well that night, while the moms tried to get sleep between the sound of some type of fan thing turning on and off all night.

The next day, we went to the Sea Life Aquarium in the Mall of America before heading home.  The boys loved walking through the tunnels and seeing all the fish.  Especially the sharks.  We even got to touch sting rays!  While the boys had fun, the moms were a bit surprised at the cost vs. how much there was to do.  We were out the door in less than 45 minutes!

The drive home was much quieter, HJ was definitely worn out from his Spring Break surprise!



One Thought on “Spring Break Surprise

  1. so much fun! what a sweet surprise! I love that you took them & didn’t tell them where you were going until you were halfway there. I should take myself on a surprise spring break trip ..

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