We did things this weekend WITH the pack instead of against it.
Review: Superstore at mid-day on Thanksgiving weekend
Pros: All staple groceries were in their usual place, amply stocked.
Cons: Parking lot full of people driving like they are in a car-driving video game. Everyone trying to park as close to the door as possible. Store full of same people now driving carts full of turkeys and potatoes, dragging screaming kids behind them. Carts abandoned in middle of aisles while owners wander off looking for cranberry sauce.
Additional comments: Was kind of like cutting out a piece of my soul and feeding it to someone I hate.
Review: Playing with Saint Aardvark’s new phone
Pros: Shiny display. Nice camera. Functions well as a phone. Kept us entertained in the car for fifteen minutes while we waited to go pick up the kids from a birthday party (see next review)
Cons: An array of ringtones that all sound like they were taken from an episode of Survivor. “Rain stick banging on the empty coconut shell.” “By the ocean, in the rain.” “Good morning tropical birds.” (not real titles)
Review: Crash Crawlys Indoor Adventure Playcentre Extravaganza
Pros (for children): There are no rules except you have to wear socks. It is fine to scream as much as you want. Scream until your voice disappears. Please do. Children go here to enact their deepest primal desires (except for pooping outside) and the sound(s) and smell(s) of Crash Crawlys reflect(s) this.
Pros (for adults): Children do not require your attention for the length of stay, until they get hungry.
Cons (for adults): It is fine to scream as much as you want. Scream until your voice disappears. Please do. Children go here to enact their deepest primal desires (except for pooping outside) and the sound(s) and smell(s) of Crash Crawlys reflect(s) this.
Cons (for children): At some point, you will have to leave.
A. There is also a ball cannon, which is at the top of a climbing structure. It is a large funnel into which children can load small plastic balls and then, by pressing a button, or pulling a lever, exert pressure so that the great hissing noise of anticipated ball blast becomes the horrible, loud explosion of the ball blasting itself, a POP! that startles all the parents and minders in the building. One gets used to a certain level of shriekery, you see, but the random “hisssssss POP!” will get you every time because even if you think you are expecting it, you are not.
B. After forty five minutes in Crash Crawlys, the noise starts to seem normal, which is unfortunate, as it is not normal at all.
Review: The Applebarn (a u-pick apple farm AND ATTRACTION in Abbotsford)
Pros: 40 minutes from our house. U-pick apples. The smell of country. Fresh air. Pumpkin patch is free to roam; pumpkins are fairly priced. Small store sells lots and lots of apple cider, which is delicious.
Cons: Everyone East of a certain unknown line in the lower mainland also went there because it was a holiday and sunny and the heart of Autumn Motif Season. Narrow country roads crowded with SUVS looking for parking. Lineup to enter ATTRACTION. Fees to use ATTRACTION attractions (zip line, pumpkin cannon, pony rides, bouncy cushion, bouncy castle, hayrides) U-Pick apples actually at a different location just down the road from ATTRACTION.
Additional Comments: Pumpkin cannon sounds just like ball cannon at Crash Crawlys. Recommend against going to both Applebarn and Crash Crawlys in the same weekend.
We don’t have Crash Crawlys here (is it local? national?), but I think the name is the best possible name, ever, for one of those places. Here we have Chuck. E. Cheese (is Crash cribbing the c-c alliteration? Or the other way around?), but that doesn’t make sense. You crash, you crawl, Crash Crawlys.
Sorry, I just love that name every time you write it. I doubt I would feel the same if I had ever been in one, though.
I think Crash Crawlys borrowed from Chuck E. Cheese, which is an institution and its own form of hell. CC doesn’t have the arcade/baby Vegas aspect going on, though. The crawlys part makes me think of creepy crawly germs and reminds me of the first time we went there, when the kids were 4 and 2, and the next day got some horrible virus that took us all out for two or three weeks. It was a LONG time before I could go back.