The weather was great, perfect for "shadow tag" -- BB has recently discovered her own shadow and ours as well, and she and BJ have lots of fun trying to "catch" their shadows.
The smaller crowd meant it was easier to walk around with the kids and navigate with the stroller. Still lots of lovely things to look at, of course.
This year, for the first time, the kids were old enough to take advantage of the "creativity zone," where they have free arts activities.
The activites were a welcome distraction from the highway robbery of the kiddie rides section -- 3 tickets a "ride," 95 cents a ticket. We let the kids choose two rides, and they chose the two bounce houses. Four minutes was the grand total for a "ride," counted out on a timer by the ride attendant. I really tried hard not to do the math and calculate cost down to the second.... suddenly the expense of the amusements at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk looked like a bargain indeed!
I have to say, though, it was quite impressive to see the kids literally jump right into it, BB especially. I was a little nervous about letting her go into the second bounce house, which had a climb up to a slide towards the back. I figured she'd either get stuck or get pushed aside by the other kids. Nothing doing -- she managed to get herself up there not once but twice in the four allotted minutes. You go, girl!
Our only purchases, aside from the kids rides, were hats for the kids and me from Sun Day Afternoons and a firetruck puzzle from The Puzzle Man. We now own five of his puzzles! BJ clearly remembered him; when we said we were going to the fair, his first response was to tell us that he was going to play with the United States puzzle again -- he'd spent a good amount of time doing so last year, and this time around he was able to identify most of the states. "Is he reading, or does he know geography?" asked the incredulous Puzzle Man himself.
"Um, both," I answered, laughing.
"HOW old is this kid?!?"
"Three and some change."
And BJ went on to tell us which state was Tennessee, and to inform us that the number ten lived there. Gotta love this kid.