This summer my kids experienced Kennywood amusement park for the first time. This was thanks to friends we were able to acquire 1/2 price tickets which allowed us to affordably take our family of eight to this Pittsburgh icon.
It turns out that it was a deal that kept on giving because, following a fun, full day at Kennywood,the skies opened up, driving out visitors a few hours before the scheduled closing time…
Which resulted in eight raincheck tickets to return another day for FREE!
Woo hoo…what a deal!
The tickets were for the regular 2018 season so they had to be used before mid-September. The start of school and corresponding activities, along with two time-consuming football schedules, limited our possibilities of when we could use those raincheck tickets. We soon discovered that this past Saturday was really our only option.
We woke up to rain and were sure that our plans for the day would be canceled because of weather, but after monitoring the website all morning it seemed they were going to open the gates and we would be able to use our free tickets.
When we arrived we were informed that the park would be closing at 4:00 that day due to impending storms. The wash of disappointment that hit us was soon placated by the unexpected blessing of eight more raincheck tickets. These raincheck tickets are for the 2019 season, which will allow us to return a third time for FREE. What a blessing!
So in we went with another set of admission tickets in hand and smiles on our faces, ready to enjoy the four hours we had ahead of us before closing.
The very rain which was causing the early closure also drove away visitors, making it so we could walk onto every ride at the park. Despite the shorter amount of time we had to ride, we actually fit in a lot more rides that day thanks to the skeletal crowd.
The rain broke midday, making the majority of our time at Kennywood dry.
It wasn’t until the last 30 minutes that the sky actually opened up and we were driven indoors.
The kids all enjoyed revisiting the rides and coasters they loved during our first visit,
And while the other 5 kids were off enjoying coasters with Dad,
I took Ozzie over to the newly opened Thomastown, where he was able to step inside his favorite childhood show.
Ozzie is obsessed with Thomas the Train, and despite the fact he is now 14-years-old, his autism (and the boundless joy and enthusiasm that accompanies it) is evident when he is exposed to the things he is most enamored with. We stepped into Thomastown and he became a 6-year-old little boy again, meeting his favorite childhood friends in person.
He was over-the-moon excited with the attention to detail found in this newest area of Kennywood Park.
It was a delight spending that hour with just Ozzie as we experienced the world of Thomas the Train…
With themed rides, interactive characters, and talking trains…
He was in heaven!
After an hour in Thomastown, Ozzie and I met up with the rest of the family to re-ride our favorite rides before the park closed.
It was a fun day and we look forward to returning in 2019!