Thursday, June 24, 2010

Silver Dollar City

Dash and Tornado

I mentioned in an earlier post that we visited my 2 hometowns last weekend. 17/18 of my immediate family were together at my brother's house. (We were only missing Tracy and miss her we did!) I got to visit with my Grandpa and his wife, my aunt, uncle, and cousin. I also got to hang out with 4 of my best friends. Great weekend! We (all 17 of us...that sounds like so many, but really it doesn't feel like that many) also spent Sunday at Silver Dollar City in Branson. (I think Dad was happy to spend Father's Day with his 9 grandkids.)

my dad sharing salted, roasted peanuts with my niece Clara and Tornado

I've been to Silver Dollar City probably 100 times in my life, and I like it for many reasons. Immediately you walk in and hear the familiar fiddles and the banjos. My dad is known to say, "I feel it coming on," as he starts doing a little jig dance. My dad also once entered a pie-eating contest right on the town square.

my brother Matt, walking across the swinging bridge with the kids

Matt with his 4 kids plus Dash in the front there

It is a learning experience. You are transported back in time to the pioneer days. All of the employees are dressed in period wear, from the pioneer store clerks to the prisoners on the Flooded Mine ride to the saloon girls at the show to the hillbillies wandering around. You can visit an old church, an old mill, etc. and sample apple butter. You can watch bread being baked, candles being dipped, glass being blown, wood being carved, and furniture being made, etc. You can learn from blacksmiths, coppersmiths, and bladesmiths. Lots to see and learn! You can apparently now even take cooking and craft classes.
While Grace and Owen were being silly in the jail, I couldn't get Dash to look. He was transfixed on the (dummy) prisoner lying on the bed behind him. I think it scared him!
Grandfather's Mansion is always a favorite with the kids. It is a bizarre home filled with rooms that might have everything upside down on the ceiling or floors that are completely slanted and hard to walk on, as demonstrated by my brother here.
inside Grandfather's Mansion

It wasn't like this at all when I was little, but now they have many rides for little kids. (Very pioneerish, huh?) They look like they're having fun, right?
Not so much for my sister Cary. You might have to blow this picture up to truly appreciate her facial expression. At first we couldn't tell whether she was laughing or crying. But she was actually doing both. She was SO sick (which is why I don't ride any ride that goes up and down or in circles). That's what she gets for trying to sneak Winnie in past the height regulations.
another ride, 3 of the girls

enjoying a round of old-fashioned checkers outside the icecream shop

My parents very generously helped us buy season passes so we'll be back! (SDC is not cheap.) We want to take the kids in Marvel Cave next time. Summer isn't my favorite time to go because it's so hot. (I really love it at Christmastime if you can make it before it's so cold.) There are plenty of water activities (and frozen lemon-aid) to help the kids cool off, though.

I'm linking up with Tonya and others at Live the Adventure. I enjoy reading about this family's adventures living full-time in an RV. I SO want an RV. Last week I linked up with the trip we took to the Space Museum in Huntsville and Helen Keller's home in Tuscumbia. Feel free to link up, too, if you have a field trip you want to share.
P.S. Pardon me as I play around with my template and different colors. Is the white on black hard to read? Let me know!


Tim @ Families Again said...

Silver Dollar City reminds me a lot of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. In fact, I think Dollywood was a Silver Dollar City before Dolly bought it out. We were just there a few weeks ago. The kids love it. If we ever make it to Branson, maybe we'll go to Silver Dollar City to actually compare the two. Thanks for sharing on Field Trip Friday.

Ticia said...

In all my trips to Colorado I've never been to Silver Dollar City.

Pebblekeeper said...

We LOVE Silver Dollar City. I lived in OKC for 5 years in high school and we went to Branson several times a year. That was 20 um something years ago . . . . so not quite the same town. :) Does SDC still have a log ride? Glass Blowers? They were my favorites. :) Thanks for a great field trip!!!

Jenny said...

Ticia, it's in Missouri! :) Never been to Dollywood! Yes, glass blowers. I have this vague memory of a log ride that you might be thinking of...there is the Flooded Mine (now Great Shoot-out), the Plunge, the Fire in the Hole, the Lost River, and all of these new roller coasters. I sort of feel like there was this whole lake-ish area that isn't there anymore.

Lexi said...

that looks like a place right up our alley!!!

And your dad sounds just like mine...I can totally see my dad doing a jog when he hears banjos. LOL

The Mom I Want To Be said...

That looks like fun! I love the bridge picture. Thanks for introducing me to field trip Friday, and thanks for stopping by my blog last week!

Diane said...

I am pretty sure as a kid I went to a Silver Dollar City located in Florida. Had a great time and won a big stuffed bear. If it wasn't Silver Dollar City it was something very similar.

Mom2three said...

Boy this brings back memories! We live just 2 or so hours from there and our kids love it. The pictures are great, but the Grandfather's Mansion was a bast for my family! What a hoot! I'm with your sister Cary - I can't stand those puke-and-whirl rides! Glad ya'll had fun!

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

I'm a bit late at stopping by this week, but I loved your field trip! It looked like so much fun. We've talked about visiting Branson on several ocassions- maybe we'll finally get there!:) Thanks for linking up to Field Trip Friday. I look forward to reading about more of your adventures. Blessings!:)

Lori @ The Davidson Den said...

I haven't been there since I was a kid. Don't know why we NEVER go to Branson. Krista's always telling me we need to go to SDC. Paul and I have only recently started thinking we really SHOULD! Maybe life was just too overwhelming until now. Ha ha!! (Yeah.)