Start Your Engines.........

July 19, 2009

It has been a whirlwind of a week around here.....lots of cousin fun!! Eddie and Nick had a great time together and of course Sarah was trying to keep up with them every step of the way. As I said last week, both Pat and I were juggling our jobs and some fun activities for the kids. We got in a game or two of mini golf, some trips to the park, and out for ice cream a couple of nights, but Thursday I took the day off from work because we had planned on taking them to Hershey Park.

Most kids would be thrilled at the thought to go to such a place, but Nick was far from thrilled.......he is not a thrill seeker and actually gets quite intimidated by rollercoasters and very large rides. He was visibly upset at the thought of going, so we had to come up with another idea.

Last weekend, I saw that another bloggy friend took her kids to a place called RIDEMAKERZ. I showed the boys the website and they were jumping up and down with joy saying "Let's Go There"

After investigating, the closest store was in Baltimore, and I figured it was worth the 2.5 hour drive if it was somthing that they both really wanted to do.......so that is what we did.

Car Selectionblog
Upon walking in the door, we viewed this wall of many car choices!! The concept behind this store is along the lines of build a be@r, but you are building race cars instead.

The kids eyes lit up as if it was Christmas morning when we walked through the doors. The options were endless.....

Once you pick the car body, you choose if you want to make it a remote control car or just a regular model and then if you want to make it a monster version. They all chose to do remote control, but no one did monster. After that it was time to pick the wheels and the rims and the horn type.....yes they had 5 options of different horns!!! After all the big choices were made, they moved to the workstations for the real fun to begin!!!!

Putting it togetherblog
They were shown how to assemble the wheels and the rims using the power tools hanging from the ceiling. They even were timed like they were a pit crew......you can tell they were into it......

The little girl between Nick and Eddie is my friends daughter. She went mini golfing with us the night before and when she found out where we were going, she wanted to come along!! She is such a cute little girl......she is a total tomboy and loved hanging with Nick and Eddie. You should see her throw a football......it blows me away:)

ALmost Finishedblog
After the wheels were all on, it was time to pick some more accessories to bling it out. This part of the process was the most overwhelming......there were TONS of options and different little things to add to the cars. All at an additional price...of course:)

Decisionsblog
After the cars were completed, it was time for license and registration. They moved the kids to their own computer station where they named their cars and filled out all the "owner" information. Once complete, it was printed out and the license was put on the car and the title and registration went in the box with the remote and a screwdriver in the shape of a key!!

Ready to Rideblog
Do those look like happy faces or what?? They could not wait to get home and test drive them!! The car ride home seemed like an eternity....they asked "how much longer" about 10 times. The minute I pulled up to the house, they jumped out, ran in the garage, took their cars out of their boxes and started their engines!!

It was really worth it.......about 20 minutes later, they had drawn a town out of chalk on the driveway and were driving their cars all around "town". They even made a ramp with some leftover wood we had stored in the basement. They played outside all night. They couldn't wait for it to get dark because the cars even come with working headlights, so they can see where they are going!!

Check out the website for a location near you.....they even do birthday parties!!

35 comments:

Sharie said...

Oh my goodness. That looks like a blast. I'm thinking most dad's would want to make a car right along side of their kids:)

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

OMW.. I need to check that out.. my older boys would LOVE that.. how fun...Love the photos..
Have a great week girly..
HUGS...

Marla said...

Totally cool looking place! Jaden is standing here and screamed "They have a PINK one!" when she saw the pics. LOL.

I hope we get one of those soon, I think we'd all enjoy it.

Happy Sunday, my friend!

Jboo said...

Wow! What a fun place! So nice to have that option instead of the build-a*bear. Cool photos! And Eddie was looking at your website -- how'd you do that? :) Hope you have a fun week!

Janet

Jo said...

What a fun time! I think my little boy ~ ha ~ would love to go and build his own car.

You certainly got a few extra credit points for being mom the year! : )

Jo

Chinamama said...

That place was like American Doll Place for girls but this was totally for boys...and men! I love it!!!

You need to try Hershey park at Halloween time. There is free candy everywhere and the kids are in cute outfits!!!

Jennifer said...

What fun!!! Cool place. I bet they had a blast!

Jen

Aspiemom said...

I never heard of a place like that. What people don't think of!

I'm not a Hershey Park place either. Last time I went I was about 21 yrs. All I remember is how hot I was!

Aspiemom said...

Love your new header!

Sandy Toes said...

I have heard about this place..how fun and what great pictures!! I love the box!
sandy toe

Missy said...

Awesome place!!! Paige is sitting here asking me to google it and try to find one near us :) Looks like the kids had a blast. There cars turned out amazing!!! Love it!

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! What a fabulous place! Carson looked at this post with me and he immediately asked where it was -- he wants to go!

I hope you have a great week!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

very cool. Your pictures are awesome Lisa!

Lea
xo

Wanda said...

Really cool to see your watermark on the computer screen.

What a great mom you are. So flexible and sensitive. Lools like a great place.

:)

Laura said...

Sounds like it was worth the trip. Is Eddie still here?? You had a great week with the weather. Not too humid!!

Have a great week.

Laura

Sandra said...

What a GREAT place!

Rhonda said...

AWESOME! Looks like a lot of of fun!

PS...you REALLY need to learn how to use a camera! hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Gasp! You were in my city and you didn't tell me! Betrayal! Horror! :)

Colleen said...

How fun!!!!! Looks like such a good time : ) My boys would of loved going there in their younger days...heck they would probably love it now LOL

Kim said...

Awesome! My son would LOVE to do something like that. I am sure they had a great time!

day by day said...

Those smiles sure do show how much fun they had!

You are such a good Mommy, Lisa...I don't think I could bring myself to drive that far for cars. lol! Sure looks like a cool place, though! I am sure my Ryan and my oldest child(my hubby) would love it!

Heather said...

What a cool place! I know where I'm taking my nephew for his birthday. Gotta see where the closest one to me is. Thanks for the info.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Lottie would love this even MORE than build a bear! She loves cars!

What a great time and happy faces!

Keisha said...

HOW COOL! I want to go!!!!!! lol!

Yes,.. those look like HAPPY faces!
Glad you had a great time.

Robin said...

I've never seen that, it looks like they had a great time!!

Blessings,
Robin

Norah said...

Looks like lots of fun! Gene doesn't really care for rides either. He gets pretty nervous about them. It's hard for him when all of his friends (and even Marissa!) wants to go on everything.

Courtney said...

Wow, that is such a cool place. I have never heard of that before. Sounds like a great time!

Gail said...

I have to say my Nick at his age now would like this...what fun they all had and great pics as always Lisa! Now that I think of it...Miss Grace loves cars too. :)

jenbusymom said...

That's so cool! The drive was totally worth it in the end. They look like they had a blast!

Dita said...

Ok, well, as you can see because I am only commenting NOW...I never saw this post!

You said it was a cool place but I NEVER imagined that it could be THIS cool! First, let me say that you are the world's BEST mother for driving 2.5 hours to Baltimore and second let me say......Holy CROW...this is one amazing place.

I may, however, be cursing you because when WonderBoy got one look at Nick, Eddie and Cute Blonde Girl he insisted that we MUST go.....so did JR!

Great pictures, great place, great kids and great MOM!

Ivy said...

Oh those faces say it all, fun, fun and fun! What an amazing place for kids! Let those imaginations run wild...I should have come and made myself a mini mazzeratti LOL.

Cute photos.

Ivy

Steffie B. said...

Totally awesome!

Casey said...

Wow.. That is awesome. I think even Em would dig it. She loves cars. I've got to look into that.... great idea!

Our Complete Family said...

hey lisa!
i thought for sure we'd have one in st louis but sadly we don't. shoot.
there is one in branson though so that will be on my 'to do' list for bryce when we go again!
thanks for sharing!
the kids cars turned out great. hours of fun playing i bet!
the colors in your photos are amazing. love how they're so bright and cheery!
xo

Jennifer said...

This looks awesome!!! My boys would flip :) Trying to catch up on blogging!


Jen