I discovered this carousel shortly after we had begun our carousel quest.
We were driving up 95 North when I saw a sign for "Bonkers" with a big carousel horse on it. Given our newly formed plan, I looked it up as soon as possible. Yes, there was a carousel there, yes it was permanent, yes it was expensive. For some reason I was okay with most of the expenses of this journey, but Bonkers was putting me over the edge: $15 each to get in, and then on top of that, it looked like there was a giant tunnel maze that I just couldn't get excited about.
I knew the kids would love it, but I don't like going in those, especially while holding a squirmy and uncooperative Brynn. To deal with this non-excitement, I put off the prospect of going for as long as possible.
This was easy, because we had such nice weather over the summer - plus most of the rides on our checklist had a definite deadline to fit in. Bonkers was inside and we could go at anytime. Come November, we had just three carousels left: Two holiday rides and Bonkers. I felt strongly that Bonkers should not be our last carousel - too anti-climatic. Luckily (I guess?), we had our first slushy rain/snow day on the weekend we had planned to go. Bonkers certainly beats being indoors all day, so we headed out in the cold to check this off of our list.
First surprise of the day: No charge for the grown-ups or babies! I was quite happy with this. All of the other indoor playgrounds that I had ever been to charged for everyone walking through the doors. I was more than happy to save $45 right off the bat.
Next surprise: No adults in the maze! Will and Rory were old enough to head in there as a pair and they never looked back! They played in there for an hour while Ryan, Brynn and I watched and enjoyed some snacks and drinks. It was actually almost relaxing.
Another great surprise: Amazingly friendly staff. Every person we met was really helpful and polite and seemed to care that we enjoyed ourselves. It was such a pleasent experience that I actually felt bad for dreading it all summer.
As for the main event - for us anyways - the carousel was great.
It was all small horses. I had never seen one like this before, so it was a nice treat to try something new. I could touch the floor the whole time, but it was perfect for Rory, who is 4. It's now on my list to find out more info about this ride.
As an added bonus, there were two more kiddie rides that the kids were allowed to go on as much as they wanted. I think we spent three hours there, and the best part: Everyone fell asleep on the way home.
Checkmark for the carousel and thumbs up for the fun.