I really love the activities that are stereotypically for kids. Does that make me a child at heart? Sure, I would definitely say I am! But I am also someone who loves to have fun in general. The thing with kids is they absolutely know how to have wonderful, carefree, no-worries fun. No stress. No “trying” to relax. They just are. They’re totally in the moment. I think that’s partly due to them being so awesomely naive.
Often times I wish I could go back to that. Alas, I live in reality and I’m a “quarter of a century old” as so many people like to remind me. Like it’s some joke. It’s chill though; I’m half Filipino. As in- I’m about to stay looking young until I’m at least 75. Then, overnight, I’ll turn into a little old lady. Jokes on them!
Anyways, when my parents were in town, we went on the hidden gem that is the Central Park Carousel, officially known as the Michael Friedsam Memorial Carousel! I’ve always loved carousels. I used to get very excited running around the platform while looking for the coolest, most decked out animal to ride in style. I would look for the bejeweled ones. The bright, unique and most aesthetically pleasing of all the animals! Oh and of course the ones that bob up and down, as the whole world spins round, and round. It would be a total shame to accidentally choose a static animal. And now as a young adult, I realize I still hold the exact same mindset as I look for my stead! Riding the Central Park Carousel is classic. Not sure how I went 6 years in NYC without riding it! The carnivally-classical music, the antique-ness, the grandeur and wonderment of it all… ah merry-go-rounds. They’re the best. According to their website,
The famed Carousel, with its sweet calliope music and 57 magnificent horses, is the fourth to stand in Central Park since 1871. It is one of Central Park’s most popular favorite attractions. It is said that a live mule or a horse, hidden beneath the Carousel platform, powered the original amusement ride from 1873 until 1924. The animals were taught to start and stop when the operator tapped on the floor.
Pretty cool. I can safely say my family and I- especially my mom and I- loved our carousel experience! Being in iconic Central Park, on this historic ride, on a Summer day, with my parents and bf- was just lovely 🙂