Avery loves balloons. So when my dear friend, Ayla (we were close friends in high school), invited us to join her and her daughter, Ava, to the Stoweflake Balloon Festival, we said YES!
This festival has been going on for 28 years in my backyard, just 40 minutes away, and I had never been. On the way there, I was trying to explain what the balloon festival was. Then after talking about some other stuff, he says ‘balloon potty’… or so I thought it was, since we are in the middle of potty training, but while I was looking for somewhere to stop, I realized he was trying to say ‘balloon party!’ I have no idea where he made the connection between festival and party, but man do I have a smart kid!
We arrived an hour and a half before the balloons were set to take off. There was tons of tents with food and crafts and activities going on. First order of business… take a train ride!
When Avery went to get on the train, he tried to get in the conductor’s seat because he wanted to drive – It was too cute! He rode around the field all by himself and had his serious face on the whole time, but when he got off, he was talking a mile a minute and spotted the next activity…
Avery went in a bouncy castle at a birthday party a month ago and he was thrilled to go in again. He bounced for a couple minutes with another little girl.
Right next door was this fun game…
Avery does really well at home with his t-ball set, so I wasn’t surprised at how well he hit the ball and had so much fun with it!
We got some lemonade, checked out a few tents, and setup on our blankets to watch the balloons go up. Avery was soooo surprised and excited when they started rolling out the balloons and filling them up with hot air.
When we left, the sky was scattered with dots of color…
We had planned it so that we would leave around the time the kiddos needed to go to sleep. I changed Avery into his PJs before we hit the road. He passed out on the way home (Ayla told me Ava did too!)…. we had such a fun time and it tuckered them out for sure!
We live in such a beautiful state with fun events like this just around the corner…and childhood friends and their kids to share memories with… loving Vermont life!