Melrose Park, Illinois
A Farewell To Kiddieland
September 13, 2009
Page Eleven

Kiddieland, Melrose Park, Illinois

After getting wet on the Log Jammer Bond and I had to start working our way out as we had dinner with my parents then a long ride home for work and school the next day.  As we headed to our final ride Bond asked for one more ride on the Roto Whip.  "One more ride" is something that I heard around me all day long from kids, parents and grandparents.  Everyone wanted one more ride, one more memory, one more part of the magic that was Kiddieland to take with threm.

Kiddieland, Melrose Park, Illinois

Inside the park there were no frowns, there were no tears just smiles on faces and laughter coming from between their liips.

The Miniature Railway at Kiddieland, Melrose Park, Illinois

I heard time and time again people telling their children and grandchildren about their first ride on the carousel, train or Little Dipper.  Then after telling about their first time they went and took their children and grandchildren for their first ride. 

The Carousel at Kiddieland, Melrose Park, Illinois

Kiddieland has been a tradition for some for over three generations and as we started to head out the question came to me where will these kids take their children and grandchildren?  Where will they share such a wonderful experience? 


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