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Ten Reasons Why I Love Diggerland Truck Amusement Park!
Ten Reasons Why I Love Diggerland truck amusement park!
If you read my 2017 Gift Guide, you can see a large chunk of my gift suggestions were experiential. In my opinion, experiential gifts make the best gifts. Additionally, they don’t have to be cleaned up, they can be enjoyed by the whole family, and they last for days or even years!
One of my favorite experiences – and yes, it’s an experience vs. just an amusement park – is Diggerland truck amusement park, in West Berlin, New Jersey. Why there do you ask? Well, have YOU ever driven a full size construction vehicle? Nope? Me neither. But I did and it was AWESOME. Oh yeah, my kids liked it there too.
Your kids can drive cars by themselves and feel cool.
2. You can play go-fish with an excavator.
3. Take a ride on a construction carousel – yes! Even better – sit in the scooper!
4. You can compare your kid’s height to a really big wheel.
5. You can ride a little train down a windy trail.
6. Lots of shady rest spots. Extra fantastic if you’re bringing a future little truck lover who is too small to ride anything.
7. You can spin around in the air in an excavator.
8. You can scoop dirt – not in your backyard.
9. A big chair. Is there anything better?
10. Endless smiles for kids!
So for the gift that keeps on digging, check out Diggerland truck amusement park. What a cool mom/dad/aunt/uncle/grandparent/sibling/neighbor you’d be to give a gift of riding crazy big construction trucks to a small, small person.
My kids are counting down the minutes until Diggerland truck amusement park re-opens for the season!
Now the only question is where are you running first?
Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area.
Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations.
After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 9, and 6). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member ((including a former & current PTA president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City.
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