One thing that I’ve been wanting to do for years is go to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. One of the perks of being a stay at home mom with young kids is you can do these kinds of things during the week when it is not as busy as the weekend.
It was a typical beautiful spring day in San Diego, so I packed snacks and loaded up the boys and we drove to Carlsbad. When we arrived, I was shocked at how crowded the parking lot was and the line at the entrance was several blocks long! I drove around for a while looking for a place to park, and each time I passed the line, it seemed to be getting longer and longer. I started getting a little skeptical, not necessarily because of the amount of people, but the challenge of keeping the boys occupied in the long line was not sounding so fun. So as I was driving around, I was talking to them and I told them there was a long line and nowhere to park and maybe we should come back another day. They both said “Noooooo!” So I told them if I could find a place to park, they needed to promise they would be good, patient little boys in line, and they promised they would and really wanted to go in. So after 20 minutes of circling and waiting, I finally found a place to park. When we got to the back of the line, I realized that they had footprints painted on the sidewalk that showed the path to the front. The boys thought that was so cool and we made it a game of moving up and staying put on your own footprints.
It worked so well, until… we came up to the tractor…then the game was no longer fun and they were climbing and making tractor noises and playing in their own little world as I kept moving up in line.
I was almost to the front when I finally caught their attention and they came running to catch up with me. These little monkeys were great in line and we finally made it in!
Since it is such a big place, it really didn’t feel that crowded. The boys were handed “passports” that showed all the different places to visit where they could find stamps to stamp their passports. They loved having something to work towards and It was neat because it took us to sections that we probably would not have visited or even known about.
About halfway through the mission of getting all the stamps in the passport, I asked the boys to stop in front of the fields so I could get some pictures since I did bring my camera. First we had a little fun, and I asked them to give me a silly face.
Then I asked them to show me their muscles.
Then they were just being their usual silly selves
And then they actually took an interest in the flowers and started smelling them.
Then they wanted to go on the tractor ride. It took us around the entire fields and up at the top we could see the ocean.
And they gave us an opportunity to get off and take pictures with the ocean in the background.
When we got back down the hill we got ice cream and visited all the other places to get the rest of the stamps in their passports. We went to the Christmas Poinsettia greenhouse, the candy land playground, the Orchid greenhouse (which was pretty amazing) and the boys favorite was the flower maze.
There were a couple times when they decided to turn and go in opposite directions through the maze, after regrouping and explaining that we all needed to work together and stay together, we found our way out. And we even took more time to stop and smell the flowers.
It was a fun day and so worth the fight to find a parking spot and the wait in the long line. And we will definitely go back again.