This morning, I took the kids to the Monkey's Treehouse to meet Merida from Brave, (one of the enchanted princesses at http://www.enchantedentertainmentnash.com). As most know, my daughter E is a huge princess fan, and one of her favorites is "Brave." Her big Christmas gift from Santa this year was a "Brave" doll and pony.
|E's Brave Doll and Pony|
Knowing that it might be crowded, we went early to play. L had only been to this location one other time, so he spent the first 30 minutes running from one thing to the next.
E and O kind of stuck together: playing on the slides, in the balls, and in the play kitchen.
When Merida arrived, she immediately captured all the little girls' attention. L and E both went and stood right beside her and listened to her answer questions and talk with the kids.
|E, kept feeling Merida's dress|
Then it was picture time. I had explained to E that this time, we were not going to have a professional photo made. We had her picture taken with Rapunzel last time because I was without a camera, but this time I had my own camera and I had already taken a few photos.
|Rapunzel (Several Weeks Ago). Photo by: www.createdimages.net|
Merida went into the "Party room" and a line formed outside the door for pictures. The photographer told the adults, "all I'll need to see is your receipt." E peeked in the door and then rushed back over to me. She threw her arms around my neck and started crying. "She didn't give me a hug," she cried. I could tell that her little heart was broken. I reassured her that when photos were over, Merida would likely come back out to greet the girls again and she could get a hug... but she was devastated.
Recognizing that it would only cost me $10 to make her day, AND get a pretty great picture (like the Rapunzel picture above), I returned to the front desk and bought the picture. It was the best decision I made all day. When it was E's turn, Merida got down on her level and spent a few minutes making her feel comfortable. Merida pointed to her Rapunzel shirt and told E that she was friends with Rapunzel too. Then they practiced their pose.
When the picture was taken, she got a great big hug, and E went away beaming. She was even able to sneak back in at the end of the hour and get a few more special moments with Merida.
|She would not let go of her 10% off card|
|This is one happy girl!|
Thank you to the Monkey's Treehouse, to Enchanted Princesses, and to Created Images for today. I'll have to post our photo in a few weeks when it's ready.
If you're interested, here's our experience from last year's Enchanted Princess Event at the Monkey's Treehouse with Sleeping Beauty too: http://legosandbabydolls.blogspot.com/2012/03/enchanted-princess-event-at-monkeys.html.
For more information:
Monkey's Treehouse on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themonkeystreehouse
Enchanted Princesses: http://www.enchantedentertainmentnash.com
Created Images: http://www.createdimages.net