Summer school vacation is days away which may mean that you are thinking of things to do with your family around Londonderry. I thought I would help you guys out with your planning by featuring some of the spots my family enjoys during the warmer weather and lazy days. First up, Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield, the next town over from Londonderry.
Towards the end of each school year, Londonderry North School PTA organizes a Mother/Son outing at Mel’s which is a great afternoon/evening event. We get the fun pack of tickets which gives us the opportunity to try all of the attractions there. Boy are there a lot of attractions – we usually don’t get through all of them in one evening, which necessitates at least one other visit. My family doesn’t complain!
First up on the agenda is usually the batting cages. Now, neither of my boys play on a baseball team, but they LOVE the batting cages. There’s a funny story about that actually which stems from my complete and utter British ignorance of baseball. The first year we attended this PTA event, it was just me and my older son. It was both his and my first time at the batting cages. We exchanged our ticket for tokens and a bat and headed to the cages. We were thrilled that the first cage we got to had no waiting line. He put on his helmet, hopped in and deposited his tokens. He was immediately bombarded by what could only be accurately described as bullet-speed baseballs. To his credit, I do recall he managed to hit a couple of them. It was only the NEXT time we visited the park that I noticed that this was the 85 mph cage and the big warning sign on the cage door. Yup – parenting fail right there!
This is my younger son (superman) and his buddy from school. My boys really want to spend this time with their school friends more than hang out with their mother, but I still have a great time taking them here to this event.
My boys are just like all the others and they love playing arcade games. Mel’s has a number of games available to play – everything from Skee Ball in the back to driving games. I got a kick out of the snowmobile game that blew wind in your face as you played! Notice the wind swept look my son is sporting.
From the arcade, it was off to the Go-Kart track. Now, I don’t mean to brag, but I am a mean go-kart driver! I think I gave some of the dads on the course a surprise and a run for their money. Above is my husband and older son leading the pack in their race.
Around the corner from the restaurant – The Funway Burger – is the driving range. My boys never play golf, but they made some pretty good swings and hits this evening. I am not sure their technique was quite right, but it’s all good fun!
Across the parking lot, past the Spooky World hearse (Mel’s is the location for Spooky World in September), is the laser building which houses laser tag and a laser maze. The kids get 10 mins in the tag arena and come out with huge smiles and bragging about their high scores.
The final treat of the evening is mini-golf. There are two courses available which snake through some pretty water features and gardens. This mom got three holes-in-one on this visit – a personal best, but I won’t be giving up my day job for golf any time soon! You’ll see my handsome husband above – we made this visit a family affair and not just a Mother/Son treat. This worked well, allowing us to give some one-on-one attention and time with each of our sons.
Once you’ve exhausted yourself and all your fun-pack tickets, what better way to end the visit than a huge ice-cream sundae? Mel’s features Gifford’s Ice-Cream and it’s a delicious treat which elicits smiles from every patron.
So there you go! The first stop on the “Things to Do around Londonderry” tour. Have you guys been to Mel’s? What are some of your family summer traditions? Share below in the comments, please!
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