Morgan's Wonderland before we traveled (being an outdoor activity) so we purchased a product called Geleeo, which is a cooling liner designed for baby strollers. We gambled on it working and it did! Fabulous product. If you have a child that overheats in hot weather or has difficult regulating temperature I recommend it. With our Geleeo installed in Noah's Convaid Trekker Wheelchair off we headed towards a day of accessible amusement park fun!
We were greeted by the Project Angel Fares team and
Channel Fox 29 news when we arrived. Our excitement was just
overflowing. We never dreamed that Noah would ever have the
opportunity to visit Morgan's. And here we were! We were given wrist
bands for the sensory areas and bands so that if a child gets separated
from you that they can easily be found. They have a giant map on the
wall with lots of little butterflies demonstrating all the visitors to
Morgan's Wonderland from each state. We placed our butterfly on the
map. Our little stamp that we had been there!
Luke immediately scampered off,
and I don't think I have seen him more happier in his life. He had hit
playground heaven. And Noah and daddy quickly followed and chased Luke
up a playground that was fully handicapped accessible. There was
nothing that Noah could not do. It's kind of hard to imagine it - as
our days are full of obstacles that being barrier free with a wheelchair
was such a wonderful feeling. Noah was in pure delight. Smiles,
giggles and full body extension spoke volumes about the joy Noah was
experiencing. The park is much bigger than I imagined and there is so
much to do. We only did each activity once, simply due to the heat but
if it had been cooler we would have done every activity there multiple
think that is what made Morgan's so special. When you have a child
with special needs you watch all your dreams slowly die one by one, and
your life gets more altered with each passing day. I was watching Noah
& Luke's dreams come alive - and even Chris' seeing that truck and
holding out hope that maybe someday it could be real, and mine as well
as my biggest dreams are moments of us all playing together as a family
without limits. Morgan's Wonderland is a place of possibility. It felt
Morgan's also has an
incredible event center where they hold events and activities. So much
thought and effort went into building that park. Sometimes I find
myself looking at things and saying if only they asked a special needs
parent we could make things a million times better - but there is not
one thing that Morgan's could have done or built better than they did.
It is special needs perfection.
Noah got to meet Humphrey - a
turtle that wanted to hang out under his wheelchair. Which was really
kind of sweet. And sadly Luke mis-stepped and didn't see that there
was a tiny gecko by his feet which was a tad traumatic for him once he
realized what had happened, I wasn't sure how to explain that to Luke or
how to comfort him properly through that, so I rather ushered him to
another part of the park and tried to distract his thoughts with another
activity. Honestly I was just praying we'd see another gecko so he'd
think it was still alive to make it easier on him, but we never did.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.' Maya Angelou Love,
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