By: Meghan It’s almost April vacation and if you’re anything like me (i.e. you don’t have an exotic vacation coming up), you are just now starting to plan for it. Well, I have a fun suggestion for a day trip to fill one of your upcoming vacation days. Recently my girls and I discovered Beantown – no, not Boston – this Beantown is actually in Reading inside of … Jordan’s Furniture and is called BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course. I have been sadly uneducated in the amazing offering that reside within Jordan’s Furniture. I always thought the only thing to be found there was, well, furniture. I was WRONG! Look at this place!
First of all, there are famous Boston landmarks which are recreated in smaller scale throughout Beantown made up of … jelly beans. Get it?! BEANtown. It’s awesome, and basically made us feel like we’d entered Willy Wonka’s magical candy world within his Chocolate Factory. Look at these faces:
Since you can’t actually eat the jelly beans in the replica, there is a handy dandy candy store right there with Jelly Belly jelly beans and other awesome treats like Harry Potter’s Chocolate Frogs. The kids were just a little bit excited about this:
And did you happen to see the picture up there of that insane-o ropes course? Well that is there to try as well. There is a huge, high, crazy-pants multi-level course with a zip line for older kids, and a smaller, less crazy-pants course for younger ones. All three kiddos I brought started on the insane course but it was REALLY scary! The two 8 year-olds pushed through their fear though it was still really scary for them and I think they may actually enjoy the memory of it more than they were enjoying it while actually participating. But if you ask them right now, they would say it was the coolest ever and even though they were scared they still had fun. Which in its own way (being scared but still having fun or at least still participating) is a pretty important thing to be able to do and know that you CAN do. Now my 5 year old went up there for about 5 seconds and knew immediately it was not for her. She is a tree-climbing, rock-scaling, dare devil, so that should give you a sense of the fear factor here. So she decided to do the lower course level and totally loved it. It should be noted that the entire time they were on the ropes course they were buckled into a harness that was attached at all times to a secure built-in system, meaning there is truly no danger at all of falling.
After our time was up on the course, we retired to Fuddruckers restaurant which is also right there at Beantown. So awesome! Did you know they have the World’s Greatest Hamburger? Well they say they do and we all thought so too. The kids also really liked the milkshakes!
After that the kids hung out in front of the Liquid Fireworks show, which the kids loved – this really surprised me and reminded me how awesome kids are. They danced up a storm!
After all that dancing we then got some yummy Sundays at Richardson’s Ice Cream Shop which is right next to the fountains inside the giant jelly bean banana split sundae. Yum! There is one more cool feature that we didn’t get to experience, which is an 8 story Imax 3-D theater. It was showing a grown-up movie at the time, so we didn’t visit it, but if it was showing something else, how cool would that be to add in to the day?! We were exhausted by the time we were done, luckily it was an easy drive back home to the Cape and it was such a fun, unexpected adventure. Our trip definitely made me excited to discover more awesome day trips we can do over vacation – stay tuned! What do you have lined up for vacation? Any favorite day-trips that you recommend? Share for me and the other parents looking to fill our staycation or just our weekends. Thanks!