I've written about going to see the Shark Reef at Manadalay Bay with Matt and his daughter Bei Lei. This week, I was invited to go to a place called the "Adventuredome" with them. Matt, Bei Lei and Kim and Allen. Two adults (You would think) and three kids. Adventuredome is kind of like a mini theme park. For me, it was a place to see a two year old go wild. Things didn't turn out exactly like I thought they would, but it was still a really fun trip!
So good ol' Chinstrap picks me up and we head out. I don't really want to ride on anything, so I don't really spend any money. Matt buys wristbands for all the kids though, so they can ride. He then instructs the kid who's sold him the wristband to place it on the wriggling, squirming, two year old. You can see how her arm is blurry, two year olds don't stay still, even for wristbands.
Bei Lei begins to explore the dome. She's having a ball! She's a busy little kid and doesn't stay in one place for more than about a half a second. We find a wall with a frog painted on it and I show it to her. I ask her to stand in front of the frog wall so I can take her picture. She goes over to the frog wall for half a second and then leaves. Since my camera doesn't work in half second bursts, I miss the picture. I ask again and get another half second. Finally, Matt gets her to stand next to him for a picture for a good three seconds and I actually get a good shot!
Matt puts her on a few kiddie rides, and she's having a blast! Two year olds having fun are always great to watch! I'm waiting for the tantrum. I can't wait to see him try to take her out of here when she's having fun! He decides we need to eat eventually, and I figure she'll go nuts as we walk out. As we near the exit, she's looking around, not wanting to leave. I think what the hell, let's try like Matt does and just talk to her like an adult. So I tell her we're going to eat, and then we'll come back. Bei Lei smiles and says "Ok."
I'm shocked. She's being more reasonable than most adults I know! Is this really a two year old kid? We find a little pizza restaurant and Matt orders us some pizza. He also gets us some drinks and then gives little Bei Lei some Pepsi. I like Pepsi. It's full of sugar and caffine. Wait...sugar and caffine?
She slurps it right down. He gives her more. She slurps it down. He gives her more. Now she's wired! Now she's fun to watch! Matt has filled his two year old full of sugar and caffine and she's chatting with me from across the table. I have no idea what the hell she's saying because I can't really hear her, but she's having a great time! WIRED!
She begins to bounce around the booth. He tries to get her to sit down and eat, but she's bouncing, and bouncing. She's on the floor, she's on her brother, she's on Matt. WIRED! MORE PEPSI! I tell Matt that when you give a two year old Pepsi, it's filled with sugar and caffine and they go nuts. He just says, "It's what she wants." Now, laughing away, I'm happy to watch her. She pulls off the wristband. Matt puts it back on. She pulls it off, he puts it back on. She pulls it off, and finally he leaves it off and sets it on the table. We finish eating and head back for more rides. As we reach the dome, Matt realizes Bei Lei isn't wearing her wristband anymore. It was left on the table. I walk back, but the table has been cleaned off. He decides he'll just go and argue with someone and get her another wristband. He finds some 20 year old kid in the dome and begins to argue about getting another wristband. Meanwhile, Bei Lei is rolling on the floor, looking up at the top of the dome, and running here and there, still wired. Matt argues and argues with this kid, but he won't give out another wrist band. The wired two year old may bankrupt the company by going on a couple more rides. After fighting and agruing for a while, the kid finally gives Matt four tickets for four more free rides for Bei Lei. We discover that when we go to take her on rides, the attendants don't even ask for the ticktes. They obviously see she's wired and don't want to get in her way! They just let her on. When you see someone who is two feet tall banging on a gate, I guess you just let them in!
One pigtail has come loose and hair is everywhere on her! She's happy and running around and bouncing onto rides! Wahoo! I can't wait for the tantrum when we leave! This should be a great one! A screaming, sugar and caffine filled child, yelling and screaming as Matt tries to drag her away from the rides! *chuckle* I can't WAIT! I ended up disapointed. After a few more rides, Matt takes her hand and says "Ok, it's time to go now." She says "Ok" and takes his hand. We walk out towards the car and I figure maybe she didn't understand he meant leave the dome. She'll scream when he puts her in the car seat. I'm still disapointed, but actually really impressed! She's quiet and happy when he puts her in the car seat! I turn around from my seat and ask her, "Did you have a good time tonight, Bei Lei?" She answers "Yes."
So, I didn't get a tantrum tonight, but that's ok. I get to see plenty of adults at work throw tantrums. I did have a great time with the kids, though. I suggested to Matt that we take them to "Build a Bear" next time and spend several hundred dollars buying underwear for a stuffed animal. I'm not sure he liked that idea.