Here on this site, I talk a lot about acts of kindness, though I am not quite used to acts of kindness when they happen to me and my family. Last weekend, however, we were the recipients of several acts of kindness. It all started with a tweet.
Several weeks ago I was on a Twitter chat hosted by my pal Fadra at All Things Fadra. The topic was local travel destinations. At one point she asked about a local destination that we had never been to but would love to visit. My answer was Hershey Park.
And then, this happened.
Before I knew it, we were on our way to Hershey.
The reason we had not ever traveled to Hershey Park was, well, the candy. Our oldest son was severely allergic to dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, and pretty much every ingredient in any Hershey item. Though we had heard fabulous reviews of the park, it just seemed like a tease to bring him there. He had so much on his plate already, so to speak, and I would never intentionally put him in a situation that would make him feel worse.
However, thanks to one wonderful woman, he his no longer allergic to most of those items. Life has been permanently changed, not just for him but for all of us, in a really big way. This trip to Hershey became not just a destination, but a family celebration. The park is beautiful, and the weather was perfect.
Remember those acts of kindness I mentioned? Well, when we got to the park a few young women stopped us. They were just about to leave and gave us their meal tickets and commemorative drink cup tickets. It was so very generous of them. The next day, a couple who were enjoying some of the games told my son and I to wait just a moment. He had just won a prize, a stuffed animal that was almost as large as my eight year old! My son then got to choose which one he wanted, and he proceeded to parade through the park carrying it over his shoulder with the hugest grin you ever did see.
Here are some photos from our weekend at Hershey Park and Chocolate World.
We all made our own chocolate bars and designed our own packaging for them. It was really neat to see how choocolate bars are produced. We also brought home plenty of chocolate gifts ad souvenirs from Chocolate World.
If you like roller coasters and have not yet been to Hershey Park, put it on your list immediately. We were astounded at the number of roller coasters and their intensity level! Just watching this one made us nervous!
During Halloween time, kids 12 and younger can visit Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure, starting at Hershey’s Chocolate World and continuing deep inside Hersheypark in Treatville, the village of sweets and treats. My kids sure loved getting an early start on their Halloween candy collection!
Many of the kids in the park were wearing their costumes. At one point, we saw a little boy who was dressed as Batman, and proudly playing the part. When I pointed him out to my kids, they ran over and thanked Batman for always saving the day. The boy’s face lit up like a firework display. My kids felt so wonderful after making that boy’s day that they proceeded to do the same for several other kids throughout the weekend.
Many, many thanks to the folks at Hershey Park for gifting us tickets and a hotel stay. We were super impressed with the park and cannot wait to go back. It was a weekend that none of us will ever forget. And as far as those acts of kindness go? Well, we found a family on our way out and gave them all of our unused game and meal tickets. They were incredibly appreciative, and who knows, maybe they paid it forward too!