After our excursion to Indian Echo Caverns, we decided to stop in at nearby Hershey and do the Hershey World tour. I am not sure why this was considered to be a good idea. We had, after all, been before, not long after we emigrated to America. There was, therefore, no new experience to engage everyone in. It also did not serve a logistical function of breaking a journey up since it was such a short distance from the Caverns. I also have this general trepidation about returning to things relatively soon after a previous visit. Somehow the second visit is always mired in disengagement, moodiness, challenging behaviour, and discontent.
The boys enjoyed doing the silly “tour” again. So much so that they insisted on doing it twice. This experience involves sitting in carriages as we are moved past mock-ups of the various stages and processes of Hershey’s chocolate production. It does qualify as being educational, so there’s that, but what my kids actually like about it are the animatronic cows and their incessantly earwormish Motown singing.
They then wanted to do the chocolate creating activity but that would cost $16 each. Especially since three of them had done it before, that was not going to happen. The same was true of the other paid for activities. We, therefore, compromised and gave them a small amount of money each and told them they could spend it in the on site shop. They thought that was a lush sweet treat, of course, but in actuality it was an opportunity to have them put their mathematical skills into practical action since they had to budget and make value for money judgments. Instead of begging for more money, they got me to take photos of them with tempting items that were outside of their budget. Everyone came away happy and we could head home with smiling faces.