“Mom and I spent yesterday at the Mall of America,” my sister
Debbie informed me over the phone. We both had a good time walking around and
watching children and adults as they rode rides in the central section of the
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Debbie went on to tell me about the opportunities they saw for
Seniors and adults to sit on a seat and to take a ride with their children and
As she talked about the fun they had had, I formed a mental image
of a Senior on the seat of a merry-go-round with a smile on his/her face. I
wondered what that older person was thinking, remembering, feeling and hearing.
My sister added comments about the additional benefits visitors
had while visiting the Mall of America.
There was the opportunity to exercise while strolling around the
enormous square and watching people as they passed. They saw the expressions on
faces, the excitement of children, and the interest parents took in their
child’s choice of ride, the activities that seemed important to the groups.
Everyone has a different reason for visiting the Mall of America
As a local, I have visited this large and special site many times.
I enjoy the opportunity to exercise by walking around the vast interior. This
is especially popular in winter.
Large flagship stores are placed on the four corners. Moderate
shops and small stands invite shoppers along the way. A number of restaurants
are available for different palates. But, for me, the most important opportunity is to visit
Nickelodeon Universe, a special place where a Senior is given the opportunity
to take a carnival ride, one that may generate memories of fun had as a child.
Are you traveling to a major national entertainment site?
I am writing this in January. This is a terrific time to learn
more about the sites you are thinking of visiting during the spring and summer.
Books describing opportunities and activities for some major theme
parks have been written. If you choose to read one of these take a look at
opportunities for family members of various ages and abilities. Consider
bringing Grandma and/or Grandpa with you.
This may not work for everyone or every family. But for some
families, one more adult can really help in care of small children or disabled
If you have questions, contact the staff of the theme park.
Ask questions. These may include:
· cost and entry fees
· distance from major sites within the
· carnival and other rides
or standards for the theme park
For the Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe contact:
If you prefer reaching out via phone, the phone number
Careful planning and information can help make your future
vacation a success.
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother,
writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can
help people because she has experienced the benefits.
Are you a Senior? Do you have a friend or relative who is considering
retirement or has already retired? Check out this web site: Retire and Renew:
Thanks to the staff of Nickelodeon Universe for their help in creating this post.
Note: the Mall of America also know as the MOA, is located in Bloomington, MN. This is south of Minneapolis
and close to the MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul) airport.