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The morning after a 13 year-old boy tells a strange fortune teller that he wants to be "big", he wakes up in the body of a 35 year-old man. Tom Hanks plays the adult with a boy's soul so perfectly, that Big has remained one of our most beloved comedies. With the delivery of every line, the articulation of every gesture, Hanks captures the yearning and delight of Josh who - as a grown man -- is mistaken by his mother as a burglar and chased from his own home with a carving knife. Josh runs away to NYC where he lands a job testing toys for a boss who is pleased as punch to have someone on his creative team who actually likes to play with the toys. The film's most memorable scene, of Hanks and his boss (Robert Loggia) playing FAO Schwartz's floor piano symbolizes the whimsical genius of this film's message - that those of us who hold the child within us close to our hearts will be the happiest. And, perhaps the most successful, as well.
Why not connect with your own inner child this month by visiting a County Fair, or an old fashioned-amusement park? We're not talking about a fancy roller coaster-oriented establishment, but the simple rides and thrills that satisfied you when you were small. Sure, our kids are used to Disneyland or Six Flags but a ride is a ride; just as they could get lost in a cardboard box when they were small, they love to pay their ticket and climb aboard those beautiful antique carousels - riding unicorns and giraffes and horses until the promise of cotton candy distracts them to another adventure. Best of all, these amusements remind us of our childhood - and our nostalgia seems to inject the day with a more relaxed energy. We visited more than one Agricultural Fair over the summer, and our County Fair is in full swing this month - we love that we can get more than just thrills by learning about vegetables or meeting a farmer. So whether you win big prizes on the arcade games, catch a campy music performance at the venue stage, or simply savor a mouth-watering cotton candy while you get up the nerve to take your kids on the Ferris wheel, a visit to your local amusement park is sure to help you convince the kids that you're not as much of a grown-up as you pretend to be (most of the time!).
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Visiting your Local Amusement Park
Learning about local history & get in touch with your inner kid
Age Recommendation: All ages
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