When we took the kids to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk last week, I had a startling revelation. Elliot, who was 41 inches tall the last time we went to this amusement park, is now 48 inches.
That means he's technically allowed to ride nearly every ride without a chaperone. I'm not sure if growing 7 inches in two years is a lot for a boy his age, but I was a bit alarmed. He's still only 5 years old and seems way too young to be riding a roller coaster by himself. (We accompanied him the whole time — except for one kiddie ride he went on with his sister.)
Elliot remains in that in-between age, where he still sometimes likes acting like a little kid. (It probably doesn't help that he has two younger siblings.) That includes riding in the grocery cart.
We discovered the hard way that it's easier for him to get into these seats than out. He was stuck in this one for a while.
Of course, the best part of reaching 48 inches is he's allowed to climb up into the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Now it's just a question of whether he's big enough to handle 377 steps.