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  • Elisse Carma

Evening at the Park: Aichi Children's Center

Amelia sits on a great big rhino at Aichi Children's Center

Aichi Children's Center is about a 15 minute drive from our house and also easily accessible by train. The whole place is pretty fantastic, with splash pads, a giant indoor play center, pools, and a massive park with several playgrounds.

Pretty flowers at Aichi Children's Center

We recently spent a nice warm evening there as a family, just enjoying the park.

Amelia holds it together before falling apart

Amelia saw some friends on the playground from school and they wouldn't let her play with them. She's had a tough time with friends this year and I've tried to encourage her to talk to me about it, to cry if she needs to. On this evening she let me take some pictures while she talked to me.

Amelia cries about troubles with friends at the park

It's so painful to watch her heart break, to see her feel unwanted. I'm sure it's a growth opportunity for both of us, but it still hurts.

Playground fun for Skye and Amelia at Aichi Children's Center

Once Amelia expressed her sadness and cried it out, she perked up and played happily with her siblings in her typical resilient, energetic way.

I love how much fun we have together when we're able to let go of the world for a little while and just play.

Amelia glares at Dean angrily as they go down the slide together

The kids love to make trains together on the slides, especially the awesome slides here in Japan. Of course, sometimes they get a little angry at each other in the process!

Skye eats her applesauce while her dad takes her stroller down a big flight of stairs

Here's Skye having a snack in her awesome Bob stroller. Her snacking is getting really out of control lately, actually...

Family slide time! We all did the slide together, dad video'd it and I photographed it.

Family slide time!!!

Kids holding daddy's hands as the went up the stairs

Dean clings to his dad's finger affectionately as they walk back to the slide

Dean can be so sweet and affectionate. I love the way he was clinging to Brad's finger as they walked.

Dean and Amelia push their scooters as she talks to him about where they're going next

The kids brought their scooters but..... scooters are apparently not allowed at Aichi Children's Center. This is a huge bummer because there were massive empty parking lots when we arrived, great big smooth walkways everywhere that are perfect for scootering.

Skye laughs as she wanders up the walkway at Aichi Children's Center

We're looking forward to the weather warming up in the next month or two for many more family park days.

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