How old is old enough. . .

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  1. PPC1052

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    . . . to enjoy the show? Most likely, I'll not be able to make it until my son is old enough to bring along.
     
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    First, if I read this right, many props for being a late in life pops.

    Second, make it work, as you must for many things. Eff conventional thought. Your son will thank you for it, probably long after you pass, but you still have to make the effort.
     
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    At least old enough so they can be entertained by the show and not wanting to be entertained by you. 5 or 6 should be fine. Have fun! Makes for great father and son memories.
     
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    Amen to that..

    Some of my early memories are of me in the right seat yanking and banking in an old SR 10 Relient. with my Dad locked down on the yoke in the left seat. (Circa 1946/7) by 1950 I could fly it.
     
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    I'm 47 and he is 4. He will be right around 5 next year. I think that qualifies me as a later in life pops.


    His mom is not in to camping or roughing it. She'd have a great time for about 3/4 of a day. She would not be excited about me trekking off for a multi day vacation without her. So, you see my dilemma.
     
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    She doesn't want a week of time alone? I see HER dilemma...

    Look into renting a house or university dorm space. Heck, if you're willing to pay, there's a Hilton Garden right next to the end of 27, but I suspect they are already sold out for next year. And maybe the year after that.
     
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    She doesn’t like the idea of a ‘guys trip’ ?

    Is the dilemma more about the 4 year old or the wife?

    In all honesty, a long weekend would probably be sufficient, especially with a small child.
     
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    She wouldn't want to go for the length of time that I would want to go, and she would not want me to go somewhere without her for as long as I would want to go if I went to Oshkosh. But, if I take the little one, I might be able to sell her on a weekend all to her self. I suspect with a 5-6 year old, I can't imaging going for longer than just an over night. I am in Indy, so a flight up one day, stay overnight, and return home might be fine.
     
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    Buy her an overnight spa trip in the middle of your trip

    Here you go - 6 miles west of Ripon, one of the best luxury spas in Wisconsin.... http://www.heidelhouse.com

    Sold!
     
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    I started bringing my son when he was 5, pulled him around in a wagon. He is 25 now and has made it almost every year since.....
     
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    PPC, I don’t see how far away you are? One doesn’t have to take 5 days off to go, especially if solo you can cram much into a day or two. Yeah, if coming across the U.S. one day isn’t worth it. If Sun & Fun is closer, try that for now.
     
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    How’s the wagon holding up after all those trips?
     
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    Now that's funny......The way I am headed, he will be pulling me around in the wagon soon.
     
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    You don’t have to camp to have an awesome time. And you don’t have to stay for a week, or even multiple days.

    Take your family on a 2-3 day vacation to Wisconsin Dells. Nice water parks, family fun. Go to Osh (1.5 hr drive if I remember) and stay there a couple more days. Fun and variety for all and no one has to feel left out.
     
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    My son's first trip was at age 2. He loves planes and still has the little plastic toy that we bought him. My daughter was 4. We only went for one day and I went for a second will they and my wife visited my sister down in Milwaukee. I don't think the kids really remember it, but at the time they definitely had fun.
     
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    For a lot of the folks I've been hanging around with for the last 45 years, some of them have had their kids with them when they were -9 months old.

    Jim
     
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    I took my son for the first time when he was 3 months. It didnt go all that well and we left after only 3 days (We always do the Saturday before opening until the Sunday evening, leaving on the Monday after it ends). We returned the following year when he was one and he had a blast. We had to be careful with the sun and the noise from the jets etc, but he had a great time.

    As for the wife, well she had no intention of camping etc until she came for the first time, now she looks forward to Osh and Camp Scholler as much as me! I say tell the wife to come along and try it at least once.

    We will be missing this year for the first time in a long time as baby #4 is due to make an appearance any day now.