Amusement Park Stories

STAGE 2 – Years 3 & 4

After a warm summer’s day the amusement park has ground down to a halt, as this giant playground of fun is slowly put to sleep. The fairy floss machine is cleaned and now dormant. The tunnel of terror is no longer terrifying but just still and dark. The ferris wheel capsules gently sway in the warm evening breeze. All is quiet, all is calm … Until a group of bored children emerge from the gammon planetarium which is the only thing left open and unchecked for stray public as no one ever goes in there. What happens next is up to you when the amusement park is now yours for the evening. Together we will create our park and characters and explore their moments together.

Stories from this Program

The Mysterious Land

By Jaxyn, Year 4

The other foods are hunting us down. There was four of them: the all seeing leader, noodle squid, pizza grenade, and spider burger.

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