Fabulous fun for everyone.

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour... "an incredibly magical place that justifies an entirely separate post."

Well, as promised, here is that post.

We tried to go last month with the intention of "testing" it out to see if it was in fact suitable for the celebration of Jacob's 14th birthday.  Of course I knew for a fact that it was indeed suitable.  It was thee. place. to. be. when you had a birthday to celebrate, when you wanted a big ol' sundae, or when you wanted to be wildly entertained by men & women in skimmer hats-  parading around the place- beating drums, blowing whistles, ringing bells, blasting sirens- all in an effort to reach the final destination of that lucky boy or girl.  And by "big ol' sundae" I mean BIG OL' SUNDAE... I'm talkin' huge bowls with 30 scoops of ice cream, erupting volcanoes, zoo characters... delivered by multiple servers- carried on stretchers- all accompanying a special reward if/when fully consumed.  The ultimate challenge

Well, eventually Chuck E. Cheese took over, and Farrell's closed.  Until recently.  It's BACK.  And as you can see above, we're not the only ones who want to relive those childhood memories.  We were smart this time though.  We got there before the doors opened, stood in line, & when 11- hit, we were seated right away.  Happy times...

{the gibson girl & her date.}

{chocolate coke... not sure quite what he expected}

{look of horror when he realizes that embarrassment is inevitable for the birthday boy}

{and heeeere comes the parade...}

{nowhere to hide when asked to stand up on the table- in a crowded restaurant & dance}

{he was a good sport}

{apparently, the complimentary sundae just wouldn't cut it}

{let me introduce you to the "pig's trough"}

{they managed to devour every little bit}

{... which resulted in further embarrassment- another visit from the "parade crew" :)}


  1. if they sold those "troughs" i would totally get them to serve ice cream at home. love, love, love old fashion parlors, diners, anything. what a fun birthday experience!

  2. Oh i love old timey places like that! it looks like a blast and yummy too!

  3. Um, that look of abject horror on his face is awesome. What a trooper. Your Jacob is such a cutie and that party is straight out of 1980. So good, mama.

  4. When did they bring back Farrell's? And where? I used to love that place as a kid!

  5. That look on Jacob's face! Too funny. I love that he was embarrassed multiple times and still took it all in stride. You've got a mature guy there.

    Is it sad that my three little ones can polish off a sundae that size (of course, it takes all three) at our local soda fountain? (And yes, we still have a soda fountain here!) At least I only let them do it once a year, when school's out for the summer. But they don't get a ribbon, just looks of shock and awe from the local establishment. :)

    BTW, Hailey's message on the door is so sweet!

  6. Awwwwww, that looks like so much fun! And that banana split trough...OMG!

  7. This is the cutest post EVER. I couldn't stop smiling through the whole post! Jacob's face made me burst out laughing, what great fun--definitely need to get my butt over there to try it all


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