For parents taking their babies on summer outings, it's not just a matter of where and when — they also have to think about what to pack for food and keep it safe for their little ones. So when Toronto native Melissa Hart took her 15-month-old son, Max, to Canada's Wonderland this weekend, she was astonished to find out the food she'd packed for him wasn't allowed in.
According to a post on her blog, Naps and Sprinkles, the guard at the gate informed Hart she could only bring in one snack for her baby, despite him only having four teeth, which makes it difficult to eat much that's available in the park. The lunch bag contained a baby yogurt, a fruit pack and a peanut butter sandwich.
Hart claims the person at the gate told her there was too much food for one baby, and one snack would be enough.
The food available at Canada's Wonderland, like most amusement parks, skews heavily toward deep-fried options, though there some healthier meals available in the form of chicken salads. The park also started offering an "All Day Dining Plan" in 2014, reports Canada.com, which allows guests all the food they want (with a 90-minute wait between meals).
The official food policy for Canada's Wonderland is that no outside food is allowed in, though guests can use the public picnic area outside the gates for any meals they bring.
The Toronto Star quotes Dineen Beaven, spokesperson for the park, as saying toddler and baby food can be brought into the park, and this policy will be reinforced with front gate staff to ensure no further misunderstandings.
Hart, for her part, had her recently purchased season's passes refunded, and plans not to return to Canada's Wonderland. "Dear Wonderland," she writes on her blog, "I’m sorry that my child screwed with your profits so badly by bringing his three items in with him."
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