We’ve all heard the saying, “a penny for your thoughts?” Well, how about a smile? A laugh?
These days, a penny doesn’t get your much. In fact, they’ve now been removed from Canadian currency. But, throughout the United States, I’ve come across some old-fashioned fun that put the wee, copper piece to good use — penny rides.
I remember the first time I saw one of these classic pony rides, approximately one year ago. I could see the glaring “1 cent” sign from the cash register area in a grocery store. I walked over half expecting to see the crossed out penny fee with a more updated $1 sign. To my surprise, the ride still cost one cent.
I love stumbling across these fun treasures when traveling. They’re like hidden gems. I feel like it gives kids a taste of that pure, innocent joy that childhood should be made of.
I’m very grateful that some places still understand the value of a smile.