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Lagos Living || The Apapa Amusement Park.

Sunday, 15 January 2017
RELIEVING MY CHILDHOOD.

I've had this post in my drafts for a short while now but wasn't quite sure of how well it would be received. In the spirit of feeding my inner child and because I said there would be more Lagos living posts this year in my blog recap, so here goes!

If you were born, bred and buttered in Lagos, you probably know of/have pictures of you taken at the Apapa amusement park posing in front of one of the rides while your mum egged you on to smile.
I have vague memories of my own trip down there as a kid, but I remember the carousel because there is this particular picture of a crying me sitting next to my mum and aunt with it looming in the background.

The Apapa amusement park was the in spot for kids in Lagos back then but then as with almost every good thing in Lagos, poor maintenance happened and it shut down.
When I heard that it was being renovated, it brought back childhood memories (though hazy) and I knew I just had to go back to see for myself and this time etch it in my memory, especially now that I'm old enough to never forget. Lol
Going there on this particular day wasn't planned though. I mentioned in my last taking stock post that I planned to get on a train ride to Abeokuta for a mini adventure. Well, that never happened because we (my adventure buddies) and I got to the train station in the morning hoping to have a day full of exploring, only to find out that the train wasn't going to show up for some reason best known to them. 
Since we were already on the Apapa axis, I suggested we check out the park. The Apapa amusement park is located at Number 1 Randle road in Apapa, but I doubt you need the address to find it because it is a popular spot. 

I really wasn't expecting the beauty I stumbled on when we got there. Like, At all! It looked like something out of a super mario game or a disney cartoon. The architecture, colours and just about everything was super impressive. Just the right amount of spacious, pretty enough to make for dope pictures - I must say that I actually felt like a child again that day.
We got there pretty early in the morning and because it was a week day, it was practically empty (which I liked anyways). I was content and happy just taking in the sights of the place that getting on a ride wasn't on my mind. I can't really remember how the lady in charge broke down the costs for us but you can peep the picture of the price list up there. We didn't get to pay anything though, since we weren't getting on a ride and just wanted to have a look around. 
Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to use our camera inside which was really heartbreaking, do I had to make do with my Infinix Hot S, which I reviewed Here

Aside from the rides (which they have a variety of) there is also an indoor games center, events center and food court too.
Because the initial plan was to go to Abeokuta, climb the olumo rock and see some other historical sites, I decided to go super comfy with my high waisted shorts that I like to call mom shorts (I mean, if there are mom jeans - there should be mom shorts too right? Lol), oversized print shirt that was initally tucked out for an easy breezy feel, my lucy daves sandals and a face cap for the sun.  
I had a pretty good time at the amusement park and I intend to visit again to get on the rides and release my inner child.
Have fond memories of the amusement park as a kid? Please sharee! That should be pretty fun to read. 
Also, have you been to there lately. What did you think of the new look?
As always, feel free to share and let's connect!

Update : Googled mom shorts and yup! That's what it's actually called. Hehe

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29 comments on "Lagos Living || The Apapa Amusement Park."
  1. Looked super cool... would sure add this to one of my must visit spot for when next i'm in naija.
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    1. Lol hopefully by then, they wouldn't have ruined it again

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  2. I can hardly remember my experience there as a kid but like you I have some pictures of myself there LOL. I should really go there (literally take my ass out of the house on weekends & go somewhere different sef) one of these days. Love the outfit and yeah let's make Mom shorts a thing!
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    1. Your wish is my command! Will do a mom short style post next! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
      You should - it really is such a super cool place, you would be surprised!

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  3. The photos are so pretty!! And it looks pretty good. Can't remember my child hood experience there, and it'll e good to go back sometime.


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  4. This is breathtaking like I can't believe this is the same place I went to as a child . Ps I went just once and was like 10 thereabout ,I'm definitely going to checkout this place asap. Add me to your adventure buddies biko Γ‰jΓ³ πŸ™πŸΌ
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    1. Likeeeeeeee! I was so surprised and amazed myself. Totally an Ineverexperredit moment for me

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  5. My experience there as a child while I still lived in Lagos is hazzy but I'm sure I enjoyed it then. Hope to revisit when next I'm in Lagos.

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    1. Lol I think we all can't really remember our time there. You know what that implies right? We were all really young thenπŸ˜‚

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  6. Well I have no memories from there seeing how I never lived In Lagos, but I can relate to having memories of places that are so blurred that I'm not even sure if I actually remember or it's just the stories I heard that I'm envisioning lol... Lol love your print shirt and the mom shorts, can you believe that I was actually thinking about how it looks like. Mom jeans and if they were anything like 'mom shorts or knickers? BTW, infinix hot S camera is the bomb!!! Like. Really!!

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  7. Apapa amusement was the inthing for us back then. So happy it has been renovated at least my children can go there in the nearest future. And your shorts mehn, 😍😍😍😍😍... www.adagirl.com.ng

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  8. Never visited the amusement park :( and I've been in lag all my life lol. Lovely pictures and I love your outfit.
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  9. I grew up in Lagos but I've never visited the park before. It looks so beautiful, that yellow colour is stunning. Love your shorts, you look like you came straight out of the 90's! xx
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  10. What a beautiful park! Will love to take my baby there some day.


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  11. I remember going to the park a loooooong time ago.I got on this ride that almost made me have a heart attack,and I promised myself I would never go there.But seeing a glimpse of it now makes me really want to go back.

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  12. Nice!!I never went there as a child.I only heard of it.I'd like to take my kids there,then we will all unleash as I didn't experience it at the right age na.lol

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  13. your pictures look really good, in my own case, they let us take pictures when I went there some months ago!!

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  14. Ayeee I want your shorts. Outfit on fleek. I haven't been to Apapa Amusement Park before but I will try to this year.
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    1. You can't have it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  15. Those photos are so beautiful, did you colour co-ordinate with the park? lol@ mom jeans

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    1. Lol! I had absolutely no idea that the park had those colours too. Thanks Dami

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  16. I've practically lived in Lagos ALL my life and never visited there as a kid tho my dad used to tell us about the amusement park. I first saw the renovated looks on Dee Mako's blog then Thonia Bankz and Tonye Igbani. I should definitely drag some people along someday mainly for the pictures tho. On to the outfit, I actuallly agree with the "Mom Shorts" theory and I mentioned it in one of my posts feels like you read my mind definitely a laid-back Kool Keed outfit.
    P.S - for the sake of clarity does it mean y'all didnt pay a kobo because you were just looking around? or you paid the 1k5 as entrance fee. Your response would be highly appreciated :D

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    1. Yes we didn't pay anything. I was also surprised because I was expecting that we would at least pay an entrance fee of some sort but my guess is that maybe they djdnt bother us because it was a weekday, still early in the morning and no other customers were around.

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  17. I just love the pictures

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  18. I'm reading this late but oh boy, this apapa amusement park looks pretty cool! And the pictures were well taken too!!

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  19. As a kid, my mom never missed an opportunity to take us to amusement park because she went there alot with her family even when she was pregnant with my elder brother.
    I remember all the good times we had and just last month I took my nephews to the new amusement park because I treasure my memories from the park and I want them to have the same memories too. I miss the former Horror house and the ferris wheel but I'm glad to have my amusement park back.
    It brings out the child in me.

    Shuga dupri.

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