Message from the Chief Commissioner

A day at Luna Park

Thu 14 November 2013

By Maria Carnovale

After weeks of begging, Nicholas' mum finally agreed to take him to Luna Park for a day out on his school holidays. Nicholas had wanted to see the large colourful face and go on the rides for a very long time and now he finally had a chance to visit.

On a warm day with blue skies and sunshine, Nicholas and his mum headed out to Luna Park. Their trip began with a tram ride from the centre of Melbourne, passing people in suits and carrying briefcases. Nicholas looked at the man sitting in front of him and said, "I'm going to Luna Park."

"Wow, I wish I could go to Luna Park too," he said. Then he stood up, and waited for the tram to stop.

"Have fun!" he told Nicholas as he got off the tram.

"It's the next stop," said his mum.

Nicholas' heart raced with excitement as their tram pulled up to Luna Park. Nicholas' mum held his hand tightly as they crossed the road and walked into the entrance.

"Don't let go of my hand Nicholas," said his mum. "This is a big place and there are a lot of people around.  I don't want you getting lost."

But Nicholas wasn't listening. All he could hear was the sound of laughing children and screams of fear from people up high on the terrifying rides.

"Oh look! There's the Ghost Train!" he said pulling away from his mum and running toward the ride.

"Nicholas! Nicholas!" yelled his mum. She searched among people in front of her, pushing and shoving to get through the crowd.

"Nicholas, come back!" she yelled as he disappeared into the maze of people.

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Click here if you want Nicholas to go on the Ghost Train ride


Nicholas to go back to his mum

"Nicholas, come back!"

Nicholas could hear his mum's voice faintly amid the noises around him. He was too short to see over the crowd, and when he crouched down all he could see were hundreds of legs; running, walking, jumping.

He tried to weave back to his mum, but the crowd was very strong and Nicholas was pushed and pulled backwards and forwards until he arrived at an area surrounded by buildings.

Nicholas looked around. There were people everywhere and Nicholas knew that he wouldn't be able to find his mum in this crowd. The signs on the top of the buildings around him were unfamiliar and Nicholas could not read them. But one sign stood out from the rest.

The blue and white squares on a small sign caught his attention and Nicholas headed toward it, knowing that he would be safe when he got there.

Sitting behind a tall desk stood a policeman. His name tag read 'Constable Chris'.

Constable Chris looked up from the newspaper he was reading and saw Nicholas. "Hello, are you lost?" he asked.

"Yes, I let go of my mum's hand and I lost her. Can you help me find her?" Nicholas asked.

"Of course. I'll send out a message on the loud speaker for her to come and pick you up," he said.

Nicholas sat down in the waiting area where Const Chris gave him a glass of water and some cookies.

Within minutes Nicholas' mum walked through the door. Her hair was messy and her face red. She spotted Nicholas sitting in the small room and ran to him. She hugged him and squeezed his face between her hands.

"Don't ever run away from me again!" she said.

"I won't," promised Nicholas.

"Thank you Constable Chris!" Nicholas said as he held his mum's hand tightly and they walked out into the crowds again.

Nicholas and his mum spent the rest of the day going on rides and enjoying their day at Luna Park.

The end



Nicholas to go on the Ghost Train ride

"Nicholas, come back!"

Nicholas could hear his mum's voice faintly amid the noises around him.

He heard the rattling sounds of the Ghost Train as it stopped to let its passengers off and pick up new ones. This caught his attention.

"There's room for one more," yelled the operator to the crowd.

Nicholas knew he couldn't give up this opportunity and dug around in his pockets. He pulled out a handful of coins and gave them to the ride operator.

"Okay, jump on," said the operator.

Nicholas ran to the empty seat on the train and put on his seatbelt. As the train chugged its way into the darkness Nicholas, could see his mum looking for him in the crowd.

"Mum!" yelled Nicholas, waving his arms to get her attention. But she couldn't hear him.

The train went through the doors and Nicholas felt his heart thump with excitement at what was ahead.

"Ahhahahahhaa!" screeched a witch as she whizzed by on her broomstick. Skeletons popped up. Something grazed past Nicholas' shoulder. A chill in the air made the hairs on his arms stand up. The whole time Nicholas screamed and screamed, until he could not scream any more.

Finally, Nicholas saw sunshine up ahead and he started to relax as the train rolled to a stop.

He looked out over the crowd but could not see his mum anywhere.

Something caught his eye. A large board with a picture of an ice cream stood out from the crowd and Nicholas felt his stomach grumble. He reached into his pocket again and rummaged for coins, but this time all he found were a few cents.

Nicholas wished his mum was there.

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Nicholas should look for his mum at the roller coaster

Nicholas was very hungry and tired. He was also overcome by all of the people walking around.

A strange man in tattered clothes approached him.

"Hello little boy," stammered the man. His jacket was torn, his dark hair was messy and he looked dirty.

Frightened, Nicholas ran away from him. As he ran, Nicholas turned back and found the man following him.

"Go away!" yelled Nicholas. "Leave me alone."

Nicholas could see the roller coaster up ahead. He ran as fast as he could until he reached a line of people waiting to ride the roller coaster.

Nicholas scanned the crowd looking for his mum, but all he could see were faces he did not recognise. Rising above the crowd Nicholas could see a woman in a blue hat and realised that she was a police woman.

He approached her and said, "Excuse me?"

The police woman had a very kind face. She noticed that Nicholas was afraid and she bent down to speak to him.

"What's the matter?" she asked.

"Someone's chasing me," said Nicholas.

"It's okay, you're safe now. My name is Constable Kerry," she said.

"Can you tell me what the man looks like?"

Nicholas gave Constable Kerry a detailed description of the man, and then she promised the police would find him and make him leave the park.

As Nicholas spoke to Constable Kerry, a woman ran over to them and, without seeing Nicholas, she said frantically, "Excuse me, I've lost my son, can you help me find him?"

"Mum!" yelled Nicholas, hugging her tightly.

Nicholas told his mum how sorry he was for running away from her and that he would never do it again.

"That's okay, I'm just happy to have you back," she said.

Nicholas and his mum thanked Constable Kerry before she went off to look for the man who had been chasing Nicholas.

"I have a very good description of him, so we shouldn't have any trouble finding him," she told them.

"Now, how about we ride the roller coaster?" asked Nicholas' mum.

"YES!" said Nicholas and he and his mum enjoyed the rest of the day together.

The end


Nicholas should try to steal an ice cream from the shop

Nicholas was feeling very hungry and tired. He craved the ice cream he had seen on the board in front of the shop.

He walked into the shop. The shop was bright and colourful inside and fridges lined the walls, filled with every flavour Nicholas could think of.

"Next," called the woman behind the counter.

Nicholas looked at her nervously. He knew he did not have enough money to pay for the ice cream but he wanted it anyway.

"Maybe as soon as I find mum we can come back to the store and pay for the ice cream," Nicholas thought to himself. He would return the money as soon as he could, he promised.

"Chocolate on a cone please," Nicholas asked the woman behind the counter.

She handed him the cone and before she could ask for the money Nicholas had run from the shop with his ice cream.

Hiding behind the shop, licking his ice cream, Nicholas was spotted by the woman who had served him. Beside her was a police woman.

Nicholas was afraid and wanted to run away but he knew he would be in even more trouble if he did, so he stayed still until the police woman approached him.

"It's wrong to steal from people," said the police officer.

"I know, I'm sorry," said Nicholas.

He explained to Sergeant Suzanne that he couldn't find his mum and had no money to pay for the ice cream.

"I'm going to have to take you to the station and we'll try to find your mum," Sgt Suzanne said. "I don't think she'll be very happy with you."

They walked to the police station, and when they arrived, there stood Nicholas' mum at the front counter.

"Mum!" yelled Nicholas and he ran toward her.

"Don't ever run away from me again," she said.

Sgt Suzanne shook Nicholas' mum's hand and introduced herself.

"We should talk about what your son has been up to," she said.

After what seemed like hours, Sgt Suzanne and Nicholas' mum came out of an office. Nicholas could tell by the look on his mum's face that she was not happy with him.

"It's going to be a long time before I take you to Luna Park again," said Nicholas' mum.

The end

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