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Creative Dad Gives His Toddler A Ride On Roller Coaster From Their Own Living Room.

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Parents play all kinds of fun games with their kids because they’re fun ways to merge real life with the make-believe world.

Dad Terrance Gay went above and beyond for his daughter, Kayla, when he came up with a game that made her feel like she was riding a real-life roller coaster, right in their own home.


Earlier this year, Kayla’s mom, Zena, posted a Facebook video of her daughter sitting in a laundry basket on her dad’s knees in front of the TV. But they weren’t watching a boring old show, they were fusing reality with make-believe… and in the coolest way ever!

Terrance bounces the basket to mimic the vibration felt on a roller coaster, doing his best to simulate what was happening on the TV screen… Kayla was slowly climbing the first hill on a (very fun) ride.


In the video, which was shot by Mom, Kayla is giggling, squealing, and thoroughly enjoying the experience. She tells her father, “Be careful, Dad!” as they round one of the coaster’s corners. Meanwhile, Terrance and Zena try desperately to hold in their laughter so as not to take away from the wonderful ride their daughter is having.


Since its posting, the video has been viewed more than 46 million times!

Terrance had no idea that his game of imagination would result in the family going viral. As comments piled up, many people have left notes applauding the dad while others shared memories of games with their parents. Several more fans said they, too, felt like they were on the roller coaster right with Kayla.


Terrance and Zena definitely know how to parent… but they shouldn’t be surprised if, in a few years, they realize they’ve raised a roller coaster junkie!

Check out the fun ride in the video below, and don’t forget to share with your friends.

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