8 Best Amusement Parks and Other Toddler-Friendly Outings
Today’s trends of the biggest, tallest and fastest roller coasters mean most small children don’t meet the height requirements to join the fun. Luckily, you have alternative options. These eight amusement parks are located around the world but they all have something in common. Each one caters to the needs and wants of toddler-aged children, ensuring they have age-appropriate attractions to enjoy with their families. Which one will you visit first?
Legoland in Carlsbad, California, has always been popular but with the recent Lego movies and video games, its popularity is surging even more. Each of the 60 attractions, shows and rides at the amusement park are tailored to children with many for children as young as two years old. Enjoy a trek through The Lego Movie Experience, where you can see the last scene of the movie come to life or take your three-year-old to get a paper driver's license at Volvo Driving School. Other attractions include a kiddie dinosaur roller coaster, a royal joust and Miniland, a place to view a gallery of models. Legoland takes pride in offering a safe environment and even includes key locks on the train ride to ensure kids can't climb out during the ride. Don't forget to stop in for some locally grown produce at the Fun Town Market.
If your toddler spends hours watching Disney movies, he or she will love visiting Disney's Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida. While the park has more than 35 rides, the true joy is often found in the other types of entertainment. Your toddler will get to meet his or her favorite characters, enjoy spectacular fireworks shows and even see an electrical water pageant. Be sure to check out A Pirate's Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas. This interactive quest allows the entire family to unlock magic portals and fight Disney's most notorious villains. Parents will love the technology aspects Disney has to offer. The park now allows you to purchase a FastPass for up to three rides up to two months in advance. Use them to get on some of the most popular ones, including Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. You'll avoid the lines and the kids will stay happy because you'll be able to check out other attractions until it's your turn to ride.
The United States doesn't have a monopoly on awesome attractions for the little ones. Located in Vaughn, Ontario, Canada’s Wonderland added the kid-friendly Planet Snoopy in 2010. The park also offers Kidsville, which debuted in 1998 and is geared specifically toward toddler-aged children. Rides in each section are scaled down to be safe for your little ones. In addition, the park provides baby care centers, stroller rentals and dining options that small kids will love.
4. Story Land
Located in Glen, New Hampshire, Story Land is the perfect amusement park for preschoolers. From Whirling Whales to Alice's Tea Cup, most of the rides in this amusement park were created specifically for children seven years old or younger. Don't forget to check out the Roar-o-Saurus roller coaster and the raft ride, both of which are fun for the entire family. If you want to spend two days at a park but don't want to spend two days' worth of money, visit Story Land in the last three hours of operation. The park will give you free admission the next day.
Who wouldn't want to visit a park in a city called Santa Claus? Based in Indiana, Holiday World and Splashin' Safari is a family-owned, family-friendly theme park that is perfect for those of you who hope to skip the large crowds at an internationally known park. The holiday-themed destination does have a few roller coasters but is really made for the kids. Your toddlers will be in awe as they watch the high-dive acts or listen to Santa Claus tell them a story. This park is truly a great choice for those who wish to save a bit of money. Admission covers unlimited drinks, parking, life jackets, sunscreen and access to an air-conditioned room for nursing mothers. For a small fee, you can rent lockers, pet kennels, strollers, wagons and wheelchairs.
Located in New Forest National Park in the United Kingdom, toddlers love visiting Paultons Park and meeting Peppa Pig. This child-friendly area includes seven different attractions such as George's Dinosaur Adventure and Peppa's Big Balloon Ride. There is even an indoor soft play zone. Don’t forget to check out the splash park, play a round of mini-golf and visit the LA 4D cinema.
During your world tour of toddler theme parks, be sure to check out Kidzania. Geared toward children who are too short for many rides in larger theme parks, this amusement park provides educational fun by allowing your children to learn about and experience more than 70 professions. Allow your kids to get a taste of grown-up life by allowing them to earn Kidzos — the park's official money — by working. Parents, the park hasn't forgotten you. You can sit nearby and sip a cup of coffee with peace of mind because each child is fitted with a security bracelet so they can't get far if they wander off.
If you're taking the kids with you to Japan, make sure you plan a trip so they can visit Sanrio Puroland. With appearances by Hello Kitty and My Melody, any child who loves Sanrio characters will be elated. You can even take your son or daughter on a boat ride with their beloved favorite characters. Roam boardwalks, take pictures with the characters and enjoy one of the many live performances. Afterward, be sure to grab lunch at Sanrio’s Rainbow World Restaurant.
Regardless of which park you decide to visit, be safe about it. Keep identification on your children, pack plenty of sunscreen and have a plan in case someone gets lost. Be sure to follow KAMO across the web. You can find us on Facebook (kaofamily), Instagram (kamofamily) and Twitter (@kamo_family)