Best Theme Park Attractions for Little Kids in North America
Sesame Place in Pennsylvania
Most theme parks offer some areas and attractions designed to delight their youngest visitors, but some go much further. Some amusement parks are entirely designed for the wee set with just the right amount of thrills for toddlers and preschoolers. If you're travelling, here's our roundup of parks that are perfect for the pint-sized.
Magic Kingdom at Disney World
Magic Kingdom is the ultimate destination where fairytale dreams do come true for little ones. Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Disney World. Little kids love the classic Disney rides: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan's Flight, It's a Small World, or visiting Cinderella's Castle. While the rides get all the buzz, very often it’s meeting the Disney characters that becomes the highlight of a child’s visit. You'll easily get swepted up in the spectacle of splendid parades and fireworks shows. Disney World recently unveiled Fantasyland, a new expansion at Magic Kingdom where visitors are immersed in the popular Disney films The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Venture through lush landscapes, discovering roaring waterfalls and royal castles along the way. Magic Kingdom is the quintessential "Walt Disney World Park" and is one of the most visited in the world.
Seuss Landing at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Island of Adventure’s version of a "kiddie section" brings you Seuss Landing where Dr. Seuss' delightful children's book comes to life. The bright colours and playful music are bound to bring anyone on a trip back to childhood. There are plenty of activities and rides for kids here, such as The Cat in the Hat ride, the One Fish Two Fish attraction, the Carou-Seuss-el, and If I Ran the Zoo, a children's playground. Ride in the Sky Trolley Train Ride gives you a birds eve view of Seuss Landing and actually travels inside Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoopendous, a fun family dining experience where strange creatures perform and acrobats twirl high overhead. The fun ramps up even more during the holiday season when "Grinchmas" comes to Seuss Landing.
Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania
In Langhorne, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia is Sesame Place – an entire theme park devoted to the Sesame Street neighbourhood and characters, with themed rides, shows, water attractions, Elmo's World, character meals, and more – all suited to very young children. Attractions include: Sesame Place Vapor Trail, a child's "first" roller coaster; Elmo's World which includes the cute Flying Fish ride; Sunny Day Carousel; and Net'n'Climbs, three-stories high, hundreds of feet of net tunnels and climbing fun. The park also features water attractions that include Little Birds Birdbath, a big shallow pool with fountains; raft tubes slides and waterslides; Big Bird's Rambling River, 1000-ft. river float; and The Count’s Splash Castle, a multi-level interactive water-play attraction. Families can enjoy live shows with audience interaction, and musical parades with favourite characters.
Planet Snoopy at Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland, in Vaughan, Ontario, is "the roller coaster capital of Canada" – which can be a scary thought, if you're visiting with little kids. Fear not: Wonderland has a "Planet Snoopy" with rides such as Character Carrousel, Ghoster Coaster, Lucy's Tugboat, Sally's Love Buggies, and many more, as well as other zones designed for pint-sized guests. Kids of all ages can have fun with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang in Planet Snoopy! Coupled with the fun of KidZville, the park’s children’s areas are sure to thrill little riders as they fly, whirl, and swoop through their day!
LEGOLAND California is a 128-acre theme park designed for kids ages two to twelve with roller coasters and other rides, mini-lands made from millions of LEGO bricks, waterplay attractions, a club house for playing with LEGO bricks, and lots more. The park features all kinds of fun for that age group. Toddlers can play with a double-sized version of the LEGO that's easier for tiny hands to build with (and not a choking hazard). You can also take them on a Safari Trek ride, where they might spot animals – made of LEGOs, of course. Tiny tots can enjoy a little boat ride along Fairy Tale Brook, or splash in Water Works, a water-play area. The park has several shows, including some for preschoolers at the theater in Explore Village.
Nickelodeon Universe at The Mall of America
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota features one of the largest indoor theme park in the country: Nickelodeon Universe. The park features 24 rides in 7 acres. The popular rides include the first indoor, looping roller coaster in the world. You can also experience rides like the twirling SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock, and much more. What your toddlers will really love is the meet-and-greet events with Nickelodeon characters that are held every day.
What other toddler-friendly amusement parks have you visited?