Dutch Wonderland‘s tagline of “A Kingdom for Kids” couldn’t be more perfectly fitting. Upon walking through the castle gates, you enter a land of fairytales-come-true. There are princesses and dragons (all friendly, of course), kiddie rides galore, a water park, and magic.
I still remember going here as a kid and being wowed. (Most specifically, I remember my grandparents taking me, sailing down a sliding board into a puddle of mud and my grandma hauling me to a store across the street to get a new outfit because I was a hot mess, but this is another story…).
I remember the mezmerizing-to-kids Dutch Wonderland signature features: the giant pretzel, the milkable cow (not real), the mini church, the birthday cake you could walk through and the gingerbread house with the teeny bakers-at-work.
A few days ago, my family got to spend the day at Dutch Wonderland, and one of my favorite parts was watching my daughter as enraptured with those gingerbread bakers as I used to be:
We visited on a gorgeous day, and I think my son would have played in the water park area for forever if we had let him. I love Dutch Wonderland‘s water area because it is truly little-kid friendly. It is isn’t too huge, so it’s easy to keep track of your little ones. There are three separate areas: one for little little kids, one for water gun-shooting and other water play, and another with three not-enormous slides that are very well-manned by life-guards. All are closely lined by lounge chairs for parents who want to grab a seat, but still keep a close eye on their kids. In short, it’s a paradise for both kids and adults.
After running around the water park all morning and breaking for lunch, it was then time to hit the rest of the park. We were all excited to visit Exploration Island with its new-for-2104 dinosaur exhibit and take a spin on the remodeled Turnpike:
Then we were off to (not-so-scary) roller coasters, the big flume ride, bumper cars, a family boat cruise and few old-fashioned kiddie rides for good measure.
Let’s be honest: a day at an amusement park with kids is never a relaxing event as a parent, but Dutch Wonderland makes a big day out pretty darn easy and fun. It is truly a child-friendly park. All of the rides are geared for little ones. While my husband took our son on some of the “bigger” rides that my daughter was still too small for (The Kingdom Coaster and the bumper cars), there were loads of toddler-friendly rides (and gingerbread exhibits) within easy reach to keep us amused as we waited for the guys.
All of us had fun and were thoroughly delighted with our day in the Kingdom. The only thing I’m left wishing for? That we get to back again very soon.
*****Thank you to Dutch Wonderland for hosting our family for the day! Our delight in the park is 100% genuine, as is our desire to return ASAP!*****