Last Sunday, my family and I went to Adventure City amusement park in Anaheim. I found out about it through the blog socalfieldtrips.com. I’m so glad I learned about it because it not only caters to 2 – 10 year-olds, but it’s the perfect place to introduce a toddler to amusement park rides. Adventure City is a short one hour drive from Los Angeles, so it’s the perfect day trip. Here are five reasons why Adventure City is the perfect amusement park for toddlers.
It’s small in size but big on fun
Adventure City packs a lot of fun in a small space. The rides and attractions are in close proximity to one another, which means you can cover more ground in a short amount of time. Also, if you want to go on a ride more than once, you don’t have to trek very far or wait too long. The average wait time for a ride is less than ten minutes.
It’s priced right
General Admission to the park is $16.95 for ages one through 54. Infants 12 months and under are admitted free, and the senior citizen rate is $11.95. The prices are not only reasonable, but a great bang for the buck because the rides are unlimited. This is a great value for toddlers because their attention span is short, and almost the entire park is dedicated to them.
Seven of the eleven rides are toddler friendly
Most of the rides do not have a height or age requirement when riding with an adult. Here’s a brief overview of the toddler-friendly rides we experienced:
Adventure City Express Train
The Adventure City Express Train is a ride-on, mini train for adults and children alike. It tours the perimeter of the park and allows you to see the rest of the rides the park has to offer. It’s a great initial-ride if it’s your first visit to Adventure City.
Crank ‘n’ Roll
This mini-train runs on “kid-power” – children crank the handles to move. Adults can give their child a “boost” by pushing them along. My two-year old really enjoyed this.
The carousel is a classic favorite. This vintage carousel, built in 1946, sits in the center of the park.
This was my toddler’s first-ever “thrill ride.” It’s a bus that swoops in a circle. She was a bit terrified, so we only went on this once. Other kids really enjoyed it.
These are planes that fly in a circle that you can control up or down. This was one of my daughter’s favorite rides. We rode on it twice.
These self-driving service vehicles are a park favorite. It may be difficult to choose between a fire truck, ambulance, or police car, you may have to ride more than once! Kids can also try on the service uniforms provided.
This is a mini version of a ferris wheel. It’s a fun way to see below and wave “hello” to everyone from the top.
The park is travel themed
I really like how Adventure City is not centered around characters, but rather the actual function of the ride is itself. This allowed my toddler to not be fixated on a ride merely because character representation. In that respect, I feel the activities are educational as well as fun.
After an entertaining comedy show at the Children’s Theater hosted by a person and a puppet, everyone was invited to the front of the stage for a dance party. They played some party dance songs such as The Macarena, and The Cha Cha Slide. It was the cutest thing to see the kids dance.
Know before you go
- Birthday parties are a really good deal and the party rooms look amazing. Check out the website for the latest deals on birthday party packages.
- They don’t allow you to bring outside food (other than baby food, baby formula or breast milk), but there are picnic tables right outside the entrance where you can enjoy a picnic. Hand stamps are available for same day return.
- Parking is free!
- There is a rock climbing wall which you can use for an additional fee (fun pass points). If you want to do Rock Climbing, you must wear closed toed shoes
- The Petting Farm is a lot of fun. We saw someone catch a chicken during our visit.
- Join the Free E-Club a month before your visit for special promotions, discounts, and park information.
1238 South Beach Blvd
(between Ball and Cerritos)
(in the Hobby City Complex)