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My most vivid childhood memories are at amusement parks. I still remember the excitement I felt every time we entered the park – all those rides, people and so much happiness everywhere. Amusement parks are the places where fun, long lasting memories are created. It’s been close to 30 years since I went on my first ride and I can still remember it. I have to admit, not only can I remember every single time I’ve been at an amusement park but I still get excited every time we go.
Experiencing these parks with your children is even more amazing. Seeing their joy, happiness and excitement is so wonderful. My favorite part is that I get to go on most rides with them and share these precious moments.
My oldest had been to Kings Dominion when she was about 18 months old and we had such a great time that when I was approached to visit this amusement park I jumped on the opportunity. My oldest is now four and my youngest is 18 months old. I had a feeling they were going to love and I was so right!
Kings Dominion is an amusement park in Doswell, Virginia For those of us that live in the Washington D.C. area, it’s about a 2 hour drive. What I love about Kings Dominion is that it’s the perfect place for families. They have a whole section dedicated to the little ones called Planet Snoopy but they also have amazing rollercoasters for the older kids and of course, the grown-ups. My husband and I feel like kids again when we go onto those rides – the thrill of it is so addictive!
They also have tons of dinning option, a water park and you can even try your luck at winning prizes. My daughter also loved that they have dinosaurs scattered all over the park. We had to stop by every single one we saw and pretend it was real.
Since my kids are still young I love that Kings Dominion has a dedicated section for them. Planet Snoopy is the largest children’s area in the market and has the most rides for the whole family to experience together. It has so many rides that we actually spent the entire day at Planet Snoopy.
I have to admit when we got there I was a little nervous about how my 18 month old would react since it was her first time going to an amusement park but she absolutely loved it. Every time she got off a ride, she would try to run away from me to get back on. It was so much fun! This is one of the rides they had to do 5 times because they loved it so much:
This is my favorite part of Kings Dominion! I love that I can get on most rides with my kids but the best part is that there are so many rides that even my 18 month old could get on. They say a picture says more than words, so I’m going to show you how much fun my kids had and some of our favorite rides.
This was the first ride my daughter got on, Joe Cool’s Driving School. Let’s just say I am glad she wasn’t driving on a real road. Haha!
This was so much fun! My youngest one kept giggling and the oldest one kept the balloon spinning. It’s called Flying Ace Balloon Race.
Well, it happened. My 4 year old discovered cotton candy!
We even enjoyed a live performance – there was lots of singing and dancing!
Peanuts Turnpike was the only ride both of my little ones could do by themselves and I think it was their favorite. They had to do it so many times and my youngest cried when we finally left.
Kings Dominion is expanding its 14-acre kids’ area. We got experience their three new family thrill rides: Sally’s Sea Plane, Kite Eating Tree, and Peanuts 500. Peanuts 500 was my kids favorite – the youngest one cried when we had to leave.
We even ran into Snoopy characters and got a picture with them. You’ll find different characters walking all over Planet Snoopy and they’re very friendly. You can get pictures with any of them.
Believe it or not we didn’t have enough time to get on all the rides at Planet Snoopy – that’s how many they have but we stayed there until the park closed. As we were leaving we saw a beautiful light show on their water fountains.
Free Pre-K Pass:
Guests ages 3 and up are required to have a ticket to Kings Dominion but this year they’re introducing their Pre-K pass for kids ages 3 – 5. The pass grants complimentary admission to Kings Dominion and Soak City for the entire 2017 season. Yes, you read that right!
The only catch is that this pass must be redeemed before April 30, 2017 at the park. You must register online or via mobile app before arrival and will be asked for proof of age to redeem your pass.
This means if you’re a family like us, with a kid under 3 and one between the ages of 3-5 you won’t have to pay admission for them. All you have to pay is the adult ticket. You can find all the details on the Kings Dominion site. Check out their site for special offers, like “Everyone pays kids price”, season passes and all-inclusive packages.
For me, a big part of childhood is experiencing the thrills of going to amusement parks and Kings Dominion is the ideal place to take your little kids for the first time, and then to keep on taking them. Now that my kids experienced Kings Dominion and we saw how much they love it, we plan to go back several times during this season. I can’t wait!
See more of the highlights of our visit to Kings Dominion:
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