This post has been sponsored by Santa’s Village; however, all opinions here are my own.
I don’t know about you guys, but summer really snuck up on us quickly here — I can’t believe the kids are almost out of school already! So since we’re on the hunt for family-friendly activities, Santa’s Village Azoosment Park is on our radar. Have you been recently?
Santa’s Village is located in East Dundee, Ill., so it’s easily accessible from both Chicago and Rockford. Its walkable layout, family friendly rides, and animal shows make it an especially good choice for younger kids.
Santa’s Village is now officially open for its 57th season, and you’ll for sure want to check out the newly restored Snowball Ride. Remember this one? Check out the nostalgic photo above if you loved Santa’s Village at a kid, and remember back to when you got the chance (starting all the way back in 1962) to twirl and spin inside a snowball — even in the middle of summer. 😉
A family favorite that was eventually phased out in the late 1980s, the Snowball Ride originally featured five snowballs twirling alongside the snowman in the middle. After a painstaking restoration process, the restored attraction maintains the look & feel of the original but now features 12 snowballs and can fit 48 riders. (Children under 48″ must be accompanied by an adult.)
Other park improvements this year
This year’s other park improvements feature an expansion of the reptile collection and some beloved kid-friendly rides, including:
- Mega Velocity. This new high-speed classic scrambler ride includes whirling, twirling, twisting, and all-around thrills. Rotating cars change force and directions rapidly for mega good times. Riders 36”-48” must be accompanied by an adult.
- Mighty Mate. A ride designed for some of the littler buccaneers, this pirate-themed swinging ship mimics the waves of the ocean and gently swings back and forth. Must be 36″ to ride.
- Exotic Animals, Petting Zoo. New additions to the family! Plus watch for daily “Keeper Talks” that give up close and more personal access to exotic and exciting animals from around the globe.
- Expanded food service. Food service at Santa’s Village is provided by Rosati’s, and features pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and more.
Fodor’s Travel voted Santa’s Village one of the top ten family-friendly amusement parks in the country, so put it on your list to check out this summer. Regular admission prices are $22.75 for ages 3 and up and $16.75 for seniors from Tuesday- Sunday. Santa’s Village offers a Super Senior Saver on Mondays only for $14.75. Season passes are also available, and active military and their immediate family are admitted free with an active duty status ID. (Veterans receive discounted $16.75 admission with military ID.)
The park will be open weekends only through Memorial Day, then moves to full seven day a week summer operation from June 13-August 12. Starting on August 13 they’ll be back to weekends only for the fall, all the way through Saturday 10/31.