Hawaii Mom Blog: Off-Island: Adventure City




June 20, 2012

Off-Island: Adventure City

While searching online for things do with our kids during our trip to Southern California, I discovered Adventure City. Despite all my years of traveling to Southern California, and even living there while attending college, I had never heard of Adventure City even though it's been open for many, many years!

After reading more about Adventure City and their rides and attractions on their website, I knew all of my kids, including Musician, who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), would love it!

On the day we arrived, there were many school groups in attendance - there were at least 5 or 6 different classes with at least 20 kids each.  I thought this would result in us having to wait a long time for the various rides, but turns out that there was little or no wait for all of the rides! 

It can be difficult for children to be patient while waiting in long lines, but for kids with an ASD, waiting can even be more problematic.  Fortunately, almost all of the rides at Adventure City were quick, meaning any lines went through quickly as well.

There is a good variety of rides, ranging from those that are "tame" to "thrill," that are perfect for little ones.  Some of the tame rides include the Carousel,  Rescue 911, and the Crank 'n' Roll.

There are several rides that are a bit more adventurous, such as the Barnstormer Planes, Crazy Bus, and Giggle Wheel.

And then there are the "thrill" rides, which include the Freeway Coaster, Tree Top Racers (unfortunately it was closed when we visited), and the Drop Zone.

Throughout the day I heard numerous kids, including my own, comment on how much they loved certain rides, however, what seemed to generate the most excitement out of most of the kids, especially my boys, was not even a ride at all - it was the Rain Room, where fine mists of water are sprayed in a tent.  It was such a fun way to cool off on a very hot day.  My boys didn't want to leave the Rain Room!

The boys also really loved the Thomas the Tank Engine play area.  There is a small table where kids can build tracks, and there's also a big box of Thomas the Tank Engines.  My boys could've spent hours just in that area!

On site there's also an Arcade, a Children's Theater, a Petting Farm, Parker's Fill-Up Station (food and drink), a Party Station and Party Tree House where kids can hold birthday parties, and a gift shop that carries all kinds of fun and colorful items.

I really liked that there is a lot of seating all throughout the park (benches, tables and chairs), which allowed me to sit down with Musician whenever he felt too overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds, and I also liked that there wasn't a huge crowd of people, since crowds can be intimidating for Musician.

Most of the staff we encountered were very friendly, with the exception of one ride operator who did not smile or talk to or acknowledge any of the kids AT ALL, but there was one employee who really stood out, and that was Pat.  Pat, who was at the Thomas the Train kiosk, was pleasant and helpful.  She chatted with me about Baby, and when I asked her if there were any Adventure City brochures, she told me they were in the process of reprinting them so unfortunately they didn't have any available, but she went to the front office area to see if there was anything she could give me with information on Adventure City, and brought back some flyers.

Overall we had a really nice time at Adventure City.  We were there for about two hours, and the boys got to do and ride everything they wanted to without having to wait in very long lines.

If you have little ones, I would highly recommend visiting Adventure City.  The price is reasonable, there is no charge for parking, and there is a nice variety of rides and attractions.  It's truly a hidden gem in Southern California!

Here are more photos I took of Adventure City. Enjoy!

Adventure City: 1238 South Beach Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92804, 714-236-9300
Admission: Child $14.95 (Infants 12 months and younger admitted free); Adult $14.95; Senior $9.95 (55 years and up); Arcade and Climbing Wall not included in admission price.

 Thank you to Adventure City for providing the complimentary admission tickets for my family.

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