We received free admission and had other expenses covered in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine.
Living in Southern California – we’re about 2 hours away from 4 major theme parks. We’ve been to 3 of the 4. After each trip, Jon and I sit around and wonder – are we amusement park parents? It’s hard to know. Because of our close proximity, there are a LOT of friends that are always at one of the parks on any given day. What we see on Facebook & Instagram share the happy moments. No doubt – there is a lot we don’t see. After a long day in the sun, walking everywhere, kids hot, whining, lines for bathrooms, little places for rest, it can make a lot of us wonder why we save up, gather up, and walk through the turnstiles.
It’s these moments we capture, without the distraction of tvs, ipads, iphones, that sum up the why. Why we work hard to pay for tickets, why we walk around all day in the SoCal sunshine, why we wait in line for the bathroom, why we buy little trinkets and souvenirs for them to remember the day.
This past weekend all five of us ventured to Knott’s Spooky Farm to check out the attractions offered for the kids . I’ve been to Knott’s Scary farm a few times (it’s VERY scary) and I love the fun approach they have for the little ones. Every weekend in October (And on Halloween!), Knott’s Berry Farm has 7 different family fun attractions to visit. We wandered around Camp Snoopy most of the day and we ventured into the Spooky Hallow Maze. There was a talking pumpkin as we walked in and both kids were a bit scared (or, they could have been slightly exhausted as it was past nap time). Aubrey was a sport and joined her Daddy for a photo op as two crows.
The kids are finally big enough (and brave enough!) to venture off on the rides that don’t need us with them. Luke LOVES trains and he loved making his own little “train” move along the tracks. Ride: Huff and Puff
When you need a break, venture to catch Monsters Are Coming Charlie Brown at the Camp Snoopy Theater (3 showings at 1, 2:30 and 5). When we visited earlier in the spring, this was one of the kids’ favorite things because of all the fun music for them to dance to. This contained some more awesome Spooky Songs (Monster Mash & Thriller to name a few!) and the kids were dancing all over the place.
Ryan was a champ all day. He really didn’t catch any zzz’s until I was on the carousel with the big kids and Jon was pushing him around. But he chilled all day in his stroller and came out a few times because it was a tad warm. He waved to everyone at the Camp Snoopy Theater too, and worked on improving his clapping skills.
Normally whenever we have all three kids, Jon and I do a divide and conquer – I take the baby and he is in charge of the two kids. This trip to Knott’s Spooky Farm we made sure we all had some time with everyone. Luke loved riding in the Camp Bus and I loved hearing him squeal with delight!
There was so much to look at as we walked around. For dinner we wandered over to the Fiesta Village and we enjoyed tostadas as the kids ran around the open market. The village had little vendors to purchase different items to celebrate Dia de los Muertos and Luke said he found his daughter. Not really sure how to take that one.
(His daughter is on the left in the orange and purple.)
One of the best things for Camp Snoopy was the ability for the kids to dress up in costumes. We purchased some costumes that would be more appropriate for the heat – Aubrey was a butterfly fairy and Luke was a rockstar. They lasted quite a bit in the costumes. We saw lots of other littles ones dressed up as well.
Visit Knott’s Berry Farm to purchase your tickets (insider tip! Order with at least 3 days advance notice online and save money!)
So are we amusement park parents? We’re learning. We’re learning that the kids will get tired, they’ll want every single item they see as you walk around. You’ll need patience, lots of water (you can bring your own in a small soft cooler), and an optimistic attitude.
And remember, they’re only young once. and if you go on 15 rides, or 5, every part of the day will end up being their favorite. Because it’s you and them, and a heck of a lot of fun.
Check out Knott’s Berry Farm for more details including hours of operation for the special Halloween Festivities.