Summer’s coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. If you’re looking to squeeze one more awesome family activity look no further than Santa’s Village in East Dundee. Celebrating 60 years of family fun, Santa’s Village offers those nostalgic classic rides we all know and love to unique animal encounters. Here are 6 reasons why you’ll want to visit Santa’s Village before the summer ends.
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Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to facilitate this review. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own
Good ol’ Classic Fun
With over 24 rides, families will find plenty to ride without being overwhelmed. We love taking our time letting each kid pick the ride or activity to do. If you’re nostalgic at all, you’ll love Santa’s Village for their classic rides. The kids had a fun time on the Roto-Whip which used to be at Kiddieland. Take a spin in the classic Snowball Ride where you can twirl and spin inside a snowball to your heart’s content.
Their newest ride, The Super Cyclone Roller Coaster, looked really fun. Slowly ascend the top of Xtreme Elevation then zoom down 140 feet. Spin round and round on Tri-Nado and Mega Velocity.
Befriend the animals
In every nook and cranny, you’ll find animals. In fact, as you walk around the park you’ll find over 200 animals. Feed friends like rabbits and skunks in Old MacDonald’s Barn.
Find unique animals like a cavy, muntjacs, or a kinkajou. And you may have guessed, Santa’s reindeer also makes an appearance. To really get to know the animals, drop in during their animal shows. Animal keepers bring out some of the park’s animals so you can get to know them a little better. We got to meet the cutest little porcupine, Porky the Porcupine.
My kids are crazy for games especially when prizes are involved. We took a little break and spent time at Game Alley where they went fishing and picked out ducks. I thought it was really cool that no matter how you did in the game, everyone came out with a prize! (A great way to avoid meltdowns!) Another fun activity was gem mining. They couldn’t believe how many treasures they found!
Plenty of food choices
I’m currently on a Dole Whip kick — whenever I see it available, you better believe I make a beeline for it! Family favorites are also available like fresh grilled burgers and hot dogs (a must at Route 66 Grill.!) Don’t forget about amusement park staples like ice cream, Kona Ice, and funnel cake.
Fun photo ops
You’ve reached the land of Santa Claus and you’ll find plenty of Instagram-worthy opportunities. Touch the North Pole, see colorful buildings and mushrooms dotting the landscape. All ready for the picture-perfect opportunity!
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Meet Santa and friends
If you didn’t know, Santa makes his home at Santa’s Village and good boys and girls are able to tell him their Christmas wish lists. If you’re lucky, you may even see Princess Tinselbella, the daughter of the Snow Queen and Snow King.
Tips to Enjoy Santa’s Village:
- Stay tuned for splashing fun! You’ll now have another great reason to visit Santa’s Village — to cool off at Santa Springs. The weather may have caused delays in opening this summer but it surely looks like it’s going to be splash-tastic, and we can’t wait to splash away once it opens!
- Feel free to bring snacks and food. They have plenty of picnic tables. Note: Coolers are an extra $5.
- Opt for the Ultimate Experience Package. You’ll save money in the end!! For $39.99 you’ll receive admission into the park , a combo lunch meal, game play, one feed cup in the barn, one feed stick in the aviary, and one Prospector mining bag. A great value if you ask me.
- Military and their family are free! Yep, military and their family are free with an ID. If you are a veteran, admission is only $14.99/person.
- Check their website for fun events. They always have something fun going on!
- For a magical time, you MUST visit during the holidays. Read all about it here.
Location: 601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee
Hours: Check website for schedule.
Prices: Admission is $24.99 per person (Monday – Friday) and $26.99 per person (Weekends and Holidays); buy tickets online to save more. Save money with an Ultimate Experience Package.
Parking: Plenty of FREE parking. (Yes, that’s right — FREE!)