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What is a Kiddie Park?

Many kiddie parks offer discounted rates for children's birthday parties.
A roller coaster at a kiddie park.
Kids are sometimes too small to ride full size roller coasters, so a kiddie park provides roller coasters that are the right size for them.
Simple foods that kids like, like hot dogs, are often sold at kiddie parks.
Amusement parks may charge for parking.
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A kiddie park is an amusement park for younger children. Some kiddie parks advertise as being for children 12 and under, or six and under, while many just stipulate that the rides are for those 50 inches (1.27 m) or shorter. Parents are usually permitted to accompany very young children on rides such as flying helicopters. A kiddie park often has most of the classic rides found in a regular amusement park — they're just scaled down to size to suit young children. Many kiddie parks have been around for decades and parents who take their children there may remember when they went to the same kiddie park as a child.

Roller coasters are often a popular feature in a kiddie park as younger children aren't usually permitted to ride roller coasters in regular amusement parks. Kiddie roller coasters are usually still thrilling for children, but are better suited to their size and age group. Ferris wheels are also usually smaller and more child-friendly than the regular ones. Kiddie park carousels are usually the same as those found at regular amusement parks.

Some kiddie parks have miniature golf and other attractions besides rides. There may be a petting zoo and/or a miniature train that circles the park. A kiddie park can be a fun place for a children's birthday party. Most kiddie parks don't allow outside food for parties other that a birthday cake and ice cream though, as they usually sell food such as hot dogs there.

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Kiddie cars, or bumper cars, are popular rides at kiddie parks. Some kiddie car rides are individual cars that run along a track. Boat rides in water-filled tracks are also usually a part of a kiddie park. The boats may be large enough to hold several children.

Most kiddie parks sell tickets or books of tickets, for the rides and/or offer an unlimited ride pass for the day. It's best to think of the age of your child and how long you're likely to spend at the park when deciding on which ticket or ride pass option to choose. Once you've visited the Park with your child once, you'll have a better idea of your needs. Some kiddie parks have rides for children as young as one year of age.

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