The last time I was at Dutch Winter Wonderland was probably about ten years ago, while I was still dating, and most importantly before we had kids! I remembered I loved the light show and walking around, but I had no idea what it would be like with kids.
This past weekend we had the opportunity to take our family for a few hours, and we experienced Dutch Winter Wonderland with kids! I was surprised to learn what was most exciting for our four, six and eight year old.
Our visit lasted about 2.5 hours and at that point, my toes were frozen and we all had our fill of fun.
It was kind of exciting this year that our youngest was tall enough to be a “yellow”, which really made it almost like a date-night for my husband and I. One ride on the Space Shuttle was enough for me and my hubby, but since our kids were all tall enough, we let them go again while we watched. 🙂
The kids were also very excited to enjoy the flying cars, and my hubby and I were just as thrilled to watch them and cheer them on. I can’t even imagine how cold that would be, but the kids LOVED it!
One thing we all enjoyed together though, was the bumper cars. Thankfully our oldest just barely makes the “red” so he could drive his own car while the parents rode with the younger two. So much fun!
And who can visit Dutch Wonderland without trying out the Dutch Wonder House?
One thing I didn’t expect to find was this build your own igloo area. The kids absolutely LOVED this hands on time and I heard many families saying “it’s like visiting the Science Factory!” 🙂 If you’ve been there, you know what I mean.
The lights on the trees and pathways were absolutely beautiful, but our favorites were watching the light show just behind the train and visiting Exploration Island. There is something really entertaining about seeing dinosaurs dressed in santa hats. 😉
If you are visiting Dutch Winter Wonderland this year, I highly recommend making time for the turnpike cars, as there are many lights along the course that really can only be seen from the ride.
Overall we were really impressed with our time at Dutch Winter Wonderland. The lines were not long and many times we could ride immediately after the ride was over, for a second turn. We arrived around 5:30pm and stayed until about 7:45pm.
If you’re looking to save on your visit to Dutch Winter Wonderland, you can get discounted tickets for just $8.99 per person! That’s a $6 savings per ticket. Woohoo!!!!!
Dutch Winter Wonderland is open weekends and evenings, the week after Christmas. Here’s a map of Dutch Winter Wonderland and what all is open.