Adventure City – Anaheim, CA
Lo and behold, our Disneyland annual passes are blocked out through most of the summer, so our marked desperation to do something with ourselves led us to my third Toddler Friendly Activity, Adventure City.
My husband found it online and we liked what we saw. “The Little Theme Park” is their websites catch phrase, and that is exactly what we were in the market for. A small theme park for our very small person.
As we followed our navigation through the streets of Anaheim, I do admit that I began to question our decision. As we pulled into the parking lot, I agreed to get out and have a look at the place, but was pretty sure I would be redirecting my families weekend excursion. All I saw was the semi abandoned old strip mall parking area and didn’t have high hopes for what was around the corner.
Once we had made our way to the entrance, I was pleasantly surprised by what an adorable little set up they had going on in there. We had forgotten our stroller, so we rented a little car to wheel E around in. Needless to say he was enthralled by the introduction to his very own vroom vroom, and almost fell over backwards when he caught glimpse of the 5 foot tallThomas the Tank Engine replica. It was a little rough around the edges being home-made and all, but E obviously couldn’t have cared less.
After we had successfully pulled him away from Thomas, we started in on the rides. First the airplanes, then the carousel. We then tried the ‘Crank n’ roll’, these little trains that the kids set on and wheel with their hands around a track. We were surprised that he did so well with his coordination for somebody under two years old. After that we continued on to the miniature train ride and E had fun seeing all of the sights as it clickety clacked around the park and through a tunnel. Adventure city staff are positioned around the grounds with bubble machines which added to the ambiance.
At the end of the day I think his favorite ride was the ‘Rescue 911′ experience where he could drive his very own fire engine around a little course.
As we were leaving we stopped back over by Thomas where they had a Thomas and Chuggington gift shop. Beside the shop is a play area with train sets for little ones to play with, so that killed another twenty minutes or so.
On the drive home E slept like a rock… and he rarely EVER sleeps in the car. We were having so much fun that we forgot to take lots of pictures… will add more after our next visit.