Last week my kids and I hit the road for an impromptu trip to Muskoka for a YMC weekend at Cleveland’s House. Since Santa’s Village is only 45 minutes away in Bracebridge, we decided to spend the first day checking out the park as I had heard so much about it over the years from friends and family.
We arrived around 1:45 p.m. and the parking lot was jam-packed. Next time we go I will most definitely arrive a little earlier so that we have more time at the park and first dibs on the parking.
The park offers 60 acres of fun just off of the Muskoka River and the setting is forest-like so there is plenty of shade for little ones. Speaking of little ones, the rides here are perfect for toddlers and small kids and were designed specifically for small children. My girls (who are usually terrified of rideS) enjoyed all of the rides here so much that they went on several times.
The Splash Zone is a great spot to cool off and ideal for babies and toddlers.
Santa’s Summer Sleigh was my favourite attraction, mostly because I’m a total sucker for boat rides along the Muskoka River. Our ‘captain’ took us for a tour along the river and spun the boat around several times to the kids’ delight.
Snacks and meals are available in case you have plans of spending the day. Mrs. Claus’s Bake Shop is filled with all kinds of goodies from fudge to cookies (and free coffee for the parents!) and is located as soon as you enter the park. Pizza, Hot Dogs and other fast food options are also available throughout the park.
This was the first amusement park that I went to with small children that didn’t overwhelm me or them. There was ‘just enough’ to do here for the day while doing so at a relaxed pace, so you never felt rushed or hurried. We also loved the playground area where the kids spent quite bit of time as soon as we arrived. Entertainment and live shows are scheduled daily near the stage area just past Santa’s Reindeer.
Santa’s Village is open from June 9-September 2nd (also open for the weekend of September 8). Bracebridge is only 2 hours from Toronto, so if you are looking for a fun day out with the kids before school starts, check them out! In regards to the age range, I would say the park is suitable for toddlers and kids up to 8 years old.
*We were provided with complimentary press passes in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are ours alone.*