When you think of taking your kids on a Disneyland vacation you probably think of all the fun they will have at a magical place that is designed for them. While that is true, after waiting in line or watching shows and sitting at restaurants, it is good to know those key places that you can let your kids run loose and burn up that extra energy from the Mickey ice cream bars!
- Located in the back of the Disneyland park you will find Mickey’s Toontown. You will find the Chip ‘n’ Dale Treehouse, Minnie’s house, Donald’s Boat, Goofy’s Play House (has a great resting spot for parents within eyesight of your playing children), Mickey’s house and a few rides. Your children won’t be able to resist running in and checking out these fun, colorful, exciting homes. **Keep your eyes open for a chance to meet some characters back here!
- Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island – A great place to let you children run, play, and explore. There is everything here from rope bridges to a fort to a tree house and haunted caverns and hidden Pirate loot. You get to the island on a raft (what kid doesn’t love a chance to ride a raft?). You can find the rafts located between the New Orleans Square and Critters Country, across from the Haunted Mansion.
- Princess Dot Puddle Park at Disney’s California Adventure Park – Straight from a Bug’s Life is a great splash area setup like a leaky hose. Kids love to run and play while trying (or trying not to) dodge the splashing water. WARNING: Your child will get wet, but Disney has you covered with nearby family restrooms that allow for easy clothing changes.
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – What child doesn’t want to spend time exploring trails, climbing, sliding, jumping, checking out ranger gear and towers? If your child likes the outdoors, wilderness, or just likes to run and play, this is the place to be! It’s a great place for your children to put their bodies and minds to work, as they learn about tracking, climbing, puzzle solving and so much more.
- Disney Junior – Live on Stage! – at California Adventure Park. This isn’t a run and play kind of place, but still a great option for getting your little one to use some energy. Their favorite characters show up on stage and the kids have a chance to sing, clap and dance along with the show! This is also indoors and gives everyone a break on those hot days. My family has found it is actually better to sit a little further away from the stage to get a better view of everything that is going on around you.
- The LEGO Store – at the Downtown Disney District. Does your child love to build and create? The LEGO Store has a huge area where your children can go put their creative, engineering minds to work with provided LEGOs to build with. Our girls could stay busy for hours there if we would let them. And, there are amazing LEGO creations all around the store to check out. They also feature an outdoor building area!
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes – tire your little one out by putting their little muscles to work! Canoe around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island in a 20 passenger canoe. You don’t need any experience, the guides do the real work and can steer and maneuver the canoe without any help, but it’s a great chance to put a paddle in your child’s hand and let them feel like a part of it. When they get bored of paddling they can look for “wildlife” and other sites that are all around for them to find. TIP: This is seasonal and not open all day, so if it is a priority to you, make sure you plan it into your day beforehand.
- Big Thunder Ranch – Give your kids a break from the rides and lines with some good ol’ fashion petting zoo fun in a replica western ranch including a cabin you can go through. Let your children get a feel for the 1880s ranch life and pet and brush some barnyard animals.
- Tarzan’s Treehouse – Let your kids explore their wild side in the 80 foot tall Tarzan’s Treehouse. They can get some energy out climbing up to check out the way Tarzan lived. When they have finish they can look for some fun surprises at Jane’s base camp.
- Mickey’s Soundsational Parade -Enjoy checking out the colorful floats and characters while dancing along to the band of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. There will be a variety of music styles as each float passes and if your child loves music and moving this is the place to be. TIP: The parade only happens once a day, so plan ahead room in your itinerary if this is something you want to see. You can enjoy the music from further back, but you will want to show up early if you want a great spot to take it all in. Key viewing locations are located in Town Square, by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, and “its a small world”.
While these are 10 great places to let your children take a break and use up that extra energy at Disneyland, there are lots more. What are your favorite places at Disneyland to wear your child out?
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