After two outings now at Pa’s Pumpkin Patch this season, while we very much enjoyed our time there (as we always do), sadly it’s just not remaining as affordable as it used to be. And we only have one child to pay for, which is saying something about its price point (meaning: it explains why so many families with 2+ kids skipped the school night out there last week… bummer).
That got me thinking about another place that I recently took T for a very fun day out and for almost half the individual cost: Adventure City in Stanton, CA.
Tucked into a small neighborhood between Buena Park, Huntington Beach, and Anaheim, Adventure City is pretty much the antithesis to the larger, busier, and heavily branded theme parks that surround it. If I had to describe Adventure City in one sentence, I’d say it’s part county fair mixed with small-town street festival that is open for year-round family fun and for a mere fraction of the cost of other seasonal carnivals or large-scale amusement centers. The park also offers rides and attractions for all-ages, including adults, which is something that many of the pop-up fall festivals just can’t boast (i.e., Pa’s rides are mostly targeted to kids under 12 by either height or weight restrictions).
T and I went to Adventure City on a weekday during late August, which was a perfect time to go (make a note for next summer now, RMT’ers!). Our school district didn’t return for the school year until after Labor Day, but many surrounding areas started this year in mid-August, which meant fewer lines and more fun to be had in the time we visited – yet still plenty of kids for T to pal around with.
No matter where we go, T always makes fast friends. On this particular outing, he befriended a set of twin brothers on vacation with their parents from the East Coast. The boys ran around all over Adventure City together for about two hours, riding rides and playing games in the arcade. Above are just a handful of the attractions they all enjoyed together while we parents watched blissfully nearby.
For reference, here’s a list of all the rides T and I enjoyed during our stay (about 4-1/2 hours). Please note that all the ride names link to their individual description on Adventure City’s website, which contains all rider restrictions and minimums on height, weight, and age (including whether a child requires adult accompaniment):
Rescue 911 (2x)
Freeway Coaster (10+ times for T; I went a few times, too!)
Crank ‘n’ Roll (4x)
Adventure City Express Train (T 2x; I rode once also)
Crazy Bus (2x)
Balloon Ride (2x)
Drop Zone (3x – once was enough for me, but T LOVED this!)
We also spent a great deal of time in the Arcade, Petting Farm, and even the Thomas Trains area.
Our cost for all this? Just $14.95 each, plus another $10 for their special arcade discount deal (inquire at time of admission for the best daily offer)! Oh, wait, sorry, that’s not right. I also had a $2 off admission coupon for each of us from the KidsGuide Magazine, a free local magazine you can pick up pretty much anywhere that advertises with them (I’ve also found them stacked up at local schools).
On this day, T and I also bought lunch and snacks on-site, which all things considered was fairly affordable as well (a corn dog and drink kid’s combo was around $5). Since we didn’t know how long we’d be staying (it was quite hot out that day), I didn’t pack us lunch. Oops. For anyone planning to spend even a half-day here, do know that if you aren’t interested in buying food and snacks on-site, you are welcome to pack your own lunch and enjoy it out in front at their picnic area. You can read more here about Adventure City’s rules and conditions regarding bringing your own food (and hand-stamped re-admission), along with answers to many other FAQs before planning your visit.
So grand total for our visit, including the parking (free), admission, lunch and snacks, arcade, and a small trinket from the gift shop: About $40 for the two of us. And I have some money left on the arcade card for our next visit, too, which will make our next adventure only that much more affordable.
Don’t worry if you missed out on Adventure City this summer as the park offers the same good times throughout the year! While Adventure City is only open Saturdays, Sundays, and select holidays during this time of the year (click here for their calendar and hours of operation), that isn’t stopping them from celebrating fall’s arrival. From now through Sunday October 27, you can bring this coupon for a free pumpkin from their on-site pumpkin patch! Just make sure you sign up for their exclusive email list before your visit so your kids don’t have to pay the extra $5 entry to the pumpkin patch.