I’ve lived in the Sacramento area since 2003. My oldest daughter was born in 2004, and it was just this year, in 2012 that our family discovered Funderland Amusement Park for my youngest daughter’s sixth birthday party.
Funderland Amusement Park is near Land Park in Sacramento, in close proximity to the Sacramento Zoo, and Fairytale Town. The great thing about Funderland is the simplicity. There are just nine rides for the kids to enjoy. The park size is easily manageable for parents with young kids. Admission into Funderland is free, but each ride requires one ticket. You can purchase tickets at the kiosk at the entrance to the park. For current ticket prices, be sure to check the website. Parking is free at William Land Park, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
I’m impressed by how Funderland caters to families. You can bring your own food into the park, so long as you don’t bring alcohol. They do have their own standard park food fare at Funderland Café, but it’s so nice to bring in your own food for picky kids, or healthier eats. Parents do need tickets to ride with the kids, however if you stand on the carousel next to your child, you don’t need a ticket for that ride.
Our first visit to Funderland was for my daughter’s birthday party. Yup. We went, sight-unseen, for a a party with a bunch of kiddies. Luckily, we had heard from other parents how much their kids loved the park, so we knew we were in good hands. I love how convenient it is to book a party at Funderland online. For the party we secured a birthday party area at the park. Funderland has five birthday picnic tables, semi-enclosed. I booked the Funderland deluxe party that included lunch for 10. Our party began at 10:30am and was booked for two hours. The kids each received a stamp on their hands, showing what time their ride time would end. It was perfect to begin that early on a Saturday as the park was mostly empty, so the kids were able to get on the rides right away. By 11am the crowds started arriving and there was some waiting, but no more than 10 minutes at a time.
We had a park host that helped check-in the kids, confirm their meal choice, and serve and set-up the lunch. We brought our own cupcakes and Tillamook ice cream for the kids. I had brought my own party favors, and was pleasantly surprised when Funderland provided party favors as well. We also received a Funderland t-shirt for my six-year-old daughter, and a pass and tickets to come again, included in the party package.
I have to mention the service, and the employees at the park. I was so impressed with how friendly, and warm, and happy the employees were with all the folks visiting at Funderland. The young adults working at Funderland had great presence, and made our experience at Funderland that much better, and more keen on coming again.
As for the ages of kids that can visit the park, and have a great time, ideally a two-year-old and above would be able to ride the majority of the rides, and have fun. If you have a babe in arms, I’d make sure they have full body control for a couple rides, like the train, or the carousel, but you know your kids. Some kids love thrill rides, and the fast rides you’ll find at Funderland are the Flying Dragon coaster, the Wild Stagecoach, and the Crazy Cups. I will say, it is so much fun watching your kids go on the Log Ride all by themselves, as it’s a very small, calm ride in the water. They loved the independence of going on the rides without parental involvement.
Our family is pumped that we finally discovered Funderland Amusement Park, and can’t wait to go again.
Have you been to Funderland Amusement Park? What did your family like?
This weekend Funderland Amusement Park and River Oak Children’s Center host a Spooktacular Halloween with Trick-or-Treating on October 27th and 28th from 10am-6pm.
Events for the Spooktacular:
- Free tickets when you bring in a new game or new art supplies for River Oak Center for Children (amount of tickets based on item donated)
- Trick or Treating – only $3 per person
- Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins for purchase
- Silly Haunted House
- Awesome Halloween photos available for purchase
- Not So Scary Train Ride
- Contests and Crafts
- Ghost stories and more!
Our family was treated to the blogger VIP service at Funderland Amusement Park, but all opinions, fun, and excitement are our own.