Fascinating and Fun Theme Parks for Kids

If you’re like me, then you probably scour the internet looking for fun and exciting places to visit when you’re next travelling the globe. And what’s more exciting for the little ones than fantasy theme parks, roller coasters, and exciting rides? Well, nothing of course! So keep your kids happy by taking them to these exciting theme parks around the world.

Moomin World (Wikipedia)

Moomin World, Finland

The Moomin Theme Park, located in Kailo, is a unique attraction based on the Moomin books by Tove Johnson. Although not a traditional theme park in the sense that it has no rides, Moomin World keeps kids entertained with unique activities and fantasy trails to explore, such as Toffle’s Path with Witch’s Labyrinth, the Hattifattener’s Cave, and The Groke’s House.

Both kids and parents will enjoy exploring all 5 storeys of the blueberry coloured Moomin House, which is the main attraction of the park.

Other features include Hemulen’s yellow house, Moominmama’s Kitchen, the Fire Station, Snufkin’s Camp, Moominpappa’s Boat, and much more. Moomin characters parade the park – watch out for the witch in her cottage!

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City, South Africa

Situated in Ormonde, Johannesburg, Gold Reef City Theme Park is an exciting theme park that features over 30 rides consisting of roller coasters, water rides, swings, and Ferris wheels to suit thrill-seekers, families, and children of all ages. In keeping with its name, this entertainment wonderland is themed around the gold rush on the Witswatersrand. Staff members wander around the park dressed in period costumes of the 1880s and the buildings are designed to mimic architecture of the same era.

Visitors can expect a day full of entertainment with shows at the amphitheatre, an opportunity to see how real gold is poured into barrels at the museum, as well as a chance to pan your own gold. Other features include an animal farmyard, 4D movie theatre, and a kids section with Cups and Saucers, a Jungle Train, Turtle Creek Putt-Putt, a Shongololo Coaster, and more.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, USA

Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Wikipedia)

This theme park is a fantastic amusement park based on the Harry Potter novels by JK Rowling. The themed area spans two theme parks in the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. The park has been designed to launch in two phases, with the first phase having opened in 2010. The park features the Islands of Adventure which includes Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a new attraction inside Hogwarts Castle. This ride simulates a tour of the castle and its grounds, with interactive characters and props, including a speech from Dumbledore, directions from Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and realistic animatronic versions of the Whomping Willow, a horde of dementors, giant spiders, the Hungarian Horntail Dragon, and a Quidditch match.

Honeydukes at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Wikipedia)

Other attractions include Dragon Challenge, a pair of inverted rollercoasters built to overlap and intertwine with one another. The queue for this ride features many props, including the Goblet of Fire, Triwizard Cup, the flying car featured in the second film, and Hagrid’s hut.

Visitors will also enjoy the family ride, Flight of the HippoGriff, and exploring Hogsmeade with many gift shops and restaurants from the books such as Dervish and Banges, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Zonko’s Joke Shop, The Three Broomsticks, and The Hog’s Head. Attractions set to open in 2014 include a replica of Hogwarts Express that will take visitors between the two lands, Gringott’s Wizarding Bank, and Diagon Alley.

What exciting fun parks have you located around the world?

Author Bio: Lauren Morling is a content writer for TravelGround.  She loves reading fantasy novels, exploring real life film sets, and learning about what goes on behind-the-scenes of her favourite movies. On weekends, you’ll likely find her hanging out with friends and drinking Coca-Cola.