Family Fun Directory of Things To Do with Kids

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Valleyfair Amusement Park

(952) 445-7600
Admission: $35.00
Concessions Available

Valleyfair Amusement Park has 14 Rides it classifies as "Family Rides". In the fall the park transforms into Halloween Haunt in the evenings and The Great Pumpkin Fest during daytime hours.

Valleyfair Amusement Park

Image courtesy of Valleyfair.

Pre-K Pass at Valleyfair

Continued in 2019, the park will be offering free Pre-K Passes for children ages 3 to 5. Obviously, the child must be accompanied by an adult who is not free. Families who register and redeem their pass before the end of the 2018 season can use the pass for the remainder of 2018 (This would include The Great Pumpkin Fest).

Parking is not included with the Pre-K Pass. However, it is included with other season passes. 2019 Season passes currently start at $77.00 per person and will auto renew unless you remember to cancel.

Register online before June 9, 2019 and Redeem at the park by June 28, 2019 to take advantage of this pass. If your child is close to age 6, you will need to have the registration and redemption process finalized before their 6th birthday. Proof of age will be required upon redemption in the form of a birth certificate or a travel passport. 

Dinosaurs Alive! at Valley Fair

Dinosaurs Alive! is an immersive exhibit that combines animatronics, interactive consoles, and a Mesozoic setting with educational content that reflects the latest scientific theories. This exhibit is not part of the park's daily pass, but it is included in both the season pass and the Pre-K Pass.

Soak City Waterpark at Valley Fair

Soak City Waterpark is included in all Valleyfair admissions when it is open. It's season is shorter than the Valley Fair season. Like the rest of the park, some rides are not appropriate for smaller children. Check the height requirements for details.


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