Ever since we visited Kings Dominion back in May for a day at the Soak City Waterpark, the kids have been asking (no, begging) to return to experience the rest of it — the rides, roller coasters, and all of the other amusement packed in to the park. So, it worked out quite well that we were invited back to enjoy it all during KidsFest, when there are extra treats especially for children, like concerts, games, craft activities, and shows during a couple of weekends in July.
It would have worked out even better if the day we opted to go hadn’t turned out to be one of the hottest of the summer. But we made the best of it. Spinning around and zipping along on the rides actually provided a rush of air that helped cool us off a bit.
Kings Dominion has a nice variety of rides for all ages and levels of thrill seekers. There are several big roller coasters and exciting rides for those who want an adrenaline rush. And there are plenty of options for amusement park-goers who prefer a more “mellow” experience.
Planet Snoopy is a whole section just for young children (and parents who aren’t so keen on the coasters) with gentler ways to whirl around, zip along tracks, and spin through the air. There is also a bounce house, and during KidsFest this is where the extra activities were located.
I stuck with Sasha on the easier rides, since she was a few inches shy of the minimum height for the large coasters (that’s the reason I’m going with, anyway), while Levi and Owen went for the big thrills. Both kids had a blast, and we also joined up for a few family rides (tip: the White Water Canyon practically guarantees you’ll get wet if you want to cool off).
While KidsFest only took place July 17-18 & 23-24, there is still tons to enjoy at Kings Dominion for all ages. Though I do recommend not going on the hottest day of the summer.
Kings Dominion is located in Doswell, VA, about 75 miles from Washington, DC. It’s open daily through August, then on weekends through October. Hours vary, so be sure to check opening and closing times before you go. Admission prices vary — you can get an all-day ticket for $50, an after 4pm tickets for $40, and two-day tickets for $69. And you can often do a Google search to find special promotions or coupons to save on the entry fee.