Dorney Park is closing today, August 7, at 4:45 PM due to inclement weather. Please visit our up-to-date calendar to plan your next visit.
Stuck at home with the kids and scrambling for things to do? We thought we’d help out and offer some amusement park FUN to help keep your family entertained at home. Here’s a list of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom-inspired things to do with kids. If you try any, be sure to share on social media and tag us @dorneyparkpr so we can see how it turned out!
Take a Virtual Ride on a Coaster
You may not be able to ride any coasters at Dorney Park right now, but why let that stop you from getting the butterflies in your stomach and enjoying thrill right from the comfort of your own home? Our Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom YouTube page has roller coaster POV videos (“Point-of-View” as if you were sitting in the front seat). If you have internet access or the YouTube App on your TV, you can send your kids on a virtual ride (bonus points for realistic screams)!
Check out those videos here and pick your favorites! Don't forget to hit the subscribe button, and the bell icon to get all your Dorney Park notifications.
Dream Up Your Very Own Amusement Park
Bust out the building blocks or whatever materials you have on hand to construct your kid’s dream amusement park! Flatten some large cardboard and draw pathways for guests in between their imaginative rides.
Need some inspiration for rides and water park slides? Here's the list of all our attractions to get the juices flowing.
Draw Your Own Amusement Park Map
If you don’t want to take up your entire living room space with an entire amusement park, have your kids draw or paint their dream park on paper. Maps are like mazes and give a promise of adventure. Probing questions can help children plan their park:
- What kind of rides are there?
- Does it have a water park?
- What kind of food would people eat? Are there restaurants? If so, are they indoor or outdoor?
- What’s the setting for the park? In the mountains, on the ocean, in a forest, etc?
- Who would go? Is this for grown-ups or just for kids?
- Are there fun characters to meet in this park?
- How do people get there? By car, train, boat or airplane? Maybe they need a place to park these modes of transportation.
- Is it a park that’s open in all seasons? Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter?
Let their imaginations run wild creating their very own amusement park and map! Don’t be afraid to use the Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom map for a little inspiration!
Create Your Own Ride
If tackling a whole park is a bit much, have kids focus on creating one ride instead. They can draw, paint or build! Have them think about names, themes, colors, crazy loop-de-loops—anything and everything! Here are some supplies that might help you get started:
- Marbles for the coaster cars
- Cardboard rolls
- Chenille sticks
- Popsicle sticks
- Painters or masking tape
- Plastic/paper cups, recycled containers
- Paper plates
- Marshmallows and toothpicks
- Tissue boxes
Have kids focus on creating one #amazing ride with their own customized theme and name!
Building a roller coaster is a great family project, easily done with everyday household items!
Do Some Coloring!
Here are some free coloring pages of the park’s iconic places, plus some of the PEANUTS Gang. Click on the images below to download printable coloring sheets.
If you try any of these fun activities, we’d love for you to share your masterpieces on social and tag us! We want to see ‘em! We’ll share some of the amazing creations we see out there.
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Stay healthy, Lehigh Valley. We’re all in this together. I’ll see you on the midways soon!
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