When you think of fall in Cincinnati, Kings Island may not be the first destination that comes to mind, especially if you have small children. Our city’s biggest theme park is known for its scary Haunt attraction that’s great if you’re looking for all sorts of thrills, but did you know that Kings Island also adds a family-friendly feature during the day?
Every fall, Kings Island Great Pumpkin Fest takes over Soak City and adds so much Halloween fun to an already exciting place that’s ideal for little ones. Fall may actually be the best time of year to experience Kings Island with young children, so if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s your chance!
We checked out Kings Island on a beautiful fall day, along with many others who realized it was the perfect day to visit, and our five and four-year-olds were so excited to ride their favorite rides, and trick-or-treat through The Great Pumpkin Fest. Saturdays and Sundays, now through October 28th, Kings Island is actually open as normal, with almost all of the same rides you can experience during the summer. That meant we had free reign throughout Planet Snoopy – a section of the park that is perfect for young thrill seekers, and even those who prefer the calmer rides. If you’ve ever avoided Kings Island because you didn’t think there was much for little ones (as in, under 48”) to do, think again!
Even though the park was crowded that day, we never had to wait longer than about ten minutes for all of the rides we rode in Planet Snoopy. So after we had our fill of fun there, we hopped on the train and headed to Soak City, which this time of year is home to The Great Pumpkin Fest. The waterpark has been transformed into a non-scary, Halloween festival and Charlie Brown and all of his friends are the stars of the show. The Great Pumpkin Fest is included with the price of admission to Kings Island, which is another reason why this is a great time of year to visit.
There are a variety of activities to do at The Great Pumpkin Fest, including trick-or-treating. Many children wore costumes, which made it even more festive, and the entire section of the park was decorated for Halloween. We tried a miniature maze, watched a few shows starring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang, rode little tractors, and even played around in a silly foam pit. The kids loved it and it was a great way to kick off the Halloween season.
King Island’s Haunt may get a lot of attention (as it should) as a super scary Halloween attraction, but don’t avoid the park with your little ones this season! Before the sun goes down, there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had, from the traditional rides and activities in Planet Snoopy, to the festive fun at The Great Pumpkin Fest. Fall is a great time to have the best day ever at Kings Island, and you can enjoy it now, Saturdays and Sundays through October 28th, from 12 to 6 pm (Planet Snoopy closes at 5 pm on Saturdays).