I have been going to Flamingo Land since I was a little girl, and we’ve been bringing the children every year since Miss H was still in a buggy. There are lots of rides for children, and under 3’s are free, so make the most of that. Theme parks can be an expensive business, so we always keep an eye out for offers in the paper and on Radio Station websites like Minster Fm or Stray Fm.
Rides for the Kids
There are lots of fun rides for them.
Miss H loves the Carousel so much I have made a mini montage of the ones she has ridden just in the last two months! Flamingo Land, Lightwater Valley and the York Castle Museum.
There are plenty of food offerings at Flamingo Land, from hot dogs and fish and chips on the go, to sit down restaurants for pizza and pasta. We are creatures of habit and always visit the American Diner. You can get burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. Reasonably priced and good sized portions. Tasty too, definitely one of the better attractions for food.
As an aside, if you do visit the Diner (and I would recommend it) be sure to play ‘spot the typos’ with the menu. Lots to keep the kids entertained there! Miss H (aka mini wordsmith) was morally outraged as only a seven-year-old can be, by the spelling of apple as ‘aple’. She has mentioned it on a number of occasions since. Children are random!
Soft Play and Costa Coffee
If you have little ones or feel the need for a sit down, a visit to the soft play pirate ship might be a good plan. They serve Costa coffee in there too, just so you are aware!
Master T built a house from all the soft play shapes – just look at the glee on his face!
Miss H is a complete thrill seeker, unlike her less adventurous brother, so while Mr Wonders takes her off rollercoastering, Master T and I visited the dinosaur sand pit where you can dig up dinosaur bones. Master T was more interested in the 20p coin he dug up and then pretending he was stuck in a dinosaurs ribcage.
Zoo and Animals
There is a train that runs around most of the park and will take you to the animal enclosures if you would like to see them. They have everything from lions and meercats to zebras and giraffes.
Don’t miss the area near Children’s Planet at the far side of the park. There are more rides at that end, another coffee shop (hooray!) and Mischief Mansion, a kids’ spooky train ride. Beware the music they play will be in your head for days afterwards. A set of stocks stand outside the Mansion, and you know how we like the stocks.
There are lots of small and cute animals in the Children’s Planet area and a fabulous tree house walkway and climbing area for the kids. You can lose a good hour in here, so perhaps plan for the end of the day. There is also a pub where you can buy a drink and watch the kids play.
Oh! I almost forgot about the splash area as we visited in October this time. They have a lovely soft area with fountains for them to cool off on a hot day. Remember to take spare clothes if you plan to visit though! Here is a picture of Miss H when she was 3!
Prices and Website
Have a look at the Flamingo Land website for all the details.
A family ticket for four is £100.