With 24 rides and counting, Western Playland Amusement Park entertains kids of almost any age. Here's a sampling of the thrilling attractions.
Rides that reach for the sky Younger kids test their fear of heights as they ascend the Frog Hopper or pilot a plane on the Red Baron ride; their older siblings get a bird's-eye view of the park in the Sky Glider, then test their mettle on the Bandido Roller Coaster.
Satisfy the need for speed The gleaming Hurricane roller coaster takes riders taller than 50" on a twisting jaunt; younger kids get their free-falling feet wet on the slightly tamer Miner Coaster.
Classic rides For a bit of nostalgia, visitors take a turn on the merry-go-round, make their heads spin on the tilt-a-whirl, or battle it out in the bumper car arena, the one place where it's okay to high-five someone after you rear-end them.
Rides for toddlers The tiny set can cruise the park too?on pint-sized boats, cars, and ladybugs.
Set in the comfy country cornstalk confines of the century-old Maldonado Maze, the Del Arroyo Arts Festival welcomes revelers to a sensory buffet of arts and entertainment. Watch real-life fire-dance troupes blaze as they boogie or pay tribute with a strictly metaphorical disco inferno, as you shimmy to the live musicians. Meanwhile, vendors, regular raffles, and a silent auction sit on the periphery of spoken-word open mics, live painting showcases, and a graffiti jam. After the feast, guests are free to walk through the stalk maze to test their mind matter and recount their troubles to the perceptive ears of corn.
Balls hurtle down 40 polished pathways at Fiesta Lanes as bowlers lace up rented shoes and set their sights on demolishing 10-pin clusters. Flashing lights illuminate players? faces as they plot out angles on the lanes, and pop music blares through the loudspeakers to heighten the drama of each frame. Seasoned staffers fit patrons for custom balls and tri-tone kicks in the pro shop, and partygoers shot put balls toward pin-shaped pi?atas in one of three large meeting rooms. Chirps and beeps fill the air in a full video arcade, and bowling rivalries reignite on billiard tables. Players can warm up their fingers before games by lifting burgers or hot pizza slices at Frankie?s Sports Grill, located next door.
Vibrant murals of palms, cabanas, and beaches surround 40 bowling lanes at Oasis Lanes, evoking the spirit of a tropical getaway. In some ways, the alley is an island of recreation unto itself, equipped with 130 video and redemption games and four amusement rides including the Cobra roller coaster. Billiards, darts, and shuffleboard round out the list of projectile-based amusements, and a full bar and grill offers a place to kick back and catch the game. Special events include teen nights, holiday parties, and glow bowling, during which black lights draw extra attention to neon bowling balls and freshly bleached pinafores.
Funtastic Punch is an educational and recreational facility that emphasizes imagination with a variety of children's exhibits. Eschewing tokens or video-game screens, the space houses interactive exhibits such as a stage, farmers market, and animal hospital filled with stuffed animals. As little ones cavort with exhibits and each other, parents can relax in a lounge with wireless Internet and exercise equipment.
During the spring and summer, laughter fills the air at Adventure Zone, where rollicking rides and challenging outdoor games keep spirits high. Visitors bond over friendly races at the go-kart track, compete for the ownership of plush toys at the center’s arcade, or hone their sporting skills on the miniature-golf course or within the batting cages. The park’s concession stand stocks a range of salty and sweet snacks, such as scratch-made McCrory tacos and hand-tossed pizzas.