Malibu Water Park isn’t your average water park. The six-acre outdoor swimming hole tucks neatly into scenic surroundings. Happy shouts echo across sandy beaches and verdant foliage. Three waterslides zig-zag down the banks of the lake, sending riders careening into the water like boring books thrown from a sailboat. For the younger set, there are interactive mushroom-shaped spray features in the shallow water. Colorful kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats slip out onto the 50-acre lake, whose tree-lined shores beg to be explored. On the weekends, guests circle around bonfires and enjoy BYOB picnics at available barbecue pits while bands play. Catering is available upon request.
Inside CooCoos, a spacious, color-splashed play area accommodates pintsize patrons with full-size servings of fun. Stretched across more than 20,000 square feet, the recently opened facility buzzes with the giggles and squeals emitted from kids as they scramble and spite gravity during birthday parties, field trips, and open-play sessions held Monday through Friday. A lineup of unique zones, such as those with UFO, jungle-course, and alligator themes, whisks adventurers to far-away worlds, and 3-D carpeting and black-light sections enable youngsters to accurately mimic their favorite Grateful Dead–concert moments. For an extra dose of amusement, guests can visit on Friday Night Fun Night, when 3-D glasses help to transform playtime into a multidimensional experience.
The Misfits unloads its hearse of horror-punk hits into the lair of Stereo Live, jackhammering dedicated throngs of fans with whiplash tunes about love and necromancing. Named after Marilyn Monroe’s orthopedic shoes, the Misfits triad has thrilled and mystified audiences since 1977 and is currently spearheaded by founding member Jerry Only. In support of The Devil’s Rain, the band’s first new album in 12 years, the monster squad of Jerry, Black Flag’s Dez Cadena, and Eric “Chupacabra” Arce induct audiences into the cult, enticing fans to jump and transmogrify their fingers into horns. The three-headed Cerberus of modern punk known as JuiceheaD starts the show with a sonic assault known to short-circuit EKG meters and shake down demons for milk money.
JumpStreet's vast trampoline arena delights jumpers of all ages with a room covered top to bottom in springy surfaces and safe padding, cultivating a fun way to unleash pent-up energy and engage in physical activity. In addition to the bounce-inducing ground, tilted trampolines stretch midway up the wall for extended propulsion possibilities and airborne orations of the Gettysburg Address. Visitors aged 8 or older can gravitate toward the dodge-ball courts, where they strategize, aim, and propel soft orbs at opponents while undulating on an unstable surface. With fun passes, older kids can also cling to a bucking mechanical bull as it threatens to toss them onto the foam.
Blase Family Farm creates a setting for seasonal memory-making with a bounty of fall activities. Around the 13-acre farm, hayrides meander through the woods, under leaves tinged with warm hues. Bulbous pumpkins rest at the base of tall trees, waiting for youngsters to claim them. When not searching for the best pumpkin—like the doctor who performed the Headless Horseman’s brain transplant—visitors can socialize with farm animals, such as goats and sheep, and earn their eternal love by feeding them. A farm train also chugs around the grounds, giving its passengers a more comprehensive view of the scenery. In the spring and summer, the farm offers pick-your-own blueberries, perfect for making into jam.
In 1973, Jimmy and Katie Dean signed the papers to purchase Joyland Amusement Park, which had fallen into neglect after first opening in the 1940s. They thoroughly revamped the 13 attractions the park had then, and Katie still helps manage the more than 30 kiddie, thrill, family, and water rides that send guests rolling, spinning, and splashing today. From the Skyride's gondolas that sail high overhead, families take in scenic vistas of an antique carousel, the speedy Galaxi coaster, and a log flume powered by Old Faithful’s underachieving brother. Joyland opens its gates from mid-March until early fall, closing in the winter months for rollercoaster-hibernation season.
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