Scientists agree that children are our future, which is why most children are sealed in time capsules with a flashlight and a stack of magazines. Give a child something he or she will really dig with today's Groupon: for $5 you get a pass for all-day access to rides at Kiwanis Kiddieland in Merced (a $10 value).
The community-minded Kiwanis club cut the ribbon on Kiddieland more than half a century ago, and with updates to the rides, the park continues to draw crowds for spirited family fun. A day pass to the amusement park lets kids jump into lines for unlimited enjoyment of the six rides, including the Go-Gator rollycoaster, a swirling track that speeds carts down hills, around curves, and through imaginary gazelle herds. Wee ones channel their inner Jeff Gordons on the car ride and their inner astronauts on the rocket-ship ride. A park classic, the train chugs along, taking passengers on a nostalgic trek through the lush Applegate Park grounds. Meanwhile, helicopter rides show off the thrills of flight, lifting and twisting with passengers, and the merry-go-round exudes carnival atmosphere with festive music and brightly painted horses who have luxurious manes of cotton candy. Though not included with today's Groupon, the snack bar offers younglings a break from dizzying heights and track-top fun.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced is seeking new members, see their website for details.
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