Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that "it's all happening at the zoo," before retiring from music to live out their days serenely basking in the reptile habitat. Get happening with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a family four-pack admission to the Azoosment Park at Santa's Village in Dundee (a $66 value).
Adding to the decades of family memories created at long-time Chicagoland attraction Santa's Village, AZoosment Park reinvigorates childish spirits with its menagerie of animals and rides spread over a 6-acre fusion of zoo and amusement park. Pintsize patrons can live out fantasies of being a cowboy or centaur during the all-you-can-ride pony rides or hone zoological skills at the exotic-animal farmyard, free-flight aviary, and other animal attractions. Adventurous adolescents can spin through the atmosphere riding on the mini aircraft of the Star Jets ride, practice for driving tests on the Midge O Racers, and physically push their guardians onto the Dragon Coaster or into a live magic show. Fans of the namesake park of yesteryear can also bond with their bairns by speeding down the original 1959 slide that stood as the oldest ride at Santa's Village, or share a spin in the 1960 Candy Cane Sleigh.
Today's deal extends an afternoon of jollity for up to four guests, and although the attractions are aimed at children age 2–12, adults can also bring along their jejune neighbors or a 16-year-old boss. Children 2 and younger are admitted free.
Santa's Village Azoosment Park
When he shuts up his workshop at the North Pole after another successful holiday season, Santa Claus doesn't simply hibernate until next December. Instead, he packs up his sleigh and heads to his summer home at the Fox River Valley's Santa's Village Azoosment Park. Open from May to November, the wonderland greets guests with three separate amusement experiences. The fun begins in Santa's Village, where quaint alpine building and expertly manicured pathways awaken feelings of nostalgia in hearts young and old. There, visitors can zoom down the original Santa's Tree House Slide, hitch a ride on the Kringle Convoy, or snap a picture at a recreation of Santa's North Pole home. They can also tap into the amusement rides including the antique carousel, the Tilt-A-Whirl, and Dracor the Dragon's Coaster.
A renowned lover of animals, Santa has also filled his park with a menagerie of creatures both familiar and exotic. Visitors can grab a bite at Reindeer Ridge on their way to see the denizens of Parakeet Paradise, Tortoise Island, or Old MacDonald's Farm and Petting Zoo. In addition to grabbing up-close peeks of everything from a red-tailed boa to a fennec fox, visitors can also take in an exotic animal show that educates audience members about the park's wild residents.
Always in the holiday spirit, the park welcomes groups looking to add a spark to reunions, birthday, or group outings. This accommodating spirit even extends to the park's rule book: parking is free.