There may come a time when little kids start looking for a little more adventure from theme parks. While Magic Kingdom and Sesame Place are always fun, the kids might seek the adventure bigger theme parks offer.
Hershey Park is a good middle ground and starting place for families looking for a more adult-oriented park. Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey Park offers rides of all sizes and intensities, as well as close proximity to Hershey’s Chocolate World. In fact, guests can take a tram to each entrance. Chocolate World boasts cool experiences for kids of all ages, like making custom candy bars and taking a ride through a chocolate factory.
In addition to the fun characters and rides for young kids, there are also enough intense rollercoasters at Hershey Park for the bigger kids.
Dorney Park also bridges the adventurous gap. Like Hershey Park, Dorney is filled with characters kids will recognize. In this case, characters from Charles Shultz’s Peanuts. There is an entire section of the park dedicated to young kids in Camp Snoopy as well as some truly intense roller coasters like Steel Force and Hydra.
Silverwood is the biggest theme park in the Pacific Northwest, located in Athol, Idaho. Like many modern theme parks, Silverwood offers a water park and standard theme park for the price of admission. The rides vary considerably, but it is safe to say there is something for every kind of theme park guest. Intense roller coasters like Corkscrew and Timber Terror are joined by standard thrill rides like Panic Plunge. This park lacks recognizable characters, but makes up for it with a varied slate of fun rides for all ages.
Finally, perhaps the most well-known, are the Universal Studios parks. Lately, these have marketed themselves as the next step for families growing out of Walt Disney World. At the same time, Universal features recognizable characters and series like Jurassic World, Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter.
These parks feature lots of shows and intense rides while offering chances to see familiar characters and settings for kids who aren’t quite ready for the major leagues of theme park attractions.
The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton, and its first-floor bar and restaurant Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, are celebrating moms this year with an exclusive Mother’s Day High Tea May 9. Available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the tea is $60 a person or $30 for children 12 and under. The price includes complimentary parking, live music from Dina Bach and a curated menu.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
The Hamilton Hotel, located steps away from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway will be back and better than ever in May 2021. The iconic Pikes Peak Cog Railway, one of only two cog railways in the United States, and its view from the summit is where “America the Beautiful” was penned. Experience this with your family when it reopens.