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Six Flags with preschoolers, Fright Fest Six Flags with preschoolers, Fright Fest
My family has been season pass holders to Six Flags every year since Brooklyn turned two. I’m always surprised how many people ask if... Six Flags with preschoolers, Fright Fest

My family has been season pass holders to Six Flags every year since Brooklyn turned two. I’m always surprised how many people ask if there are things to do for little kids. She’s four now so clearly what she can enjoy has changed, but there’s been tons of fun had over the last two years and it seems to be only getting better.

We’ve visited three different Six Flags parks over the last two years, but our local one in Jackson, NJ, Six Flags Great Adventure, is the one we frequent the most. This park has two different sections specifically dedicated to little kids. In theses areas rides range from ones parents can ride along to others where kids ride alone or with other littles, mostly under 42″. There are over a dozen rides for toddlers and preschoolers, plus the magic of the park to enjoy. There are always cartoon characters walking around taking pictures, fair games, music and of course cotton candy. At four, Brooklyn has already eclipsed 42″ so she’s riding much more than just kiddie rides now. And I have to admit she’s braver than me. Fortunately her dad has an insatiable appetite for heights and spinning so they make a great team.

Six Flags Great Adventure, Fright Fest

Six Flags Great Adventure, Fright Fest

Yesterday we had a hilarious day enjoying the Halloween spectacular the theme park throws every year, Fright Fest. The entire amusement park is decked out in spider webs, pumpkins, elaborate set dressings and props covering light posts and fences and much of their staff dresses as goblins and zombies. We made our 1.5 hour drive there in the afternoon so Brooklyn could nap in the car and stay up late to enjoy some of the festivities at dark. Our plan worked and we enjoyed lots of roller coasters during the late afternoon. And strolled through the park at dark with her in a stroller, looking for zombies and shrieking when we spotted them. She loved it. The park is zoned off into different areas and there is a map which rates the areas from non scary to scariest, so you can steer your own fright experience. We had a blast and will definitely be doing this again next year….or possibly next week! Can’t wait.

If you purchase your season pass before Nov 1st it covers the rest of this year and all of next year!

Six Flags Great Adventure, Fright Fest

Six Flags Great Adventure, Fright Fest

Six Flags Great Adventure, Fright Fest

Six Flags Great Adventure, Fright Fest

Six Flags Great Adventure, Fright Fest

Six Flags Great Adventure, Fright Fest

Tips for parents:

We bring a stroller and park it outside each ride and leave our backpack (non valuables) in it. We’ve never had anything tampered with, lots of other parents are doing it.

I wear a fanny pack or something snug for wallet & cell phone so they stay on me at all times.

Bring hat and sunscreen for everyone in the family.

Food and drinks aren’t allowed in, but you can bring in a few small snacks and a sippy cup or bottle for you kids.

You can leave and reenter the park, so you can go back to your car if needed.

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esteepouleris mommy blogger

Estée Pouleris is a mommy blogger based in NYC. She writes reviews about adventures with her 4 year old daughter. Her posts include photos, tips and ideas of fun places to visit with kids.

  • Jimmy Joe “Poppy” Isom

    October 26, 2015 #1 Author

    It appears that you and Monte are enjoying the day as much or more than Brooklyn and she seems to be ecstatic.. Big Kids can have fun too. LOL

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