Tips and Tricks to Make Your Day with Young Kids Unforgettable!
Parenting and theme parks may seem like an exhausting combination, but fear not! We’ve got you covered with insider tips and tricks to ensure an enjoyable day at Silver Dollar City that you and your kids will cherish forever.
What Makes Silver Dollar City Special?
Silver Dollar City, located in Branson, Missouri, is not your average theme park. It seamlessly blends the excitement of a major theme park with the charm of 1880s Ozarks culture. With over 100 craftsmen demonstrating traditional arts and crafts, more than 40 thrilling rides and attractions, 60 unique shops and restaurants, and 40 daily shows, Silver Dollar City offers something for everyone. No wonder it was named one of the Top Theme Parks in the World by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.
Creating Lasting Memories
For my husband Hunter and me, Silver Dollar City holds a special place in our hearts. We both grew up visiting this theme park and the mere smell of wood shavings or the sound of bluegrass music instantly takes us back to our childhood. Now, with our own children-Julia (3 years old), Jack (10 months old), and our niece Emery (2 years old)-we were determined to create the same magical memories. And guess what? It’s totally doable, no matter how young your kids are!
Tips to Make Your Day Easier
Bring a Third Person to Help with Kids
Bringing along an extra pair of hands can make a world of difference. Whether it’s a nanny, an older sibling, or a family member, having an extra person to assist with the kids will allow you to take a breather and maybe even enjoy a ride or two yourself.
To beat the crowds and make the most of your day, arrive at Silver Dollar City early. Enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast at Molly’s Mill Restaurant, which opens at 8:30 am. This family-style restaurant serves a wide variety of dishes, including hickory-smoked bacon, sausage links, fluffy scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, and more. Not only will you avoid the long lines for breakfast, but you’ll also start your day off right with a full belly.
Download the Silver Dollar City App
Make navigating the park a breeze by downloading the Silver Dollar City app. This handy app provides an interactive map, complete with filters to help you find specific attractions, wait times, and height requirements. Say goodbye to wrestling with a paper map and hello to streamlined park exploration.
Get a Trail Blazers Pass
Standing in line with young kids can be a challenge, but fear not! The Trail Blazers Pass is here to save the day. This pass allows you and your family to skip to the front of the line for any ride. It’s worth every penny and ensures that you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Just imagine walking onto the Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train and snagging the best seat in the house!
Get a Color Coded Height Wristband
To save time at each ride, get a color-coded wristband for your little ones at the official ride measuring station. These wristbands indicate that your child meets the height requirements for most kid’s rides and help avoid unnecessary measuring delays. Plus, there’s a spot to write your contact information in case you get separated.
Buy a Tasting Passport
If you’re a foodie or simply enjoy trying different dishes, the Tasting Passport is a must-have. This passport allows you to sample up to five different entrees from eateries around the park. It’s the perfect solution for couples with differing tastes. You can try multiple dishes and keep the peace in your marriage!
What to Do in Case of Rain
Get Some Ponchos
In case of rain, don’t let it dampen your spirits. Silver Dollar City has got you covered-literally! Each shop sells ponchos that are perfect for keeping you and your little ones dry while still enjoying the park. Simply put them over the strollers with your kids’ heads poking out, and you’re good to go.
Get an Extra Day Free
Did you know that if it rains for more than 90 minutes during your visit to Silver Dollar City, you can receive a complimentary ticket valid for one day during that season? Simply visit Guest Relations and they’ll take care of you. It’s just another way this park goes above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction.
Family Amenities at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City understands the needs of parents and provides several amenities to make your visit more comfortable:
Nursing mothers will appreciate the dedicated nursing rooms, which offer privacy and comfort. Even if you don’t nurse, these air-conditioned rooms with rocking chairs provide a peaceful oasis to feed your little one or give them a break from the excitement.
Silver Dollar City staff members are happy to fill your baby’s bottle with warm water free of charge. It’s just another example of the park’s commitment to making your day as stress-free as possible.
Rides Not to Miss
Silver Dollar City offers a wide range of rides for kids of all ages. Here are some must-rides for your little ones:
- Fire in the Hole
- Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train
- Happy Frogs
- Elephant March
- Fire Spotter
- Grand Exposition Coaster
- Lucky’s Dizzy Dogs
- Magnificent Wave Carousel (Swings)
- Racing Regatta
- Royal Tea Party
- The Flooded Mine
- Wings of Wonder
For the big kids at heart, don’t miss the exhilarating Time Traveler and the brand-new Mystic River Falls. These rides are sure to bring out the childlike joy in everyone.
Planning Your Trip
Here are a few tips to help you plan your trip to Silver Dollar City:
Check Their Website for Specials on Tickets
Before purchasing your tickets, check the Silver Dollar City website for any current specials. For instance, on Thursdays, you can find discounted admission prices at select locations in Kansas and Arkansas. It’s an opportunity to save some money and have a fantastic day at the park.
We hope these tips and insights make your visit to Silver Dollar City an incredible experience. Share your own tips and hacks in the comments below. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more transparent parenting, easy recipes, and the chaos of daily life.