By The Safety Mom


Our vacation is off to a great start! I have to say, finding your way to Lancaster, PA isn’t the easiest – thank goodness for the GPS in the Toyota Sienna! But once we found the Willow Valley Inn and Resort the kids were in heaven! There are both indoor and outdoor pools with a game room attached, Spencer and Wyatt were in heaven! And, Kelsey’s favorite part was the smorgasbord and all you can eat salad bar (yes, she’s my healthy one!). We were all excited once we found the bakery downstairs with the most incredible cookies and pastries. There’s even a golf course and a beautiful pond and playground. Also, the staff is extremely welcoming and available to answer any questions. I quickly realized that the kids would be completely happy just staying here and not even going to Dutch Wonderland but I’m so glad we did get over there.

Dutch Wonderland is the perfect amusement park for the younger set. All of the rides are geared to toddler up to twelve years of age. The park is incredibly clean, easy to navigate and tons of fun rides! If it’s your first time it’s probably good to start out with the train ride around the park to get your bearings first. Yesterday was pretty hot so all of the kids voted for the Duke’s Lagoon first which was the perfect choice! There’s enough water activity to keep kids entertained all day and it gave Greg and me a chance to relax a bit in the shade. There are tons of lifeguards working the area which made me feel quite safe. I have to say it was so wonderful to see my kids laughing and having so much fun. I also like that it’s pay one price so that you don’t have to worry about tickets and the kids can ride as often as they like. Kelsey tried to set a record on the Ripcord by riding it 7 times in a row! If you have a child with special needs, the park has opportunities for you to go to the head of the line if there are crowds and will work with you to make sure your child has a great experience. Dutch Wonderland is a great value and experience for families.

And Kelsey, aka The Safety Daughter, also had an opportunity to interview Sir Xavier, the knight at Dutch Wonderland who’s all about safety!

Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.

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