A Day of Family Fun at Valleyfair
Valleyfair is the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest—and in addition to grown-up thrills, it’s a great destination for families with small children. From low-key rides and water park attractions to entertainment and eats, here’s your itinerary for a day of family fun at Valleyfair.
Start your day at Planet Snoopy, a Peanuts-themed area of the park that’s home to over a dozen mild thrill rides. Some are kid-sized versions of popular carnival rides, while others can be enjoyed by the whole family. Beat the heat at the Peanuts Playhouse, a two-story, air conditioned foam ball play area with slides, cannons, and slingshots.
In addition to the rides at Planet Snoopy, there are family-friendly attractions throughout the park, like the vintage-style carousel and Ferris wheel. The Minnesota River Valley Railroad is a replica 1800s train that transports your family from one side of the park to the other without a long walk (conveniently, one of the depots is located at Planet Snoopy).
Be sure to catch a show or two—Valleyfair offers a full schedule of live entertainment. For kid-focused shows, check out the Peanuts Showplace for Charlie Brown’s Hoedown (country tunes) and Sally & Schroeder’s Sing-A-Long (you’ll learn French, Spanish, Hindi and American Sign Language phrases).
Spend the afternoon cooling down at Soak City, Valleyfair’s on-site water park. Barefoot Beach is a zero-depth splash pad perfect for young children, with nearly an acre of pint-sized slides, geysers, and other interactive water features.
Another kid-friendly water park attraction is Splash Station, a wading pool and play area. There are plenty of nearby beach chairs so that you can relax while your kids unwind.
For a VIP experience, consider renting a Kiddie Splash Pad Cabana. Each private cabana accommodates up to 8 guests and is furnished with chaise lounge chairs, a table with chairs, and a lockable safe. Plus, a bucket of popcorn is included and you can order additional food and beverages to be delivered poolside.
Speaking of food, from pizza and burgers to cotton candy and ice cream, Valleyfair has plenty of kid-friendly eats. Several spots serve kids’ meals, including Planet Snoopy Grill, Northwoods Grill, Coasters, and Beach Bites.
Enjoy family fun at Valleyfair all summer long with a Pre-K Pass—it’s a free season pass available for kids ages 3-5. Register online by July 4, 2021, and then bring your child to the park on any public operating day through September 6, 2021 to activate the pass. Your child must be present, and you’ll need to bring an original or copy of a document that provides their proof of age (for example, a birth certificate or a passport).
Visit Shakopee for your next family vacation—in addition to Valleyfair, Shakopee is home to Canterbury Park and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and is conveniently located to area attractions including Mystic Lake Casino, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.