Over the weekend, my kids and I had the opportunity to check out the third annual Spring Bloom Festival at Kings Dominion near Richmond, VA. Operating on Saturdays and Sundays through May 15, the Spring Bloom Festival is all about flowers, family and fun.
We had a great time exploring the rides and activities at Kings Dominion during the opening weekend of the festival. This was our first time visiting the park in the spring and it was such a treat. The temperatures were cool, the sun was shining and the ride lines were short.
Get the kids in the car and head to Kings Dominion for the Spring Bloom Festival. Not that your kids will need much convincing, but here are 10 great reasons to go this spring. Have fun. 🙂
1. Planet Snoopy. We love Planet Snoopy and always start there first when we visit Kings Dominion. There are nearly 20 rides just for kids, including Joe Cool’s Driving School and Lucy’s Tugboat. There are also two kid-sized roller coasters, including Woodstock Express, which I rode twice and screamed both times.
2. Cute Baby Animals. Who doesn’t love a petting zoo with baby animals? Open from 12-5 pm, the petting zoo is located in the Planet Snoopy area of the park. Look for bunnies, alpacas, sheep and miniature horses. There were even some very, very small baby piglets playing with a tiny kitten. So cute. 🙂
3. Shorter Ride Lines. While not related to spring, one great reason to the take the kids to the Spring Bloom Festival is that the lines for rides are much shorter than in the summer. Even better, the weather is cooler, which is nice when plans have you outside all day.
4. Spring Bloom Food Faire. Under the Eiffel Tower, look for the Spring Bloom Food Faire, a showcase of foods inspired by four different countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Ireland. There you’ll find tasty treats like Swiss Mac and Cheese with Diced Bacon and Smoked Gouda (a favorite of my 10 y.o.).
Each country features three dishes created by the park’s own Chef Paul. You’ll need to buy tickets at the booth under the Eiffel Tower to try out the dishes. It’s $3 for a sample portion or $8 for a full-size portion (honestly, we found that the sample sizes were plenty). It’s a must while you’re in the park.
5. Character Meet & Greets. Of course, there are character meet and greets every day at Kings Dominion, but now the Peanuts characters are dressed up for the season. We saw Linus and Charlie Brown both dressed up as if ready to play spring sports. They were always roaming, so there were lots of good photo opps.
6. Live Entertainment. There’s a band that plays every day of the Spring Bloom Festival between 12:30-2 pm and 4-6 pm on the main stage near the Eiffel Tower. There are several cafes and ice cream shops near the stage, so you’ll want to grab a snack, take a break and listen to the music. We love free concerts.
7. Spring Flowers. Of course, if you’re going to an event called the Spring Bloom Festival, you’ll want to check out the colorful spring flowers all around the park. They’re all so beautiful, especially near the front of the park when you first enter. Keep your eyes open for butterfly and dragonfly decorations, too.
8. Funnel Cakes and Dippin’ Dots. I love to go to theme parks, like Kings Dominion, if only for the fun foods we can’t get at home, like funnel cakes and Dippin’ Dots. Among our other faves are candy apples, frozen custard and walnut fudge. Such a yummy treat.
9. Multigenerational Fun. We picked up my parents on our way to Kings Dominion. Not only did they have a great time with two of my kids, but my step-father told me that he realized that you can have fun at Kings Dominion without riding any of the rides. It’s a fun place to just be with the grandkids!
10. Springtime Crafts. My kids love hands-on activities, so head to the Kids Garden inside Planet Snoopy for family-friendly activities, like flower pot decorating (from 3-5 pm). They also have a Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop (from 12-2 pm) where kids can use their hands to build things, like chalkboard planters.
The Spring Bloom Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays through May 15 at Kings Dominion. Also, be sure to come back for the Memorial Weekend Salute (May 28-30), Star Spangled Celebration (July 2-4), KidsFest (July 16-17, 23-24) and Great Pumpkin Festival (September 19-October 30). Have fun. 🙂
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand. I have been compensated for my participation. However, all opinions are my own.