By Guest Blogger, Andrea Robaszek – Vacationing with Kids
The way I see it is, once a Santa fan … always a Santa fan. The same rings true for a great little place you may have heard of in Bracebridge, ON called Santa’s Village.
As a child, my parents would take the family to Santa’s Village and I have such great memories of it. Now as a parent to an 8 year old boy and 6 year old girl, it is my mission to help my kids create great memories, like I have, that will last their lifetime.
For the first time last year we took our kids to experience Santa’s Village. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect since I hadn’t been there in years but we had such a fun-filled day that we can’t wait to go back again this year.
There are so many reasons we loved our day at Santa’s Village so I will share some of our experience with you…
Upon entering the kids received an elf hat that made them an honorary elf for the day. And as they went on their merry elf way they came across so many fun rides and climbing structures that were geared to kids of all different ages. One of the great things we found was that lines were short and moved quickly.
Be sure to cross over to Elf Island where you will find a huge playground, you can test your courage as your climb up the rope cargo net and let your inner Picasso out on the colouring wall.
A definite must to do at the park is to ride on Santa’s Summer Sleigh which is a guided jet boat that takes you down the gorgeous Muskoka river. Decorated to look like a sleigh, with the reindeer leading the way, this 50 ft. jet boat is super fun!
Just outside the main park you will find Sportsland which is a pay-as-you-go area where you can find Go Karting, batting cages, an arcade and a Bungee Trampoline which our kids loved.
When asked to pick their favourite things at Santa’s village, my kids hard a hard time just picking a few as they truly enjoyed our entire day at the park. In the end here are their favourite things: Elf Island, Santa’s Roller Coaster, Santa’s Summer Sleigh, the splash pad (it was a scorcher of a day) and the Miniature Train that takes you through the entire park.
You can pack your own picnic if you’d like but the food choices and reasonable cost of the food gave me a day off from cooking so I too could fully enjoy myself.
Of course no trip to Santa’s Village would be complete without a visit with the jolly man himself. This was definitely at the top of our kid’s list because how often do you get to stop in for a visit with Santa in the middle of the summer? As you stroll through his house you can see where he writes his letters, see his gift list, and maybe even find a gift already wrapped under the tree for you. Bring your camera as you can get a pic of the kids with Santa. And don’t forget that a little eavesdropping from the parents and you can start your Christmas shopping early! 😉 Be sure to stop by and visit Santa’s trusty reindeer after you leave Santa’s cabin as you can pet and feed them.
Now I ask you to close your eyes for a second and imagine … It’s a warm summer day, Christmas carols are softly playing, the smell of homemade fudge is wafting through the air, you hear a faint “ho ho ho” coming from nearby and the sound of children laughing. That image brought a smile to your face, right?! That is Santa’s Village wrapped up into the perfect little Summer Christmas present for you.
There are so many wonderful memories waiting for your family at Santa’s Village so be sure to make the trip this year and I promise you, like us, you will want to keep going back year after year.
Andrea Robaszek– Vacationing with Kids