I love amusement parks. Growing up my family had season passes to a really big one called Six Flags Over Texas. I could never sleep the night before we went because I was always so excited. I get the same feeling when I am planning to take my kids to Toverland Amusement Park. I actually think that Toverland is better for younger kids than Six Flags, it is very accessible to all age groups. I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old and there is plenty to keep them both entertained and some much bigger rides my 4 year old is very much looking forward to.
The inside of Toverland is worth the trip all by itself. There are 2 giant rooms inside.
When you first go in you will walk directly into a giant room filled with things for the kids to do. There are 2 HUGE play areas. One is a wooden playground that is meant for the under 4 crowd. Directly behind that there is a huge soft play with tubes going to different levels (I have no clue whats inside because I sit on a bench and let my kids explore the inside). There is a tea cup ride, a twirling swing ride, cars that go on a track (for the little kids), a caterpillar ride (also for the little kids), a “magic house” where kids point wands at sensors and things move (my kids are obsessed with this house and go in it at least 3 times when we visit) and a giant slide. Above your head there is a really cool roller coaster train!
In the center of the room there is a seating area with a nice peaceful fountain and in one corner there is a cafe with tons of seating.
I think this room is planned out very well. The different play areas are enclosed with fences and there is only one or two entrances/exits so its pretty easy to keep track of the kids as they play. In an ideal world, someone would take this room all by itself and put it within walking distance of my house. We would be there every day after school.
At the back there is the entrance to the second big room. You walk through a really sweet little tunnel set to look like a magic cave of some kind. I don’t have any pictures because its not very big and the lighting is very purple.
This room is centred around a giant food court. There are different “cafes” where you can buy different foods (pizza and pasta, hamburgers and fries, coffee and ice cream, sandwiches, …). These are all set around the inside of a circle surrounded by tables.
Around the eating area are more rides to the right and climbing structures (and some rides) to the left. There is a good mix of rides here for different age groups but I believe all of them require that a parent go on with the little kids (under 120 cm). There is a really sweet carousel that my daughter rides several times at every visit. The climbing stricture is a network of towers joined by tubes and nets. There are slides throughout.
This room is my sons favourite because he is a little monkey. I struggle with it, though. The rides are great but my daughter (2 years old) is just to small to keep up with him. I also have a little trouble keeping up with my son (4 years old) through all those tubes. I have a rule with my son that as long as he stays in that room he can play on his own while I keep track of my daughter. It’s not that big of a space so I can generally find him if I need to. He enjoys it enough that he doesn’t really wander to far away.
There are 2 entrances to the outdoor area in this room, one in the back and one on the right side. I always like to know where all the exits are. Better safe than sorry!
Epic all on its own.
The outdoor area wraps around two sides of the building. Straight out the back there is a water play area with a nice fountain show several times a day. It’s a fun set up. There are ropes and bridges over a very shallow pond and kids can climb and jump while trying to stay out of the water.
There is also a nice little cafe here. I think its the prettiest in the park.
Behind this there are a few big roller coasters, a few small rides and a really great playground.
And around the side there is even more to do.
Trampolines, slides, a maze, and a huge water play area. There are fountains to run through, and teeter totters (wip wap) to play on and lots of things to climb on. Luckily this area is pretty open so it’s rather easy to find a bench and let the kids play while keeping an eye on them.
At the back there are the really big rides. I haven’t ridden any of them because I always have my kids to look after but they look really fun. Every time we go my husband and I joke that we need to go one day without the kids. It seems unlikely, but it would be a lot of fun!
Looking for somewhere a little more peaceful? Or some pretty spots to take pictures? There is a nice path with waterfalls and ponds. This path has two entrances/exits and it joins the two sides of the outdoor place. You don’t have to go though it to get from one spot to another but its really nice.
Phew! I’m a little tired from just writing about all that there is to do there! We did not do or see everything in one day, it’s just to big. The nice thing is that we really didn’t have to. The first time we went it was hot outside so the kids spent a lot of time in the water play areas and the other outdoor play spaces. The second time it had gotten colder so those areas were bypassed almost completely and the kids spent most of the time indoors. Whatever the weather and the kids will have a great time.
I really like Toverland. It all feels really manageable with a family and doesn’t get to overwhelming for me. I don’t feel like I spend the entire day walking from attraction to attraction because there is stuff to do everywhere. It’s also a very pretty park!
Some Practical Information:
- Here is their website: Toverland
- This is the address: Toverlaan 2, 5975 MR Sevenum
- There are places to buy food everywhere but you can also bring your own. There are tables all over the park where you can eat but you aren’t permitted to sit a table by one of the indoor cafes with your own food. You will have no trouble finding a place to sit and eat.
- The opening times vary throughout the year. During the summer Toverland is generally open from 10:00 – 6:00. Mid November they close the outdoor area for all but a short time when they hold their Toverland Winter celebrations. Make sure you check the website before you plan to go. This is a link to the opening times section on their page: Opening Times
- Toverland entry prices depend on height. I really like this because smaller kids can ride fewer rides so it’s only natural they they should cost less. A standard entry price is 27 Euros for adults, 17.50 for kids between 90 cm – 120cm and is free for kids under 90 cm.
- Discounts: You get a discount of you buy your tickets online. I have also seen coupon vouchers available and Kroutvat and I have gotten random coupons from ANWB and and some other places. Keep an eye out for coupons like this. It is not cheap for a family to go and any discount helps.
- There is loads of parking, costing 8 Euros per car.
- Year passes: We are a big fan of year passes in this house. All of the money that kids get for Christmas and birthdays go towards them. After our most recent trip to Toverland we decided to invest in year passes (it helped that we went for my daughters birthday and we had some birthday money to spend). If you go 3 times in a year you have covered the cost of the pass. An annual pass to Toverland costs 75 Euros for adults, 49 Euros for kids between 90 – 120 cm, and you can get a yearly parking pass for 32 Euros. (All these prices were correct at the end of 2016 BTW but I can’t promise they won’t change)
I really recommend Toverland Amusement Park. Check it out, you won’t regret it!
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