Thursday, August 14, 2014

Family Fun at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL

6 flags great america, gurnee, IL
Whirligig at Six Flags Great America

Last week I took the 4 kiddos to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL.  With over 100 rides and attractions and free "Read to Succeed" passes for the kiddos (and for me for coordinating the program at their school) - we had to go!  Before heading out we checked the map of the rides and wrote down our favorites.  At ages 4, 7, 11 and 13, you can guess there weren't many similarities among the lists.  Here's what was on their lists:

Little A (age 4):  Carousel and Scenic Railway
Munchkin (age 7):  Little Dipper, Roaring Rapids, water park
Gaigai (age 11):  water park
Tazer (age 13):  any roller coaster, water park

We managed to go on all the chosen rides and some extras, except we opted out of Roaring Rapids because we planned to finish up in the water park.  Tazer said he would go on any or all the roller coasters but did not want to wait in any lines longer than an hour.  The Great American Eagle and Little Dipper were the only ones that fit the bill, and he was fine with that - the latest and greatest ride, Goliath had over a 2 1/2 hour wait!  Tazer and Munchkin had fun riding the Eagle together while the rest of us flew in planes and apples right adjacent to them.  

After the rides we headed to Hurricane Harbor ($5/person) and hung out there until it closed at 6.  We then packed up and called it a day.  Just as we left the park, we spotted a Rosati's and stopped for a quick bite (which took a bit longer than we wanted - next year we'll order before we're on our way).

All in all a great day!  We worked on our patience waiting in lines, choosing and agreeing on what rides we went on and overall having a fun day.

Hurricane Harbor
Hurricane Harbor at SixFlags Great America

Tips for family fun and savings at 6 Flags:

Have your children participate in "Read to Succeed" to receive free admission, or check online for deals.

Pack a lunch.  Bring water bottles - one each is allowed into the park.  Don't try to bring food into the park - they'll confiscate it at the entrance.

Bring bathing suits and towels to cool off at Hurricane Harbor.

What are your favorite amusement park rides?

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