Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Adirondack Family Activities: Santa’s Workshop Character Breakfast

This is the final weekend to have breakfast with the merry old elf before he starts working overtime. So if you are planning a visit to Santa’s Workshop in Wilmington, N.Y., September 5th is the last opportunity for the season to join Santa and his friends for breakfast at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. The buffet is offered only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The price is a reasonable $8.95 for children 12 and under. Admission to the park is not included.

This fantasy adventure park is a sure thing for a younger set. Red-vested elves, Frosty the Snowman, and some other wintry characters will greet you and from then on, it’s Santa’s terrain. Many of the carnival rides have weight and height restrictions so with great pride the very youngest will be able to venture off and gain some much needed independence. Take note of the elf holding the sign, “This ride is for children who stand beneath my hand.”

The Christmas theme is carried throughout the park with a Sleigh Rollercoaster, Tree Ornament Ride, Peppermint Swing, and Candy Cane Train to name a few.

Since 1949, Santa’s Workshop has been providing families with wintery fun all year long. The brainchild of Lake Placid businessman Julian Reiss and designed by Arto Monaco, Santa’s Workshop became the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It has been touted as the first theme park.

Make sure to check in at the North Pole Railroad Station because the entry fee is good for a second consecutive day. For those other parents with lift ticket mentality (dividing the number of runs taken by the cost of the ski ticket) having the opportunity to come back another day will take some pressure off trying to fit in all that Santa’s Workshop has to offer.

Catch some of Santa’s friends performing at Mother Goose’s Guild or watch a puppet show at the Jack Jingle Theatre. Wrap up the tour with a trip to the barn to feed the reindeer. Children can even participate in a parade to Santa’s House where they can have a sit down with St. Nick.

Santa’s Workshop is located in Wilmington, NY. Call 800-806-0215 for directions. Please remember if your visit is incomplete, you may request a re-entry pass for the next day at the post office.

Photograph of cast members at Santa’s Workshop.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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