Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do at Busch Gardens

First-time visitor or just looking for an inside scoop? Here’s a list of KIDsiderate ® things to do at Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg. If you have kids nine and younger, you can’t go wrong with checking these items off during your visit to the park (whichever season you may come). Whether your kids are looking for fun in the sun, splash areas, or sweet treats, Busch Gardens has a little something everyone will enjoy. Young adventurers will be on cloud nine after meeting their favorite furry friends in Sesame Street ® Forest of Fun  and conquering their first coaster experience. Look for the season you will be visiting to see what is available.

Spring & Summer



1. Sesame Street ® Forest of Fun , Land of the Dragons ® and all other KIDsiderate rides are open for kids to enjoy (water attractions close as it gets chilly outside in September or October). Come early during the day to ride, but make sure you leave by 5 p.m. The scare squad starts at 6 p.m. and it is difficult to navigate the park without running into them. These play areas will close at 5 p.m. during Howl-O-Scream ®

2. The Count makes a special visit to Sesame Street Forest of Fun during the fall on Saturdays and Sundays in October at our newest event, The Count’s Spooktacular. Stop by and snap a picture with your favorite vampire and other friendly monsters in 1-2-3 Smile with Me. Enjoy time with your kids, sing and dance along to a whole new show featuring the Count, participate in kid-friendly activities, safely trick-or-treat throughout the park and catch the Sesame Street Forest of Fun parade at 4:45 p.m. (starting at Elmo’s Castle).

3. Children 9 and younger are encouraged and allowed to wear costumes during The Count’s Spooktacular event, Saturdays and Sundays in October. Forgot your kid’s costume? Transform your little one into a spooky ghoul with special Halloween face painting* located at different kiosks around the park. Masks are not allowed for anyone and for the safety of our guests and performers, guests ages 10 and older are prohibited from wearing costumes in the park during Howl-O-Scream.

4. Take a family photo in front of the big pumpkin near Highland Stables. There are tons of photo opportunities for kids and families throughout the park during the day. If your kids love pirates, let the kids man the wheel at our photo op in Italy. The park is still decorated for the haunts of Halloween, but we take precautions to make most areas kid-friendly during the day and turn up the scares with specialty lighting, fog and scare actors at night, starting at 6 p.m.

5. Night Beats  and Starfright Orchestra  are fun shows that will have you and your kids singing along to your favorite Halloween songs. Performers are dressed in costumes, but these shows are for all ages. Show times run throughout the day and evening. Beware when bringing children to Monster Stomp ™ on Ripper Row ® and Fiends (contains adult, explicit content).

6. Our educational demonstrations with howling wolves and animal predators will teach your kids about the real things that go bump in the night. Stop by Wolf Haven and Highland Stables to learn more about our animals.

7. Save room for a festive dessert. Try our Halloween-inspired treats (like monster cake) at all of our major restaurants in the park.

8. We offer pumpkin carving templates for you and your kids to try together at home. Pick your favorite, grab a pumpkin from the patch and do a fun family activity.

9. Want to dress up as Jack the Ripper or any other spooky character for Halloween this year? Learn how to make an easy cape for your little one with just scissors, fabric and ribbon (no sewing involved) and wear it around your neighborhood on Hallow’s Eve. We also have makeup tutorials available if you’re feeling creative.

* Additional fee


Bring a smile to your child's face with our kid-friendly attractions and sights this holiday season. From Santa Claus to Christmas lights, it's a Christmas event for the whole family to enjoy together. To help you explore Christmas Town , we put together a few guides on the different ways to experience the park.

A KIDsiderate Christmas  The Santa Circuit
The Best of Christmas Town™  Where Christmas Shines Brightest