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California Great America

Most of the Bay Area is stuck at home with kids, perhaps scrambling for something fun to do. We thought we'd help out with some amusement park fun to help keep your family entertained at home. Here's a list of California's Great America-inspired things to do with kids. If you try any of these, be sure to tag us on social @cagreatamerica so we can see how it turned out! We'll be sharing your kids' creations over the next few days.

Take a Virtual Ride on a Coaster

You might not be able to ride any roller coasters at Great America right now, but why let that stop you from getting the butterflies in your stomach and enjoying a thrill right from the comfort of your own home? Our Great America YouTube page has five roller coaster POV videos that show you a front-seat view from our most popular coasters. All you need is internet access or the YouTube app on your phone or TV, and you can send your kids on a virtual ride. (Bonus points for realistic screams!)

Dream Up Your Own Amusement Park

Break out those LEGO bricks, bust out your K'NEX or dig out some Magna-tiles, and help your kid construct their dream amusement park. Flatten some large cardboard boxes and draw paths for guests in between their imaginative rides. Then find household objects, or doodle right on the cardboard, to represent different rides, slides, shops, themed areas and landmarks.

Need inspiration for rides and waterpark slides? Here is the list of Great America's attractions to get your kids' creative juices flowing.

Draw Your Own Amusement Park Map

If you don't want to transform an entire room in your house into a whole amusement park, have your kids draw or paint their own dream park on paper. Help your budding theme park designer along by asking a few questions:

  • What's the biggest ride there?
  • What kind of water rides will there be?
  • Are there rides for kids?
  • Do you think there's a water park?
  • Where will people eat when they get there?
  • Where is the park located? Is it on a tropical island, or in the middle of a forest? Maybe smack-dab in the heart of a big city?
  • What will make the entrance special?
  • What would people stop and take selfies in front of?
  • Are there any special characters that call your park home?

Don't be afraid to use the Great America map for a little inspiration!

Create Your Own Wild Ride

If tackling a whole park seems like too big of an undertaking, have your kids focus on creating one ride instead. They can draw, paint, or build their creation. Have them think about names, themes, colors, crazy loop-de-loops—anything and everything! Here are some supplies that might help you get started:

  • Marbles or small balls for the roller coaster vehicles
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic or paper cups
  • Scissors
  • Supports, like paper towel tubes, books or boxes
  • Rubber bands
  • Toothpicks, popsicle sticks or wooden dowels
  • Paper plates
  • String

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General Driving Directions

From San Francisco
US 101 south to Great America Parkway exit (45 mi/72km);

From San Jose
US 101 north to Great America Parkway exit (3mi/5km);

From Oakland
I-880 south to 237, then west to Great America Parkway exit (45mi/72km); From Sacramento: I-80 west to I-680 south; then Highway 237 west to Great America Parkway exit (142mi/229km).

Public Transportation

Northern California's most thrilling park is also Northern California's most accessible!

VTA (Valley Transportation Authority)
VTA light rail trains and buses arrive daily from points throughout Santa Clara County. Call 408-321-2300 or visit www.vta.org

AMTRAK/Capitol Corridor
Trains arrive daily at Great America station from Reno, Sacramento, Oakland and other points north. Call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrakcapitols.com

ACE (Altamont Commuter Express)
Trains arrive at Great America station from Stockton, Tracy, Pleasanton and other points east. Call 1-800-411-RAIL or visit www.acerail.com

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
Take the # 140, #141 or #180 VTA bus from the Fremont Bart station.

Connect to the VTA light rail at the Mountain View Caltrain station from points throughout the San Francisco Bay Peninsula and south to Gilroy. Call 1-800-660-4287 or visit www.caltrain.org

The pick-up/drop-off and rideshare area is located just past the entrance to the California's Great America parking lot entrance. This area's street address is 4911 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

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