Pirate’s Cove: Big Fun on a Small Scale

Not ready for summer to be over? Me neither (although I do love Fall…those Pumpkin Spice Lattes are calling my name!). So that’s why we are soaking up every last second of summer by going to favorite old stand byes and hidden gems before it’s too late. Our favorite place for one last summer fling? Pirate’s Cove in Elk Grove Village, the only amusement park specifically designed for itty bitty kiddos. It may be small in size, but it is definitely BIG on fun. Here’s what to pack for Pirate’s Cove so you can have Big Fun on a Small Scale.

Pirate's Cove - One Last Summer Fling - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

You see, we frequent as many carnivals and amusement parks as we can over the summer, but we constantly run into the same problem: not enough rides for my itty bitty guys or rides that are still a bit too scary for them. That is not the case at Pirate’s Cove. Every single ride is perfect for kids toddler aged and up, and it is a great place for timid kids (like my oldest who is five but still struggles a bit with big kid rides) to gain some confidence, independence, and simply have some fun!

Pirate's Cove - Dragon Slide - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

One of the reasons why we love Pirate’s Cove so much is because it is affordable (only $12 per child and adults get in free). You can stay as long as you would like, but I would say that after about three hours both you and your kiddos will be wiped out and ready to rest at home. You are also welcome to bring in your own drinks and snacks, so you can have a picnic on their adorable pirate ship located in the middle of the park, or you can splurge on some food from their concession stands. There are also fun themed nights and Pirate shows throughout the day, so there is always something fun going on whether on or off rides.

Pirate's Cove - Train - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

When planning your visit, I highly recommend that you pack the following for Pirate’s Cove:

*A change of clothes (the boat ride can get a bit wet)

*Sunscreen and bug spray…here are our favorites.

*Water bottles (there are lots of water fountains for refills around Pirate’s Cove)

*Snacks and a packed lunch

*Gym shoes and socks (there is a bounce house and while socks aren’t mandatory, they are highly encouraged)

*A friend to have a play date. Since kids are old and big enough to navigate all of the rides alone, Pirate’s Cove provides the rare opportunity for you to actually have an adult conversation while watching your kids. It’s pretty amazing.

*A sword or other pirate toys from the Dollar Store, because you have to leave through the gift shop and if your kids are anything like mine, they will FREAK out if they don’t get a special pirate toy from Pirate’s Cove.

Pirate's Cove - Carousel - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

Looking for other great places to soak in the last bit of summer? Then be sure to check out my Summer Bucket List!

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  1. Francisca Ramos says

    I am going to check where Pirate’s Cove is located. Their price are great and adults get in free! It’s true! It’s hard to find rides suitable for kids. I have three boys that would enjoy the fun. Thanks for the tip on Pirate’s Cove.

  2. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    We promised the kids we’d visit a children’s amusement park before the end of the summer. So we’re looking at options near us so we can take a trip within the next few weeks. This place looks amazing- I know my kids would love this!

  3. Angela Harris says

    Summers almost over. I really need to take my kids to one last fun spot. I loved all the photos. They look like they are having a blast,

  4. Jeanine says

    Looks like so much fun. We only have one amusement type park near us and we’ve yet to go. This one looks like my kids would enjoy it a lot! I can’t wait to give birth and enjoy the rest of the summer.

  5. Sara says

    Pirates cove looks like so much fun!! When my kids were younger we went to a similar place every summer. Your kids will have such wonderful memories!

  6. Bonnie @wemake7 says

    I know, I can’t believe Summer will be over soon. We have been planning as much as we can this month. Pirates cove sounds fun.

  7. Rebecca Swenor says

    The end of summer is right around the corner and it is always fun to have that last summer ha-raw. It looks like you all had a great time a Pirates Cove. I actually have never heard of a place charging for kids but adults get in free. This is something I will have to share with my sister and niece for their kids. Thanks for sharing you experience.

  8. Heather Stone says

    I can’t believe Summer is almost over. Pirates Cove looks like a lot of fun. We love taking our five kids to amusement parks each summer, though this summer we have had a chance to go to one yet. I love that the adults get in free, never heard of a place doing that. Thanks for sharing a fun Summer travel idea

  9. Michelle Cantu says

    Pirates Cove looks amazing. We need to have one last summer fling ourselves. My boys and I deserve it.

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