Giveaway – Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

*** This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Dawn, Danceddd, and Melody! Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park! 

SEE MY UPDATED POST INCLUDING OUR EXPERIENCE!

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Giveaway

*** This post was previously posted on Wednesday, May 9, but because of problems with Google’s Blogger, the post, and all the comments that had been made, disappeared. As of now, I don’t have any way to access the previous comments so if you already entered, PLEASE enter again! I’m so sorry for the inconvenience and I’ve extended the giveaway to Monday, May 23 at 11:59 pm.

Midge o’ Racer

I’m so excited about this! I’m a Chicagoan born & bred so I remember visiting Santa’s Village in Dundee (40 miles Northwest of Chicago) as a kid. Santa’s Village closed in 2005, but now it’s reopening as Santa’s Village AZoosment Park. Now I get to take my kids there so they can ride some of the same rides I went on!

The grand opening will be Friday, May 27 (Memorial Day weekend). Admission is $16.50 per person, with children 2 and under free, and includes all rides and attractions. Parking is free. Family season passes are available for $132 for four people, and $30 for each additional family member.

Original Santa’s Village Slide

The rides at Santa’s Village will be a combination of original Santa’s Village rides (Balloon Race, Convoy, Sleighride, and Starjet), rides from Kiddieland Amusement Park (Midge O’ Racer and Kiddie Whip), and new rides (Dragon Coaster, Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Hand Trains, Swings, and Tilt-A-Whirl). I’m particularly excited about the Convoy; it’s so cool that kids “drive” while the adults are passengers!

Original Santa’s Village Convoy

In addition to the rides, there are a variety of animal exhibits (as you may have guess by the “aZOOsment”) – a petting zoo, pony rides, a walk-in aviary with over 200 birds, and an exotic animal show with a hands-on demonstration – as well as a magic show with Tim Balster, the Kids Bucks Game Show (where kids can win Santa’s Village bucks to spend in the park), and an arcade with a prize redemption area. There are picnic groves available for private events, and open to the public if not booked for events. Outside food is not allowed in the park Outside food IS now allowed in the park; there is a picnic area and coolers and small grills are allowed. There is a food area with a variety of options.

Petting Zoo

My family is very excited and we will be visiting Santa’s Village AZoosment Park when it opens, so check back here soon for more detailing information about the park and our experiences. OR, check out the park yourself! Thanks to the generosity of the Santa’s Village people, I have three family passes to give away! Family passes are good for four family members and they’re valid through June of this year. There will be THREE winners, receiving one family pass each.

Kiddie Whip

To enter:

  • Leave me a comment here. Feel free to tell me about a Santa’s Village memory, or what you’d like to see on Toddling Around Chicagoland, or just that you’d like to win, or anything else you feel like saying!

Optional extra entries – must complete above entry first & please leave one comment for each:

Please leave me a comment for EACH entry and your email address if it is not in your profile for each entry that you complete above so I can accurately pick a winner. This contest ends Monday, May 23. I will do everything I can to be sure each of the winners receives their pass before the opening weekend! Thanks everyone and good luck! Any comments that do not meet the requirements will be disqualified. This contest is only open to US residents.

138 Responses to Giveaway – Santa’s Village AZoosment Park
  1. Jessica828YP
    May 11, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    I took my son to santas village the last day it was open and now I have a daughter who just turned one and can't wait to take her email address is jessica828yp@comcast.net

  2. Jennifer
    May 11, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    When I was a teen (quite a while ago…smile)EVERYONE worked at Santa's village. I think it will always be a memory of my generation. It was a great place for teens to work because it was fun!

  3. Niamh
    May 11, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    Would love to visit this Summer.

  4. Jennifer
    May 11, 2011 | 7:19 pm

    Liked Toddling Around Chicagoland on facebook. Great way to find things for toddlers to do!! Never knew of it until it was posted on facebook!

  5. Jennifer
    May 11, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    Posted on facebook about this giveaway (darn…rather keep it all to myself…smile)

  6. Brigid Keely
    May 11, 2011 | 7:59 pm

    Oh, what fun!

    My aunt once took my cousins and me to Santa's Village. It was a great time!

  7. danceddd
    May 11, 2011 | 8:03 pm

    Fun! I remember going as a little girl. Can't wait to take my three kids there now! Seems like it will be less crowded than six flags, and more oriented t little kids.

  8. danceddd
    May 11, 2011 | 8:05 pm

    Just liked you on facebook

  9. danceddd
    May 11, 2011 | 8:10 pm

    Just liked santa's village and told em you sent me :)

  10. meliss
    May 11, 2011 | 8:29 pm

    Such great childhood memories of Santa's Village – now I can't wait to create some with my children!!!

  11. meliss
    May 11, 2011 | 8:34 pm

    I 'liked' Santa's Village AZoosment Park on Facebook & tolf them Toddling Around Chicagoland sent me!

  12. meliss
    May 11, 2011 | 8:35 pm

    I “Like” Toddling Around Chicagoland on Facebook !!!

  13. d33d5572-7c3c-11e0-bd44-000bcdcb471e
    May 11, 2011 | 9:09 pm

    My fav part was the fire truck ride? or train ride maybe? when we got to squirt water at a real burning “building” that is the only thing I remember.. it was so life like.. maybe that is why I remember it so well.

    Thank you for putting this blog together! Great idea! There is a nature center in Elgin by Randall and Rt 20. Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
    They have a FB page and do monthy “hike and story” for free and other paid classes for kids (ie. nature buddies)lots of nature artifacts in a kids museum like building.

    Thanks, Anna
    hallock35@rocketmail.com
    i dont use that AIM thing anymore. sorry

  14. d6b6416e-7c3c-11e0-b9b4-000bcdcb2996
    May 11, 2011 | 9:09 pm

    I live about 10 mintues from here – great to hear they are opening again!

  15. d6b6416e-7c3c-11e0-b9b4-000bcdcb2996
    May 11, 2011 | 9:12 pm

    I posted above using the AIM id and don't use it anymore either…my email is shelley-pederson@sbcglobal.net. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks!

  16. Neera
    May 11, 2011 | 10:52 pm

    Hi Sarah

    First of all Thank You so much for such a fun and informative blog. I am very very new to the Chicago area and have 2 young children and am always on the lookout for a variety of things to do with them and your blog is a great resource.
    Petting farmyard, pony rides, aviary … I can't ask for a more enriching experience for them and rides – well they can't ask for anything more fun :) There is a Como Zoo in MN which is somewhat similar and my son still talks about it even though its been close to 4 years since we visited last ..this would be a dream come true for him.
    Thanks again
    Neera
    neerahemrajani@gmail.com

  17. CJ
    May 12, 2011 | 3:24 am

    I grew up in sleepy hollow and visited santas village several times every summer. I love that place! I cried when they closed it down. I cannot express how excited I am to be able to take my 2 and a half year old daughter. I live in elgin so I am still very close. I'm thinking about a season pass and would love the opportunity to check it out.

  18. Mother Dragon
    May 12, 2011 | 10:16 am

    I moved here recently. About the time I discovered the Community Thrift Shop (just north and across the street) I heard on the radio that they were selling some of the rides and closing Santa's Village. I would like the opportunity to CREATE memories there with my children, 14, 12, and 1. Thank you, Julie

  19. Mother Dragon
    May 12, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Facebook Likes and Reposted, Thank You for sharing information on the internet highway! Julie

  20. Poigirl
    May 12, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    I went in the fall when it opened for a short period of time and it was great!

  21. Poigirl
    May 12, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    My email is cbokor@yahoo.com

  22. Jaimi
    May 12, 2011 | 2:02 pm
  23. Meggy
    May 16, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    What an awesome give away:) I remember going to Santa's village as a kid, would love to go back:)

  24. Neera
    May 16, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    Thankfully I had my comment saved in my gmail. So I'll repost it here. But yeah terrible abt the blogger acting the way it did! Anyways …

    Hi Sarah

    First of all Thank You so much for such a fun and informative blog. I am very very new to the Chicago area and have 2 young children and am always on the lookout for a variety of things to do with them and your blog is a great resource.
    Petting farmyard, pony rides, aviary … I can't ask for a more enriching experience for them and rides – well they can't ask for anything more fun :) There is a Como Zoo in MN which is somewhat similar and my son still talks about it even though its been close to 4 years since we visited last ..this would be a dream come true for him.
    Thanks again
    Neera
    neerahemrajani@gmail.com

  25. Neera
    May 16, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Have added you to my reader! Needless to say the pleasure's all mine :)

  26. Neera
    May 16, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    I already like Toddling Around Chicago on facebook.

  27. krista
    May 16, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    I am so excited that Santa's Village is reopening, I remember going there as a kid. I now have 4 kids that I would like to make the same memories for them.
    I love Toddling Around Chicago on Facebook, great idea! Thanks for all the great information.

    Krista

  28. Jessica828YP
    May 16, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    I took my son there on the last day it was open to the public. We had so much fun there. I loved going there and have such wonderful memories from there. I have since had a daughter who I can't wait to take there and make new memories with her and her brother.

  29. Jessica828YP
    May 16, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    My email is Jessica828YP@comcast.net forgot to include it in above post

  30. meliss
    May 16, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    So excited to recreate my childhood memories with my kids!!

  31. meliss
    May 16, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    I'm following you on twitter:)

  32. meliss
    May 16, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    I “Liked” Santa's Village AZoosment Park on Facebook & told them Toddling Around Chicagoland sent me :)

  33. meliss
    May 16, 2011 | 4:55 pm

    I “Like” Toddling Around Chicagoland on Facebook

  34. Michelle
    May 16, 2011 | 10:33 pm

    I remember the commercials. I really would love to take my kids there! /thanks for hosting!

  35. Michelle
    May 16, 2011 | 10:35 pm

    Follow you on twitter

  36. Michelle
    May 16, 2011 | 10:38 pm

    Liked you on facebook

  37. Michelle
    May 16, 2011 | 10:40 pm

    Liked Santas village on Facebook. Left a comment

  38. jessicaschleede
    May 17, 2011 | 6:26 pm

    Liked Santa's Village AZoosment Park on FB and told them you sent me! :)

  39. jessicaschleede
    May 17, 2011 | 6:27 pm

    Liked Toddling Around Chicagoland on FB!

  40. Nicole
    May 17, 2011 | 10:00 pm

    I'm so glad Santa's Village is opening again! It's great to have a place to take little kids since Kiddieland closed!

  41. Nicole
    May 17, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    I follow you on Twitter. @TibMay

  42. Nicole
    May 17, 2011 | 10:09 pm

    I like Santa's Village on Facebook and left a comment.

  43. Nicole
    May 17, 2011 | 10:11 pm

    I like Toddling Around Chicagoland on Facebook

  44. Jennifer
    May 18, 2011 | 6:48 am

    When I was a teen, the place to work was Santas village! What a great memory of a first job! My email is damama05@gmail.com. (sorry, can't remember my first post…so, its the short version this time)

  45. Jennifer
    May 18, 2011 | 6:54 am

    “like” Santa's village on facebook/left comment (damama05@gmail.com)

  46. Jennifer
    May 18, 2011 | 6:57 am

    “like” toddling around chicagoland on facebook (damama05@gmail.com)

  47. Jaimi
    May 18, 2011 | 8:25 am

    Reposting…hope it makes my chances better to win! Always went on church outings to Santas Village. So glad it reopened so I can show my son some of my past…
    j.votruba@yahoo.com

  48. danceddd
    May 18, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Reposting now! I used to go to santas village as a kid, now excited to take my three kids! Danceddd@yahoo.com

  49. Poigirl
    May 18, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    Reposting. Loved going to the new Santa's Village last year. My kids loved it. cbokor@yahoo.com

  50. Poigirl
    May 18, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    Following your blog cbokor@yahoo.com

  51. Poigirl
    May 18, 2011 | 6:54 pm
  52. Poigirl
    May 18, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    Liked Santa's Village on Facebook. cbokor@yahoo.com

  53. Poigirl
    May 18, 2011 | 6:56 pm

    Following you on Twitter. cbokor@yahoo.com

  54. Poigirl
    May 18, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    And I told Santa's Village's site that you sent me. cbokor@yahoo.com

  55. danceddd
    May 18, 2011 | 8:48 pm

    I liked you guys on facebook!

  56. danceddd
    May 18, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    I liked santa's village on facebook and left a message. danceddd@yahoo.com

  57. Cher
    May 18, 2011 | 11:49 pm

    I remember when I went there and I was finally too big for the Slide – I didn't fit anymore in the little house at the top!

    How did I have no clue either they were re-opening!

  58. Cher
    May 18, 2011 | 11:50 pm

    following you on twitter @mamasmoney

  59. Cher
    May 18, 2011 | 11:50 pm

    Santas village FB fan (Cherise P K) and commented you sent me!

  60. Cher
    May 18, 2011 | 11:51 pm

    fb fan of yours too!

  61. Tanya and Kevin Gaughan
    May 19, 2011 | 8:53 am

    me me me!!

  62. Tanya and Kevin Gaughan
    May 19, 2011 | 8:53 am

    I follow your blog

  63. Tanya and Kevin Gaughan
    May 19, 2011 | 8:54 am

    I follow you on facebook

  64. Neera
    May 19, 2011 | 9:43 am

    Hey ..I had forgotten to mention I had liked Santa's Village on facebook and told them you sent me.

  65. Thoughts from Her
    May 19, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    I remember visiting as a kid with my dad and cousins – I have some great pictures standing out in front. I really miss that place!

  66. Thoughts from Her
    May 19, 2011 | 8:51 pm

    I follow you on GFC.

  67. Thoughts from Her
    May 19, 2011 | 8:52 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

  68. Thoughts from Her
    May 19, 2011 | 9:13 pm

    I like you on FB

  69. Jen F.
    May 20, 2011 | 1:43 am

    Like you on FB

  70. Erika
    May 20, 2011 | 7:31 am

    Thank you for the tiveaway! I remember going here all of the time as a kid! Hope I win so I can take my boys:)

  71. JMGould76
    May 20, 2011 | 8:11 am

    I follow your blog (and peddle it to every mom I encounter).

  72. JMGould76
    May 20, 2011 | 8:14 am

    I “liked” SVAP on FB and let them know Toddling Around Chicagoland sent me.

  73. JMGould76
    May 20, 2011 | 8:14 am

    I already “like” Toddling on FB.

  74. JMGould76
    May 20, 2011 | 8:19 am

    I posted on FB about the giveaway!

  75. t
    May 20, 2011 | 10:40 am

    As one of the 1st to like the new Santas Village on FB, I have to say that Your site has been able to add Many people who like the site on facebook and toddlingaroundchicagoland, nice job. I went last year at the mini grand opening with my less than one year old, this year she will be able to enjoy a few more things, and next year with a new sibling, Next should be a reopening of the WaterPark!!!
    A family pass Win Would be a WIN WIN!! :) Thanks to AZOOSMENT PARK and The New SANTAS VILLAGE and TODDLINGAROUNDCHICAGOLAND.COM
    tjvmhd@juno.com

  76. Carrie
    May 20, 2011 | 10:47 am

    Haven't been there. Would love to check it out. Great page! csteinw@yahoo.com

  77. czajkowskifive
    May 20, 2011 | 10:54 am

    I remember going to Santa's village for the 1st time with my Best Friend when we were kids and now I can't wait to share the experience with my children. I have just found your blog via AZOOSMENT park's FB page and I am thrilled to see so many places I can take my twin toddlers. I just liked your FB page as well so I can be kept up to date with current events, thanks for your hard work! Thanks so much and I can't wait to visit AZOOSMENT on Memorial day. Jaelynnandmom@yahoo.com

  78. Dale Graves
    May 20, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    I have never been, but it looks fun!
    kaylynaboss at gmail dot com

  79. dicosola122
    May 20, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    I can't wait to take my own children here. I loved going as a kid. I remember a tree house ride that was my absolute favorite! dicosola122@sbcglobal.net

  80. Darci
    May 20, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    OMG I thought Santas village was gone like the rest of the kids parks! I'm so excited to see it's still open. I remember going when I was a kid and am looking forward to bringing my kids this summer!

  81. Jackie
    May 20, 2011 | 9:21 pm

    I remember going to Santa's Village as a child, and I would LOVE to take my son there!

  82. Jackie
    May 20, 2011 | 9:22 pm

    I'm a follower!

  83. Jackie
    May 20, 2011 | 9:24 pm

    already like Santa's Village Azoosment Park on FB

  84. Dawn
    May 20, 2011 | 10:14 pm

    I'm very excited to get to take my daughter to Santa's Village since I also went there as a kid. I also went to Kiddieland as a kid, and took my daughter there three times the summer before it closed…she always asks why we can't go back. So,this is going to be a great summer!

  85. Dawn
    May 20, 2011 | 10:15 pm

    I peeked around your blog and liked it, so now I'm a follower too!

  86. Dawn
    May 20, 2011 | 10:16 pm

    I “liked” Toddling around Chicago on Facebook.

  87. Dawn
    May 20, 2011 | 10:23 pm

    I “liked” santa's village on facebook and let them know you sent me. For this post, and #85,86,87 – my email is dawn.parikh@gmail.com

  88. Samantha
    May 21, 2011 | 8:54 pm

    I would love to win! I remember going as a kid! :)

  89. Samantha
    May 21, 2011 | 8:54 pm

    Follower of the blog!!

  90. Samantha
    May 21, 2011 | 8:55 pm

    Like Toddling on FB!

  91. Samantha
    May 21, 2011 | 8:55 pm

    Like Santa's Village on FB!

  92. Samantha
    May 21, 2011 | 8:58 pm

    Posted giveaway on FB!

  93. melodyseidel
    May 22, 2011 | 7:37 am

    I would LOVE to win this so we can take my daughter!

  94. melodyseidel
    May 22, 2011 | 7:39 am

    I like Toddling Around Chicago on Facebook

  95. melodyseidel
    May 22, 2011 | 7:44 am

    I'm following @ToddlingChicago on Twitter

  96. melodyseidel
    May 22, 2011 | 7:47 am

    I like Santa's Village Azoosement Park on Facebook

  97. melodyseidel
    May 22, 2011 | 7:58 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway on Twitter

  98. melodyseidel
    May 22, 2011 | 7:59 am

    I follow your blog via email

  99. melodyseidel
    May 22, 2011 | 8:02 am

    I posted on Facebook about the giveaway:-)

  100. Nicki Babysits
    May 22, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    I loved Santa's Village when I was a kid! I was always so excited to go there. My favorite was riding the fire truck and putting out the fire with the hoses!

  101. Nicki Babysits
    May 22, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    I “liked” you on Facebook!

  102. Nicki Babysits
    May 22, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    I “liked” Santa's Village on Facebook

  103. Nicki Babysits
    May 22, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    I followed you on Twitter!

  104. christine
    May 22, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    What a great place especially since they closed down Kiddieland. I can't wait to take my 8yo with Autism there! Thanks for letting us know about this opportunity! cwoosley@sbcglobal.net

  105. Gayle
    May 22, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    Loved Santa's Village and so happy it's back! Please pick me to win!

  106. funteach
    May 22, 2011 | 11:49 pm

    I went to Santa's Village as a child with my family and now that I have my own children, would love to go back. Thanks for the chance to win!

  107. Paul
    May 23, 2011 | 10:14 am

    I remember going there as a child and it was 100 degrees outside. I didn't get to see Santa because it was too hot out for him. Now I have 2 kids and will be taking them there. pmiller327@comcast.net

  108. Paul
    May 23, 2011 | 10:16 am

    Following on Twitter. pmiller327@comcast.net

  109. Paul
    May 23, 2011 | 10:19 am

    “Liked” Toddling Around Chicagoland on Facebook. pmiller327@comcast.net

  110. Paul
    May 23, 2011 | 10:57 am

    Following your Blog. pmiller327@comcast.net

  111. Paul
    May 23, 2011 | 10:58 am

    “Liked” Santa's Village AZoosment Park on Facebook & tell them Toddling Around Chicagoland sent. pmiller327@comcast.net

  112. Paul
    May 23, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Posted on Facebook about this giveaway, and said to hurry and get your entries in today. pmiller327@comcast.net
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000552377440

  113. Erica
    May 23, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Would love some tickets! I have a 2 yr old that would get a kick out of this!!!

  114. CSChicago
    May 23, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    My 2 oldest daughters were heartbroken when they closed. They are going to be soooo happy when they hear the news!

  115. CSChicago
    May 23, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    following you on twitter now

    @DJCrankinChris

  116. CSChicago
    May 23, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    'liked' you on FB
    Chris Schneider

  117. Laurie
    May 23, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    Can not wait to walk through Santa's Village with my kids…such great memories of going there every summer when my Dad was on vacation :)

  118. Laurie
    May 23, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    I “liked” you on FB

  119. Laurie
    May 23, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    I am following you on Twitter :)

  120. Laurie
    May 23, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    I am following your blog via email :)

  121. Laurie
    May 23, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I tweeted about the Santa's Village giveaway.

  122. Laurie
    May 23, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    I shared the giveaway on FB :)

  123. Joe
    May 23, 2011 | 9:14 pm

    Would love to take my kids back there…hope to win!!

  124. Jackie
    May 23, 2011 | 9:35 pm

    Liked Toddling around Chicagoland on FB

  125. Alicia
    May 23, 2011 | 10:01 pm

    Follow your blog & Like on FB
    Never went to Santas village, but would love to see it all w/ the children!!

  126. Alicia
    May 23, 2011 | 10:03 pm
  127. Valerie Chmielak
    May 23, 2011 | 10:15 pm

    SOOOO excited that Santa's Village is reopening!! It closed the year my sons were born and I was SO sad I was not going to share that with them! I LOVED the fire truck ride as a kid! Now we just need to reopen racing rapids!

  128. Valerie Chmielak
    May 23, 2011 | 10:16 pm

    I liked Toddling around chicago on FB!!

  129. Valerie Chmielak
    May 23, 2011 | 10:17 pm

    I liked Santa's Village Azoosment park on FB!

  130. Valerie Chmielak
    May 23, 2011 | 10:19 pm

    I am now a follower of your blog

  131. theresa
    May 23, 2011 | 10:21 pm

    I had my 6th birthday at santas village and would love to go back with my son now.

  132. Valerie Chmielak
    May 23, 2011 | 10:22 pm

    I posted on FB about this giveaway

  133. Valerie Chmielak
    May 23, 2011 | 10:29 pm

    I posted to my blog about this!

  134. Kevin Woosley
    May 23, 2011 | 11:50 pm

    I fondly recall riding the firetruck and putting out the “fire”. What kid doesn't like spraying water, right?

  135. funteach
    May 23, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    I “liked” you on facebook

  136. donald
    May 24, 2011 | 12:06 am

    The last time I went I was in eighth grade and about to graduate, my friends and I had so much fun, wiuld lice to take my girls.

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