As collectors of Playmobil, we had longed to visit this Fun Park just a few minutes west of Nuremberg in Zirndorf. So on our way to the nearby medieval village of Rothenburg on the Tauber, we popped in to the Fun Park for two hours on a sunny Friday morning. Admission was just 9 euros each, and we were off to explore the this big playground designed for the two to eight year old visitor. We fit in just fine without our two sons, who are now in their twenties. Maybe we can return one day with some grandkids or borrow someone else's children.
We loved every area of the playground...western, farm, pirate, mermaid, zoo and other themed parts. Hubby walked the plank entrance to the pirate ship without falling into the lake. He survived a swinging chain bridge that the little ones just scampered across. We washed and brushed the manes of the farmyard horses, but could bend low enough to milk the cows complete with working udders. Hubby panned for gold and searched for treasures inside four foot wide clam shells. We decided not to tempt fate by poling a raft across the lake because we did take a change of clothes and thus could not fall in and remain dry. And we both enjoyed moving rocks with real equipment in the excavation pit.
All the little tykes relished getting wet, digging in the sand and and climbing on all sorts of structures. Parents enjoyed watching their wee ones wear themselves out with all of the physical activity. Families brought picnics of healthy foods, and we sampled the lovely fresh strawberry crepes from one of the many food stands.
The best part was that this is not a commercial park...there are no shops every ten meters full of expensive Disney trinkets and foods. We saw no kids throwing tantrums to get expensive toys...they were too busy playing hard and wearing themselves out.
On the way out there is a large Playmobil store, that can be accessed without a pass to the park. We looked around a bit and came away with four small bags of accessories for a total of ten euros.
We wish that there could be a Fun Park like this in every city in the US. A day of family fun with lots of physical exercise is truly a winner in our books. Don't miss this place if it is nice day and you enjoy life. There is a huge building for inside play, and they offer dryers to dry wet clothes. Do pack spare clothes and shoes for everyone as getting soaked is part of the fun. Check their calendar as the park is closed in winter.
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