Branson Tracks

How to “Do the Track” . . . Preschool-Style!

Something for Everyone!
How to “Do the Track” . . . Big Kid-Style!

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Last week, I was singing the Track’s praises about how they really do have something for EVERYONE in your family.  Well, today starts a series of posts that tells you how to “do the Track” at every age.

And so, we’re going to begin . . . preschool-style!

Though it has been a few years (sniff, sniff!) since I’ve had preschool kids under my roof, I do remember quite well how much fun it was to take the girls to The Track when they were that age.  In fact, I’ve taken a brief walk down memory lane and discovered this adorable picture:

This was at my younger daughter’s 3rd birthday party, which we had at Kids Kountry at Track 3.  And in case you were wondering . . . yes, this was before I owned a digital camera and yes, I did just take a picture of the paper copy of this photo with my cell phone so that I could get it onto this blog (yes, I know I could have used a scanner, but mine is not functional right now!).  And yes, this does remind me to be oh so thankful for modern technology!  But, I digress . . .

Back to how to “do the Track” preschool-style:

  • Start at Kids Kountry at Track 3. This is where there are the largest number of rides designed especially for the little ones!  Kids must be 36″ tall to ride the Frog Hopper or the Swinging Pirate Ship.  What if they are under 36″?  You are still in luck.  Kids under 36″ tall can ride the Rio Grande Train and the Spinning Tea Cups with a parent.  This is good news!  This means that every little one in your family is able to ride something at Kids Kountry.  So, head on over there!
  • Check out the Kiddie Go-Karts at Kids Kountry (Track 3) and Track 4.  Now these have a few more stipulations, so listen up . . . your child must be 4 years old (not just look 4 years old!) AND be 38″ tall to drive the Kiddie Go-Karts.  This is for everyone’s safety – including your child – so please wait until your child is 4 before trying to put them on these go-carts.
  • Let your preschooler (who is 36″ or taller!) ride as a passenger on one of the other “Grown Up” Go-Kart tracks – the Classic Track (Tracks 3, 4, 5, and Track at Pirate’s Cove), Road Course Track (Track 3), Wild Woody (Track 3), Heavy Metal High Rise (Track 4), LumberJack (Track 5).  This just might be the highlight of their visit!  As my nephew put it after his first ride this year as a passenger on Heavy Metal High Rise, “It felt so good to get my hands back on that steering wheel!”  No lie.  I couldn’t make that stuff up!!  Oh, and one other thing to keep in mind – only licensed drivers are allowed to transport passengers on any Track ride.  Again, this is for everyone’s safety!
  • Encourage some good ole’ fashioned bumping . . . Bumper Boats (Track 3, 4, 5) and Bumper Cars (Track 4), that is!  The same rules apply to these rides as on the “Grown Up” Go-Karts.  Passengers must be 36″ tall and drivers must be licensed.
  • Play some preschool-friendly arcade games.  All Track arcades have some games that are geared toward little ones, but I would say that the arcade at Track 5 has the most.  A few preschool favorites . . . Spider Stomp, Feed Big Bertha, and Buzzy Buzzy Bee.

See?  Navigating The Track with a preschooler might just be easier that you thought!  So, get out there and start having fun!  And, stay tuned . . . more good info coming at ya in the next installment of “How to ‘Do the Track'”!