RSS Email

Celebrating a 7th Birthday At Six Flags Great Adventure

We are lucky to have 2 different Six Flags Amusement Parks within driving distance to our home. Last year for Shae’s 6th birthday we visited Six Flags America in the DC area. This year we hit up Six Flags Great Adventure for a day of rides, Safari and Hurricane Harbor water fun and birthday smiles.

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

I never like to go to amusement parks on Saturday but with our schedule it’s the only day that works so us along with 80million other people waiting in the hot sun for the gates to open and get inside to start our day.  It may have been Shae’s birthday but we headed right for the Superman Ride and Green Lantern.  I’m not a ride person. I’m happy with taking my kids and watching them have a blast but I do not get on any rides. Cut me a little slack, I do suffer from vertigo occasionally so I’d rather avoid  the headaches and dizziness completely.Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Since we got to the park as soon as it opened the lines for the first 2 roller coasters were relatively short. I tried to talk them into Kingda Ka and Zumanjaro but no one was remotely interested. Just looking up at the angles and drops instantly made me uncomfortable. I think if I pushed a little harder the kids would’ve gotten on.

Kingda Ka is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the North America. The accelerated launch, 0 to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, pushes you straight up and over the Zumanjaro  Drop of Doom and plunges you back to earth. The ride is so fast you might not even have time to scream.Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

We decided to check out the newly designed Safari. Many years ago I remember driving our own car through the safari while watching monkeys rip apart the moldings and wiper blades of the car in front of us. Today the Safari is a much more organized family and animal friendly experience that keeps the animals in an environment safely tucked away from vehicles while still visible to park goers.

The Safari Off-Road Adventure boasts 350 acres of animal preserve with over 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions. Guests climb in a rugged all terrain vehicle and travel the through a variety of environments where the animals are able to securely roam in a comfortable habitat. Guests are able to get within close proximity of the creatures to truly appreciate their beauty and size.Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Hurricane Harbor has so many water slides, rides and even a wave pool that is great for the whole family. Admission for Hurricane Harbor is separate from Great Adventure but can be enjoyed on it’s own without stepping foot in the amusement park. We were only able to enjoy the wave pool and the lazy river due to a shortage of available tubes. For an additional cost you can rent tubes to be used during your entire visit. This lets you hop onto a ride without waiting for someone to let go of tubed for rides and slides.

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Admission to Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor is not a drop in the bucket. After admission and parking you’ll also want to see if the Flash Pass is something your family wants to invest in. The Flash Pass is an additional cost perk that get’s you on your ride faster with no waiting in line. Again, this is not a small fee. Our family of 5 would’ve had to pay over $500 (on top of admission costs) to get 90% faster ride times than everyone else.

On our visit we were able to enjoy about 6 rides in Great Adventure, Safari (with 1 1/2 hour wait & 1 hour ride time) and 3 hours at Hurricane Harbor with no rides. The Flash Pass would’ve given us more opportunity to ride the attractions that brought us there in the first place.

If you live close enough to visit more than once or twice in a season I would suggest a season pass and visits during the week when lines are shorter and crowds are , well less crowded.

Six Flags Great Adventure is Action Packed in August

Six Flags is the worlds biggest and best amusement park corporations with locations in the US, Canada and Mexico. With 18 locations consisting of roller coasters, water rides, concert venues, animal habitats and community events Six Flags has something for everyone. We’re lucky enough to have 2 within driving distance; Washington, DC and Jackson, NJ. Six Flags Great Adventure of Jackson, NJ is jam packed with activities for August.

There’s a little something for everyone. We’ll be going to celebrate Shae’s birthday, now to find the best day amid all the fun going on.

Reality Dance Jam Tour ­­– August 1

Six Flags Great Adventure and Reality Dance present The Jam Tour featuring social media sensations Taylor Caniff, Aaron Carpenter, Dillon Rupp, Sammy Wilkinson and more August 1 at the Plymouth Rock Assurance® Arena. The concert lasts throughout the day, and artist meet-and-greets are available with a VIP ticket. This private event requires a special concert ticket along with theme park admission or a Season Pass.


Fright Fest Zombie Auditions – August 2, 3, 15, 16 (times vary)

More than 200 scare-actors and support staff are needed to fill a variety of positions from the undead who roam the midways, to terror trail performers and technicians. No prior acting or scare experience is necessary.  Six Flags seeks individuals with a passion for Halloween and scaring.  Auditions include several fun acting exercises in a group setting. If interested, please complete the pre-employment application prior to attending an audition date, or scheduling an interview for technician positions, at


Feed the Children Day – August 9

Six Flags Great Adventure and Feed the Children team up to raise money to end childhood hunger. The Feed the Children tent inside the park will provide information on how to help one of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations. In addition, Six Flags will donate $.50 of every full-price ticket purchased at the front gate August 9, and all coins donated into the Main Street Fountain throughout the season, to Feed the Children. Guests can join the Six Flags entertainment team for a fun-filled Kids’ Dance Hour in the park filled with family-friendly games to celebrate the event. Special tickets are also available online at

 Feed The Children Day at Six Flags

Caribbean Concert – August 10

TriniFly Promotions and Six Flags present the Caribbean Concert Series featuring performances by today’s favorite Caribbean and Urban artists including Maxi Priest, Barrington Levy, Morgan Heritage, Elephant Man and more. Levy continues to sell out shows around the world and will perform his popular hits such as “Teach the Youths” and “Here I Come.” The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Plymouth Rock Assurance® Arena. A special concert ticket is required with theme park admission or Season Pass.


Jesse McCartney in Concert – August 15

Jesse McCartney will perform in concert in the park’s intimate Showcase Theater August 15 at 8 p.m. McCartney was a member of pop boy band Dream Street and later went on to become a solo artist. He also played Adam Chandler Jr. on the ABC soap opera All My Children. He is most known for his chart-topping hit songs “Leavin,” “Superbad,” and “Beautiful Soul.” An additional concert ticket is required with theme park admission or Season Pass.

Jesse McCartney in Concert Six Flags

National Roller Coaster Day – August 16

National Roller Coaster Day is a day for all coaster fans to come together for the sake of the thrill. On Saturday, August 16, Six Flags Great Adventure will celebrate National Roller Coaster Day with its world-class record-breaking collection of coasters, including Kingda Ka, El Toro and Nitro. The park will offer special ride time and interactive social media events. Additional details will be available on and the park’s Facebook page.


RunAround Concert – August 23

RunAround, a Pop Experience, takes place in the Plymouth Rock Assurance® Arena from 4 to 9 p.m. August 23 as part of the MIKE AND IKE® ZOURS® Six Flags Summer Concert series. Pop artists and social media sensations such as Jake Miller, Nick Tangorra, Jacob Whitesides and more are set to perform their biggest hits. A separate concert ticket is required with theme park admission or Season Pass. All RunAround guests will check in at the RunAround kiosk to receive tickets to the park along with a schedule and map.

Run Around Tour Six Flags

2015 New Attraction Announcement – August 28

Six Flags Great Adventure and its sister parks throughout North America will announce exciting plans for the 2015 season. Information, photos and video will be available at


Sara Evans in Concert – August 31

Sara Evans will perform in concert August 31 at the Plymouth Rock Assurance® arena as part of Salute the Troops event sponsored by Nash 94.7. Evans is an American country singer known for her hits “No Place That Far,” Born to Fly” and “Suds in the Bucket.” The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is free with theme park admission or Season Pass.

Wordless Wednesday – What The EF…Are You Brave Enough?

Heard about this today. It’s the worlds fastest roller coaster at the new Abu Dhabi theme park. It looks like a Ferrari F1 car and pulls 4.8g’s when it launches.

The ride is called Formula Rossa and it uses a hydraulic launch system—the same technology used to get fighter jets off the deck of aircraft carriers—to accelerate the train to 150 mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s four times the g’s produced by a Bugatti Veyron under full acceleration and is enough to give even seasoned Formula One drivers face warps.

Would you be brave enough to ride it?

Sesame Place 4-pack of tickets GIVEAWAY-CLOSED

Sesame Place is currently offering one of our best deals of the year—purchase a 2011 Season Pass and enjoy unlimited admission the rest of the 2010 season plus all of 2011! Season pass holders enjoy unlimited admission to Sesame Place, a 30% discount on all food and merchandise in the park, entrance into exclusive Season Pass Member events and kids eat free at Dine With Me! with the purchase of an adult dinner.

Sesame Place’s 2011 season passes are available in three levels. Sesame Passes, $92.00 per person, gives guests unlimited admission into the park, exclusive access to member events, plus a 30% discount on food and merchandise. Big Bird Passes, $122.00 per person, allow guests additional benefits including complimentary general parking, complimentary meet-and-greets with characters, and 50% off single day admission to SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens. Super Grover Passports, $189.00 per person, offer the most benefits to guests. In addition to everything mentioned above, guests receive unlimited admissions to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens, complimentary preferred parking, and ride again privileges.

It’s been a couple years (6 to be exact) since we’ve been to Sesame Place. I still look at pictures and remember the fun we had both in the summer to enjoy the water play and during the Count’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Take advantage of this awesome offer or better yet enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets here at LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Visit Sesame Place and tell me 1 ride/attraction you or your children would be most interested in. These tickets are good till the end of the 2010 season, Octover 31st. Sesame Place is open on weekends only starting September. This giveaway ends September 10th, 2010.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Your experiences and reactions may differ from ours.

Thomas Town opens June 5th Six Flags America

Six Flags America, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier destination for family thrills, today announced the Grand Opening of Thomas TownSM, a newly-created children’s area based on the popular Thomas & Friends™ brand. Thomas Town at Six Flags America will open on Saturday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. with a Grand Opening ceremony.

The largest permanent theme park attraction based on Thomas & Friends in North America, Thomas Town at Six Flags America features eight rides and attractions designed to thrill families of all ages. This exciting family area’s cornerstone ride is a replica of Thomas the Tank Engine™ that takes guests on a journey through Thomas’ home on the Island of Sodor. Other rides featured at Thomas Town at Six Flags America include Bertie the Bus, Harold the Helicopter, the Sodor Carnival ferris wheel, the Diesel Derby, and the Cranky the Crane drop tower. Attractions, such as an interactive pop jet fountain and multi-story play structure, are also a part of Thomas Town. Unique from most play areas for young children, each element of Thomas Town at SixFlags America is designed so that parents and children can participate together on every ride and attraction.

In addition to the fun rides and attractions of Thomas Town, Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, is on hand throughout the day to pose for photos and greet visitors. The Knapford Station Shop will feature an assortment of Thomas & Friends merchandise, including apparel, books, toys and train sets, and other items.

In addition to the Grand Opening Ceremony to welcome guests to the 3.5 acre theme park expansion, Six Flags America will host a birthday celebration for Thomas, the #1 engine, on his landmark 65th Birthday. Guests are invited to enjoy cake and entertainment with Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt, and other new friends at Six Flags America, as well as Thomas-themed contests and giveaways. Mega Bloks will donate a giant replica of Thomas made out of Mega Bloks and will challenge guests to guess how many blocks make up Thomas! All guests will pay kids’ admission fees during the celebration, and the first 65 kids (48 inches and under) to visit Thomas Town will receive a Thomas goody bag. The birthday party for Thomas begins at noon on June 5th.

Six Flags America theme park opens daily on Friday, May 28. Hurricane Harbor begins daily operation on Saturday, May 29th.

This is not a sponsored post; the information was provided to us by Six Flags or a representative of the company.  Your opinions, experiences and reactions my differ from those expressed here.

Thomas Town Steams into Six Flags America

Everyone’s favorite #1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, is full steam ahead into a specially themed kids area coming to Six Flags America this summer; Thomas Town.

Take a ride around the Island of Sodor on Thomas the Tank Engine or soar above his world on Harold the Helicopter. Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, and take a ride on Bertie the Bus. Sir Topham Hatt will be on hand to pose for photos with you and your family. Stop by the Knapford Station Shop to get your favorite Thomas storybooks, clothing and diecast trains!

Thomas the Tank Engine — All aboard! Departing from Knapford Station for a round trip around the Island of Sodor, parents and kids can take a journey on this replica tank engine.

Harold the Helicopter — Kids can control how high they can fly through the air above Thomas Town in their very own helicopter.

Thomas Town Play Structure — This multi-level play area features slides, climbing areas and plenty of interactive fun!

Bertie the Bus — Join Bertie the Bus for an unforgettable trip as you circle round and round and high into the sky.

Sir Topham Hatt Meet and Greet — Families can stop by throughout the day and meet, greet and pose for fun photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway.

Cranky the Crane Tower Ride — Enjoy high-flying family thrills on this unique, 30-foot drop tower.

Diesel Derby — Join the parade of train cars moving through Thomas Town.

Sodor Carnival Ferris Wheel — Kids of every age will experience carnival fun on the Island of Sodor while riding this classic Ferris wheel.

Thomas Town Pop Jet Fountain — Children and children-at-heart can take a break and cool off in this refreshing pop-jet water feature.

Knapford Station Shop — You’ll want to remember your trip to the Island of Sodor by stopping by and browsing through a wide selection of Thomas & Friends shirts, toys, books and souvenirs.

Don’t miss any of the fun this year! Sign up to get Six Flags email updates to keep you in the know of special appearances, great offers and information on new rides.

This is not a sponsored post, the information has been provided to me from the company or a representative from the company. Your experiences and reactions may differ from those stated.