Santa’s Magical Kingdom is billed as a truly magical experience and it certainly fits that bill as Christmas comes alive inside the huge Crown Pyramid at Burswood. We visited on the opening weekend with Master B (4) and Little Miss Sunshine (2) - it was pretty busy but the guys at Burswood know how to run a slick operation and after a brief period of queueing for the doors to open at 10am, once inside it is very well organised.
Christmas craft activities involved making a Christmas decoration or a gingerbread man
The day is split into three hour sessions, starting at 10am, 2pm or 6pm - check the website for availability on specific dates. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied for the session, and I think we had all had our fill of Christmas music after three hours!
Our first stop was the giant Frozen-inspired jumping castle. On our way through we had a lovely chat with Mrs Claus who was engaging kids in a simple activity writing letters to Santa. Basic pens and paper are supplied, but the whole set-up was beautifully festive with Christmas trees and twinkling lights all around. We posted our letters into the postbox supplied and were promised a reply from the big man himself - watch this space! Little Miss Sunshine was quite content to just gaze around at the lighting and extensive decorations. Similar areas are set up with kids tables and chairs for Christmas craft activities such as making a Christmas tree decoration and a gingerbread man.
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There’s a selection of fairground rides and everything bar the “side shows” are included in your ticket price - both children loved the old fashioned gallopers, and Master B got a thrill out of the mini rollercoaster once he settled into the bumps! Queues were minimal - we didn’t wait around for more than five minutes for anything which is great news when you have impatient toddlers! For older kids there were a couple of faster rides - I would say that this whole event is aimed at kids up to the age of about eight or nine.
The set up was stunning with spectacular festive lighting displays
The big surprise for us was the excellent circus show, which would certainly capture the attention of older kids. Master B was transfixed by the gymnasts twirling above us and the comical characters leaping around on a bed/trampoline and fooling about with unicycles. A whole pack of highly trained dogs owned the stage with their tricks and high energy entertainment, before three motorcyclists stole the show. An elaborate rig with a spherical cage was filled with one, two and then three motorcycles flying around inside it at break-neck speed - you need to see this to believe it!
Of course no Christmas experience would be complete without snow and Santa’s Magical Kingdom is fully equipped with a dedicated Snowland area pumping white stuff out into the atmosphere. Cue squeals of delight and great photo opps!
Snowland captures the imagination with stunning displays and falling snow
Inside the pyramid there are a couple of catering outlets selling donuts, hot chips and so on - if you want something more substantial then I would head across to the Crown Towers where you can find a broad selection of food offers.