SoCal Families | Scandia Ontario
By: Megan McClain
Southern Californians are lucky, because we sit in the middle of so many major theme parks. Living in the Inland Empire, things like money, time and the blazing heat make me want to stay a little closer to home. Thankfully there's a thrilling fun-filled theme park with a convenient, central location.
Teasing motorists with its rollercoaster and shady miniature golf courses is Scandia, which sits along the 15 freeway below the interchange with the 10. Scandia has three locations, with two in the Inland Empire. We checked out the Ontario one, which has many rides, several geared toward small children and a many others, like the roller coaster, for the "big kids" only.
We took ourselves on a tour around the age-appropriate rides for my five-year-old and two-year-old, starting with a giant slide that originally terrified my kindergartner though he grew to love it. We adults took turns while the boys checked out the usual slow ride offerings, including big rigs and a train.
Many rides accomodate kids 3' or taller, including the Norway Flyer (planes), Denmark Railway (train), Hagar's Truck Co. (big rig cabs) and 3' and up can ride as a passenger on the Stockholm Raceway (go-karts, which requires a driver 54" or taller). Most of the other junior rides require a 42' height. The Scandia Screamer roller coaster requires a 46" height and dips and dives over several junior rides.
We grabbed hot dogs and Icees before heading to the mini golf courses. Seriously good hot dogs! Scandia has two courses and, since it was my eldest son’s first time, we let him choose where to go. Our path included a castle, windmill, and several fun twisty paths. The mini golf course, while holding two 18-hole golf courses was compact, so it was easy getting from hole to hole. The last hole featured a pretty tricky shot into the hole, where a hole in one would get you a free game.
They had three sizes of golf clubs, so my toddler's club was a good size for him. However, he was too busy running ahead and hitting everyone else's ball for us to be able to keep score.
We spent some time in the arcade, which has a wide variety of well-maintained arcade games, and we ended up hitting several jackpots. There's skeeball, the usual ticket grabbers, a giant Kung Fu Panda fighting game and the ever-prescent air hockey. If you’re brave, check out the 4D horror experience in the middle of the room— stuck my head in to see what my husband was doing, and I ended up squealing and jumping away. Then, while I took care of our two-year-old, who was too short to ride, my husband and five-year-old went on the go-karts and the bumper boats.
Words of caution for the bumper boats . . . You will get wet. Your phone will too. I watched a group of girls all gasp with dismay when they realized someone's iPhone got wet. Still, this was a great way for everyone to cool down, considering the current heat wave. Looking for more ways to beat the heat? Check out my recent trip to Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Redlands with its over 20 waterslides! Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to do the batting cages, which were fast pitch cages, slow pitch softball cages and a fast pitch softball cage, however there's always next time!
Considering the amount of options at Scandia Ontario, I will totally spring for a day trip and a VIP pass when we go again. So, whether you are planning a fun evening with the family, looking for a place to drop off the teens for a night or throwing a birthday party, visit Scandia! Check out rides, rates and directions for Scandia in Ontario, or check out Scandia in Victorville for some high-desert fun.
Scania Ontario is located at 1155 South Wanamaker Avenue in Ontario, and it's open Fridays and Saturdays 12-11 p.m., and Sundays through Thursdays 12-10 p.m. Scandia Victorville is open Mondays through Thursdays 3-10 p.m., Fridays 3-11 p.m., Saturdays 12-11 p.m. and Sundays 12-10 p.m. Check out the websites for attraction prices, group rates and special events. The website is great and has a height guide for rides for each of the Scandia locations.
Full Disclosure: VIP passes and a gift card were provided by Scandia Ontario, but all opinions are 100% our own.