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Santa’s Village bringing even more ‘Azoosement’ this season

Workers get rides ready for Mothers' Day opening Santa's Village Azoosement Park East Dundee. | ErSauder~For Sun-Times Media

Workers get the rides ready for the Mothers' Day opening at Santa's Village Azoosement Park in East Dundee. | Erin Sauder~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 8, 2013 6:08AM



EAST DUNDEE — Two new attractions will make their debut at Santa’s Village Azoosement Park this summer, providing added entertainment for kids and adults.

Jill Mengo, marketing and public relations manager at the entertainment destination, said on tap for the season are the openings of both the Wildcat Roller Coaster and Ding’em Dodge’em Bumper Cars.

“It’s kind of a nice balance to a lot of the smaller kiddie rides we have,” Mengo said. “We’re primarily geared toward the younger ones, but we felt it was important to add larger rides to balance it out for mom and dad and older kids.”

Both attractions are tentatively set to open in July.

This year marks Santa’s Village Azoosement Park’s third season, and each year about 100,000 people have come through the gates, according to Mango.

“And we’re really aiming to shoot that figure up this year,” she said. “I think we’re coming out of the box really strong with our birthday party program, and our groups and education programs.”

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Each summer, through the Safari Critter Camps, kids ages 6 to 13 can join Santa’s Village “Azoosementkeepers” in the barnyard and throughout the park to learn what it’s like to feed, handle, train and take care of the animals. Kids learn about wildlife conservation and many of the animals that call Santa’s Village home.

Visitors to the park also can get up close with several barnyard friends in the Old MacDonald’s Farm and Petting Zoo.

Animals include goats, sheep, donkeys, horses and more. Reindeer can be glimpsed as they relax in Reindeer Ridge.

There’s also Parakeet Paradise, a new aviary at the park. Visitors can go inside to interact and observe the feathered friends who call the aviary their home.

“The birds will land on kids, and a lot of them really like that,” Mengo said.

Other attractions include live shows, games, shops and restaurants.

Santa’s Village Azoosement Park, at 601 Dundee Ave. (Route 25), opens for the season this Sunday, on Mother’s Day. The season runs through October.

Park staff say they can hardly wait for visitors to see what’s in store for them.

“This is our year to really come on strong,” Mengo said. “We’re excited to be bringing all this stuff to the public.”

More information is available at santasvillagedundee.com.



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