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Nickelodeon Universe: 7 Tips for Families with Toddlers, Preschoolers & Small Children

Planning to bring your toddler or preschooler to Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Mall? Here are tips and advice for you when you are visiting Nickelodeon Universe American Dream with toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.

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7 Tips for Families with Toddlers, Preschoolers and Small Children Visiting Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Mall

1. The Rides at Nickelodeon Universe are Scary for Toddlers and Small Children

Many of the rides at Nickelodeon Universe are too intense and scary for little kids. There are several roller coaster rides with steep, almost vertical drops and inversions at Nickelodeon Universe. And there are some rides that are considered family rides but I still think are too scary for small children. These rides are the Nickelodeon Slime Streak, Skyline Scream and Jimmy Neutron Atom Smasher. In my opinion, there are only 12 rides at Nickelodeon Universe that are not scary for little kids. These rides are the merry-go-round type rides and train rides. The minimum height for these rides is 36-42 inches. 

2. Nickelodeon Universe Rides for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

The best Nickelodeon Universe rides for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarteners are Blaze Monster Truck Rally, Blue’s Skiddoo, Butterbean’s Sweet Spin, Fairly OddAirways, Guppy Bubbler, Pup Pup and Away and Zuma’s Zoomers. These are adorable rides that are age-appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. The best part is they are themed with favorite Nickelodeon characters like Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues and Paw Patrol. The minimum height requirement to get on these Nickelodeon Universe rides is 36 inches.

3. Nickelodeon Universe Rides for Children Ages 6 to 8 Years Old

For young elementary school-age kids age 6 to 8 years old who want a little bit of thrill ride, the rides that I listed above may be a little bit too babyish for your little thrill seeker, however, they may not be ready for roller coasters and more intense rides. If you are looking for Nickelodeon Universe rides for kids ages 6-8 years with a little bit of thrill in it, Bikini Bottom Crosstown Express, Boots Banana Swing, Ren and Stimpy’s Space Madness and Shimmer and Shine Jumping Genies are great. Dora’s Sky Railway is another great ride, it’s a train ride on an elevated track where you get to see the entire theme park from the top. 

4. It May Not Be Worth It to Buy the All Access Pass at Nickelodeon Universe

There are only 12 rides at Nickelodeon Universe that are not scary for small children. It may not be worth it to buy an All Access Pass at Nickelodeon Universe because each ride cost $7-$10 per ride. And most of the rides for small children are $7 each so you will have to ride 11 times to break even with your All Access Pass. I don’t know about you, I think riding 11 times might be too much for small children if you take into account the time it takes to get in line, snack time, and bathroom breaks. 

4. Indoor Playground at Nickelodeon Universe American Dream

Your toddler or preschooler may need to burn off some energy and take a break from rides. Luckily , there is a Paw Patrol-themed playground at Nickelodeon Universe for children to run around in!

5. Watch Nickelodeon Concerts for Free at American Dream Mall

Every day, there are free concerts at Nickelodeon Universe. You can bring your kids in to watch Nickelodeon characters like Dora, SpongeBob, Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol dance and sing on stage! The best part is, these Nickelodeon concerts are free. Since Nickelodeon Universe is an open gate park, you don’t have to buy a ticket to get into the theme park to watch these concerts.

6. Your Kids Can’t Ride Alone

They don’t allow kids younger than 14 years old to ride on their own at Nickelodeon Universe. You should plan to accompany your kids on rides. I suggest skipping the spinny rides if you are prone to motion sickness like me! 

7. Don’t Go to Nickelodeon Universe American Dream Mall During Holiday Weekends

American Dream Mall may be the second largest mall in America, but it can still get really crowded on busy Holiday weekends. Trust me, don’t go to American Dream Mall during the Holiday weekends. The lines are extremely long for everything! You’ll have to wait in long lines to buy food at the food court, to ride a ride at Nickelodeon Universe, to get a seat at the food court, and even finding parking at the parking garage is really hard on Holiday weekends! I made the mistake of going the day after Christmas and American Dream Mall was a zoo! It took us 45 minutes just to leave the parking garage!

Check out these Nickelodeon Universe American Dream Guides:

Beginner’s Guide to Nickelodeon Universe American Dream

9 Tips for Nickelodeon Universe American Dream