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Amazing Riding Kids Park

**UPDATE (13 Nov 2014): The Amazing Kids Park is now CLOSED. 🙁
**UPDATE: The Amazing Riding Kids Park is now the AMAZING KIDS PARK (minus the riding). It’s still at the same location, same prices, same times. Just the name has changed!
I’m always on the look-out for fun places to take my kids that aren’t too far away since I have a close-to-debilitating aversion to driving in Seoul, so when I came across the “Amazing Riding Kids Park” on a discount ticket website (ticketmonster.co.kr) and found that it was only about 15 minutes away–I immediately made plans to go with a few friends and their kids!The general premise of the large indoor playground is “riding” (it’s not just a clever grammatically confused name!), and there are a number of things for kids to ride–race cars, tricycles, bumper cars, motorized animals, trains… But according to the photos I saw online, there was also plenty for my almost 24 month old daughter to do–a ball pit with slides, trampolines, a bounce house as well as a separate toddler playroom.So our adventure to the Amazing Riding Kids Park begins…

Getting to the parking lot of TechnoMart was challenge #1. The building (which also houses an Emart and a CGV movie theater) is on the “wrong” side of the road since we approached it from the north. My hopelessly inefficient GPS took us on some crazy side-streets and strange traffic circles, but despite the detours, we all arrived in with our sanity intact, parked the car and began our quest for the 6th floor.

Challenge #2: Getting to the 6th floor where the Amazing Riding Kids Park is located. We parked right outside the elevator lobby, so one would think that we could simply press a button, get on the elevator, press another button and arrive on the 6th floor. Not in Korea! 😉 Two of the four elevators didn’t work, and when one of them finally arrived, 4 adults and 5 children piled into the elevator, looked for the button to the 6th floor, couldn’t find it, got off, asked a janitor who was standing nearby, and he directed us to another elevator lobby because apparently, those elevators only serviced certain floors–the 6th floor not included. Next, instead of finding the other elevator lobby, we ended up in Emart where we located an elevator that specifically stated it went up to the 6th floor (there was actually a chart above the 2 elevators–one said it went to the 6th floor, the other did not). We got in, found the button for the 6th floor. Pressed it. Pressed it again. Went up to the 1st floor. Pressed 6 again. Went back down to B1. Got off the elevator. Asked an Emart employee. Found out that the elevators are on a timer and because the Amazing Riding Kids Park doesn’t open until 10:30am, the elevators won’t go to the 6th floor until 10:30. Looked at my watch. 10:29am. 30 seconds later, got back on the elevator. Pressed 6. Success! The children even cheered.

We got to the entrance and since I had reserved tickets in advance, it was all smooth sailing from there! We were given plastic bags to put our shoes and coats in, and the lobby area is lined with lockers to store your things (with a non-refundable 500KRW coin). Strollers also have to be left out in the lobby.

With all our stuff put away, we made our way into an absolute wonderland of Fun Stuff for Kids!

The best part was, we virtually had the entire place to ourselves the whole time we were there (from 10:30am to 1pm). There were a handful of other children and parents, but mostly, our kids ran free, rode everything multiple times and didn’t have to wait in line. My kids don’t do well with large crowds, so this really was perfect for them.

Each of the “rides” have attendants that help kids onto the various vehicles, strap them in, and help in case they get stuck or if there’s a mini traffic jam of little people. All of the children had a wonderful time. And all of the adults joined in on the fun at one point or another!

The BEST bumper cars ever! They’re inflatable tubes that move in all directions AND spin around in circles!
Miniature African “safari” train ride
Rides for toddlers in the Toddler Room
A mini-Lexus on the “Race Track”
Motorized stuffed animals? Yes, please!

They also have a set of trampolines that are clearly marked for separate ages–a small one for ages 0-3, a medium one for ages 4-7, and a larger one for ages 7-11. The ball pit was also a huge hit.

There’s also a sizable cafe area for parents to sit and relax. They serve drinks, coffee, and snacks as well as a few meal options (ddukbokki, noodles, spaghetti, udon, etc.). Drinks ranged from about 1,000KRW for bottled water to 2,500KRW for juice, and food ranged from 2,500KRW for a hot dog to 8,000KRW for spaghetti. Like most kid cafes, outside food and drinks are not allowed.
And if all that’s not enough to entertain your children for hours, there were also a couple of Xbox Kinects that children amazingly have the ability to figure out, despite not being able to read any of the directions.
After 2 and a half hours of play, we decided to venture out and look for some real food. With all the excitement and the running around, our children were apparently STARVING. The staff told us to go to the food court on B1 (there are also restaurants on the 10th floor), but I’m definitely glad we went to the food court. With such a big group, the options were amazing at the food court, AND the ever-elusive high chairs were available in abundance!
All in all, a wonderful place to take the kids. Just look at these happy faces!
We’ll definitely be going back!
Pricing:
Children: 16,000KRW (under 24 month FREE – must show proof of age)
Adults: 8,000KRW
*No time limit*
Address:
Seoul-si, Guro-gu, Guro-dong, 3-25 Shindorim TechnoMart 6th floor
Parking: Garage parking available. 3 hours free with validation, 1,000KRW for each additional hour
Subway:
Shindorim Station, Lines 1 and 2, exit directly into the TechnoMart complex (follow signs for Technomart)
Hours:
Weekdays – 10:30am to 6:00pm (last entry at 5:00pm)
Weekends – 10:30am to 8:00pm (last entry at 5:00pm)
Phone: 02.2111.6004
Payment: Cash and credit card accepted

Block Bus (Lego Cafe)

My kids love Legos. Lovethem. So when I heard about the existence of Lego kids’ cafes, I was on a mission. With the help of my Lego-loving brother (whose Korean is much better than mine), we found a chain of kids’ cafes called Block Bus. They have locations all over the peninsula (six in Seoul—locations are listed below). They’re all attached to a Lotte Mart, a department store or a movie theater, so unlike most kids’ cafes that include a separate area for parents to enjoy a cup or coffee or a quiet meal, Block Bus is designed with the idea that you leave your children there while parents go shopping or watch a movie.
We went to the location at the Lotte Mart in Guro-gu, enjoying the traffic-free drive on Seollal (Lunar New Year) weekend. We realized as we drove into the parking garage that there were few cars on the road because apparently, everyone was shopping. From the 5th level of the parking garage, we had to make our way to the basement, which took longer than it should have. If you’ve been to any of the large, multi-level marts (Lotte Mart, EMart, Homeplus, etc.), then you’ve experienced the agonizingly slow trek from one level to the next on the inclined moving walkways.
Although we’d been to this particular Lotte Mart before on several occasions, somehow we’d missed this amazing little room. As you exit the moving walkway, continue straight past the colorful train-shaped cash registers, and you’ll see a wooden door half-hidden behind a row of toddler slides. And inside this door is a Lego-lover’s paradise.

Because it was our first visit, I was asked to write the kids’ names, ages and my cell phone number down for them on a sign up sheet. Their names were entered into the computer so that on future visits, the kids are already in the system. Children ages 5 and up (Korean age) do not need to have a parent present at all times.  
We took our shoes off and went into the room where there were about 6 other children working diligently on building their masterpieces. At the back of the room, kids can flip through picture books of every Lego kit your children can imagine and choose the one they want to build. They’re given a plastic box that contains all the pieces as well as the instructions, and away they go!

Charlie and Lincoln got to work on some superhero-themed sets, and Penny chose a non-Lego dollhouse to play with. There’s also a small section for toddlers to play in with a train set, dollhouse, play kitchen and blocks.

Since I hadn’t come to Lotte Mart with the intention of shopping, I stayed with my kids while they worked on their Legos, but the Lotte Mart has quite a lot for parents to do while the kids are playing:
Basement level (B1): Toys R Us, electronics mart, bookstore, shabu shabu buffet restaurant
1st Floor: groceries
2nd Floor: clothing, home goods, car accessories, food court, etc. (most things you would find in an Emart)
3rd Floor: pharmacy, florist, hair and nail salon
4th Floor: furniture
Other things to keep in mind if you take your kids to Blockbus:

  • According to the sign, Block Bus is for children ages 5 and up, and younger children are allowed to play on weekday mornings when accompanied by a parent/guardian. However, we went on a holiday weekday afternoon, and my 23 month old daughter was allowed in so I don’t know how strict they are with the rules. 
  • The toddler play area is relatively small, and although the staff is willing to help kids who have difficulty with their Lego projects, they’re definitely not there to provide one-on-one time with individual children.
  • Refreshments are available for the kids. They have a selection of fruit juices and water at reasonable prices (Capri Sun 1,000KRW, bottled water 500KRW).
  • If you leave your child at Block Bus, make sure that s/he is comfortable going to the bathroom alone. The restrooms are located outside the classroom, so your child will have to walk into the shopping/public area alone. It’s not far, but be sure that this is something you and your child are comfortable with. 
  • All of the Legos/toys are disinfected after they are returned.
  • Payment is made at the end of your visit. It’s 6,000KRW for the first hour, 1,000KRW for each 10 minute thereafter. The cost of refreshments, if applicable, is added to your total cost. 
  • If you plan to bring your kids to Block Bus frequently, you may purchase discounted chunks of time. 10 hours for 54,000KRW and 20 hours for 96,000KRW.
  • The room can be rented out for private parties.

My boys absolutely loved it and wanted to stay longer. Once they finished building their masterpieces, their works were placed on a shelf for display. They were so proud of themselves! We’ll definitely be coming back here!

Block Bus Seoul Locations:
Lotte Cinema Star City                      02.3436.8262                       Kwangjin-gu, Jangyang-dong 227-7
NC Department Store Gangseo         02.2667.9755                       Gangseo-gu, Deungcheon-dong 689
Lotte Mart World (Songpa)               02.2143.1512                       Songpa-gu, Jamsil-dong 40-1
NC Department Store Garden 5        02.2157.5628                       Songpa-gu, Munjung-dong 516
Lotte Mart Joonggae                         02.2091.0246                       Nowon-gu, Joonggae-dong 361
Lotte Mart Guro                                02.2634.0246                       Guro-gu, Guro-dong 636-89
Parking: Free (at the Lotte Mart Guro location)
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Pricing: 6,000KRW for the first hour, 1,000W for each additional 10 minutes
10 hours for 54,000KRW
20 hours for 96,000KRW

Cash and credit card accepted

Trick Eye Museum and Ice Museum

I’d heard so much about the Trick Eye Museum, and I really wanted to go… But taking all 3 kids on the subway by myself, especially when it involves several transfers seemed like such a daunting task. So with friends visiting from the States and my husband taking a day off from work, it the perfect time to venture out. Especially since I could make the husband drive!

It was a rather difficult drive. We approached the street from the wrong direction and couldn’t make a left turn, so we had to drive down about .5 mile, which took nearly 10 minutes in Hongdae, make a U-turn, then come back up the street in order to turn right. The street we turned onto was VERY narrow, and my Toyota Sienna (AKA The Swagger Wagon) had some trouble getting to the museum. Thankfully, I was not the one driving!

The Trick Eye Museum does have a parking lot, which is around the backside of the building. I can’t remember exactly how much it was, but I believe we paid 6,000KRW to park while we were there (this included having lunch after going to both the Trick Eye Museum and the Ice Museum).

Although we went on a Friday morning, the museum was PACKED. There were so many people that we had difficulty taking pictures. Trying to keep an eye on my kids was pretty hectic too, especially since there are so many platforms and steps and apparatuses to climb up on in order to take pictures. I’d turn around and find my 23 month old daughter 4 feet off the ground!

Despite the crowd, we got in some great photos, although I felt that for a museum that’s based on picture-taking, the lighting could have been better.

My friends and I had a lot of fun taking ridiculous photos, but the kids were not as entertained. Thankfully, purchasing a ticket to the Trick Eye Museum also gets you admission to the Ice Museum, which the kids though was “super cool!” The Ice Museum is just what you’d think it is. Everything in it is made of ice. And it’s COLD in there. Really cold. But there’s an ice slide, and that pretty much makes everything okay.

After the museums, we went to lunch at a meat buffet just across from the museum. It was only 12,000KRW/person and the kids were 7,000KRW for an all-you-can-eat buffet. You get your meat and grill at the table. That’s a really great price for one of these meat buffets, especially for a family of carnivorous piggies! I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but if you come out the doors of the Trick Eye Museum building (there are doors on either sides of the building), just walk toward the Y-intersection. It’s catty-cornered (diagonally across) from the Trick Eye Museum.

Another thing to keep in mind if you’re planning a trip to the Trick Eye Museum. Before entering the museum, store your things in the lockers available in the elevator and bathroom lobbies. Otherwise, you’ll be carrying all your things and looking for places to put your bags, coats, hats, umbrellas, etc. down before posing for a picture!

Animal Exhibition at the National War Museum

Back in October, my little Lincoln ran headfirst into a pole and cracked his head open as we were getting ready to go to the animal exhibition at the National War Museum and Memorial with friends. Charlie got to go, but Lincoln and I made our way to the ER instead. Since then, Lincoln reminded me on a daily basis that I needed to take him to see the exhibit. So, finally… We went. Lincoln was over the moon ecstatic. Charlie, on the other hand, expressed to me his boredom. Frequently. Can’t win ’em all…

This is a sampling of Lincoln’s joy:

 And Charlie’s displeasure:

The exhibit itself was visually attractive, but there really wasn’t too much substance to it. I suppose that if we could read and understand all the Korean text, the exhibition is supposed to teach children about endangered animals. There are a whole lot of photo ops, and staff is available to take photos for you at certain points, but other than that, there really wasn’t much for the children to do. There’s a small activity station at the end of the exhibit, and we spent quite a bit of time there drawing and playing with things that had very little to do with the exhibition itself! We were finished walking through the exhibit in about 35 minutes, so I’m not sure that it was worth the 36,000KRW we paid to get in… But who can put a price on Lincoln’s happiness, right??? 😉

Lotte World

One of the best things about the villa/complex we live in is our wonderful neighbor downstairs. She’s so wonderful to my kids, and so generous with her time. She’s been wanting to take us to Lotte World for some time. I think she used to take her grandkids pretty regularly, but now that they’re all in school, she hasn’t had any little ones to share the joy of an amusement park with. I’ve avoided amusement parks simply because my boys don’t know what one is yet and haven’t begged me to take them, and there are so many other places to take them that are closer and not as costly! But on a very cold and windy day, playing indoors was definitely a good option.

I can’t deny that they had a wonderful time. We got the all-access tickets, which means unlimited rides. There are plenty of rides for preschool-aged children, but with the exception of the rides in the Kids Zone, an adult (older child would probably work) has to accompany small children on the rides.

We went on a Tuesday morning while school was in session, hoping for a smaller crowd, but it was absolutely packed. I can’t even imagine what it’s like on the weekends! We waited in line for over an hour and a half for one of the rides, and ended up avoiding some other rides because the length of the lines. All in all, we had a good time, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend moms going alone with the kids. I had 3 other adults with me, which allowed me to relax my death grip on my kids’ hands, but with so many people walking around and a rather confusing layout, the place was pretty chaotic.

As for food, the options inside the amusement park are limited, and once you leave the park, you are not allowed to return. I recommend packing some snacks for your kids as all they have to snack on inside the park are things like ice cream and churros.

My 4 year olds can only handle so much excitement for one day, so after 4 hours, we had to call it a day. Within minutes of getting in the car, they were sound asleep!

For more information about Lotte World, visit their website, which is available in English. The website has information on pricing for the various ticket options as well as details on how to get there. For younger children, I would recommend just getting tickets for Kidstoria (7,000KRW) and paying for individual rides in the Kids Zone. Kidstoria is free for children younger than 12 months.

Camping and Nami Island

The month of October was an absolute whirlwind of activity, it seems. I’m scrambling to catch up on all the things that fell off my radar as the month went on!

Our family make our final camping trip of the season this year to a nice little campsite about 1.5 drive from Seoul. The drive was nice and short, but it took us out of Seoul and we got to enjoy the crisp, fresh air for a couple days. Our campsite was relatively close to Nami Island, so we took a little trip out on the ferry and walked around for a couple hours. It was an impromptu trip out to the island, and we didn’t really know what we were in for. There’s so much to see and do on the island, but we just let the kids run around in the grass and we had lunch there, which turned out to be a bit of a debacle. We always seem to run into issues with food when we go to parks here in Korea… Oh, and even on a Monday morning, this place was absolutely packed. And according to the staff at the restaurant we ate at, this is always the case.

 Because our trip to Nami Island was so unplanned and pretty short (we only stayed on the island for a couple hours), I definitely think we’ll make the trip again another time. Mostly, we went camping to enjoy some time out of the city.

So more than seeing sights…these smiling faces were all I wanted. 🙂

Namsan Cable Car and Seoul Tower

This weekend, we took another impromptu adventure, and increasingly, I’m appreciating the importance of planning ahead! 😉 We literally drove around THE ENTIRE MOUNTAIN to find the cable cars, and really… We should know better than to visit a public place/landmark on the weekend. The kids were completely overwhelmed by the number of people, and we left tired and cranky.

There were definitely things that the kids enjoyed–the cable car, the elevator ride up to the observatory, the binoculars in the observatory, looking for our house (which we couldn’t find)… And the views from up there are really beautiful. But the whole place was just sensory overload for my apparently sheltered children! Plus, it doesn’t help that there’s a candy story in the observatory so just when my kids are the most overwhelmed, they were seduced by a brightly-colored wall of candy. In order to maintain peace and stability in our little family, I bought them candy. Luckily, I didn’t have to argue with them when I told them they could only have one piece of candy when we purchased it. The rest would be given to them as rewards for good behavior.

In the cable car on our way up Namsan

Between the cable car ride (26,000W) and our trip up to the observatory in Seoul Tower (28,000W) for a family of 4 (our 19 month old was free)…I’m not entirely sure that it’s worth the money. Well, that’s not true. Everything is worth the money when you capture moments like this!

Perhaps when the kids are a bit older, we’ll take them back, and maybe then the kids will be able to walk up Namsan.

Oh, and I should add that we tried to eat lunch at Seoul Tower, but at 11:45am, we were told that they weren’t serving food yet and to come back in 10 minutes. The kids were hungry, cranky, tired… And the boys agreed that we should just go back down the mountain and eat bibimbab where we parked our car. We ended up eating at the restaurant that is in the same building as the cable car entrance, and the food was excellent. It was a little pricier than what I would pay for things like naengmyun and bibimbab, but not by much, especially considering the Namsan cable car is a tourist attraction.

Rolling Ball Museum and the Fun Museum

After last week’s failed attempt to take the children to the Rolling Ball Museum, we ventured out again today to Seodaemun Station. My daughter, who isn’t much of a sleeper, of course, takes the longest naps on days that I have planned outings… So I had to wake her up and we rushed out of the house. We made it to Seodaemun Station without any hiccups, although I was slightly annoyed that no one was willing to give the kids and me (with an 24-lb baby strapped on my back) a spot in the elevator so we took the stairs… :-p

We arrived at the museum around 2:15pm, and there was already a school group there of about 25 children so it was a little crowded. Plus, our little non-Korean kids were kind of a novelty in and of themselves, which you’d think you get used to… But I don’t think we have! We purchased combo tickets (9,000W–no time limit) for both the Fun Museum and the Rolling Ball Museum. They’re directly across the hall from each other in the Kyunghyang Art Hill building, and it’s definitely worth the price for the combo tickets since just one museum is 8,000W. Also, children under 36 months are free.

We started at the Fun Museum (the side that the ticket counter is on), which is full of fun, strange, crazy things that both you and your children will love. There was lots of laughter and screeching children. We dressed up in the strangest inventions, played with some weird toys, and laughed at the silliness of it all.

The boys were particularly intrigued with a plasma ball, and they were convinced that if they put their hands on it, they could see their bones. 😉

Once the school group left, we had the museum to ourselves, and the kids were able to explore the space more freely. We pulled them away from the play kitchen area where they were decorating a plate with fake food. The display encouraged kids to make silly faces out of strawberries, broccoli, bananas, etc.

The Rolling Ball Museum is as wonderful as the Fun Museum is silly. There are around 50 different apparatuses that have balls rolling, bouncing, climbing, falling, swirling and jumping according to the laws of physics.

On the larger constructions, little step stools allow children to reach the top starting point where they can place the ball themselves and watch gravity in action! From marble sized balls to bowling ball sized balls… This is really the perfect place to bring kids who are learning about or are interested in learning about gravity. Even as young as 4.5, my boys have asked about gravity through their interest in astronauts and space. My husband and I have explained the basics of gravity to them, though we can never really know what they remember. However, after about 20 minutes in the museum, Lincoln proudly told me that the balls roll down because of gravity and gravity makes everything fall down!

In addition to the numerous “sculptures” that they can watch and interact with, there are three different stations where kids can build their own rolling ball apparatus.

All in all, I think this is a wonderful place. For 9,000W, the price is comparable to a kid cafe, and for my 4.5 year olds, probably much more age-appropriate. I will definitely be taking my kids here again!

Anseong Farmland

This weekend, my husband and I decided to take advantage of the wonderful, not steamy, not humid weather and take the kids out of Seoul for the day. Saturday morning, we got in the car at 9:20am, a bit later than we would have liked, but three kids tend to slow us down, and headed out to Anseong Farmland, 70km south of Seoul. As soon as we got in the car and punched the address into our GPS, we groaned. It told us an hour and 20 minutes. Really? An hour and 20 minutes to travel 43 miles? We were thinking maybe an hour. :-/ But we’d told the boys they were going to feed some cows and pet some sheep… So there was no turning back. Besides, my husband and I were pretty excited about this place for one particular reason.

Despite being able to drive in the bus lane because we have a minivan (driving a minivan has to have some perks, right?), it took us TWO FULL HOURS to get there. It’s just south of Pyeongtaek, so it really shouldn’t have taken that long, but the traffic was awful. Anyway, we got there, stood in a line that was barely moving for our tickets, and entered Farmland. Then, we turned around and came back out. :-/

From the ticket gate, you walk into Deutsche Ville, a mini pseudo-German village that was supposed to have a German restaurant called Hoffen Pub with their very own brewery. This was all the convincing that my husband needed to drive out here. Beer and brauts. Yum! Well, we walked into the building, only to find that it looked like it was under renovation. I walked back to the front gate to ask about it and was told that it’s closed. For good. Mumbling to ourselves about how we’ve now been deprived of the one thing we were looking forward to, my husband and I had to take our kids back out the main gate because the only other food available here is outside. And our options were limited to Korean food or pizza. There were two Korean restaurants, so we just picked one. There were tons of people there, but no one at the front desk to seat us. We sat ourselves. Eventually, a waiter looked at us, appeared to be rather confused, walked over to the front desk and saw that no one was there, then came and asked us if we were there to eat as if there’s something else that people regularly do at restaurants. He asked us to wait a moment, then walked away.

We sat there for about 5 minutes, which felt more like 20 because my children were moaning and complaining about how hungry they were–we had just had a full breakfast of French toast, sausage and eggs before leaving the house. Then I decided to run over to the other restaurant to see if perhaps it was a bit more organized. I walked in, and good news is that someone was actually at the front desk. I asked if they were seating people for lunch, and she told me that they had a big party coming in at noon (I looked at my watch–it was 11:50am) and that I should come back around 1pm. WHAT?!? So I went back to the first restaurant to find my family still sitting there with no menus, no water, nothing. My husband told me that no one had come to talk to them. I flagged the waiter down, and he informed us that they had a previous reservation for a large party, so if we wanted to eat lunch, we’d have to wait a while. I was furious. And I know it wasn’t the server’s fault that the kitchen apparently can’t accommodate the weekend crowd, but I couldn’t keep my mouth shut and told him that if they had a reservation, they clearly knew that all these people were coming and should have been prepared for the large party as well as the other customers who came in on a normal Saturday. We walked out and went to our only other option. Pizza. None of us really wanted it, but we were hungry and there were no other food options either outside or inside the park. We picked the pizza that looked the most normal (if you’ve ever been to a pizza place in Korea, you know what I’m talking about!), and when it came out, it looked decent–pepperoni, ham, cheese, onions, tomato sauce…and pureed sweet potato sauce. Yep. Sweet potatoes. Lincoln enjoyed it, but we could barely get Charlie to eat any of it so against our better judgement, we let him pick off the toppings and eat around the ring of sweet potato puree on the crust.

After our lunch debacle, we finally entered the park and made our way over to the tractor rides, but before we got there, we saw a stall that rented family bikes. The boys were super excited. We rented a bike–Charlie and Lincoln got strapped in on the front, Penny stayed strapped to me in the Ergo, and my husband and I got pedaling. We had 30 minutes with the bike for 8,000W. I knew that the farmland was quite expansive, so I made sure to note the time so we’d be back in 30 minutes. The guy who ran the bike stand told us where we couldn’t take the bikes (where the animals were), and we hit the pavement. For 5 minutes. It took us a full 5 minutes to ride the entire bike course. With no where else to go, we decided to ride the bike course again. And again. 15 minutes later, we returned the bike and got on the tractor ride. :-/

The tractor ride was rather enjoyable. It took us in a large circle around the entire farmland, and it was a lovely sight. Most of the ride was on an unpaved dirt road, so it’s a bit of a bumpy ride, but the boys loved all the bumps in the road.

Once we finished the tractor ride, we set off to find the horses. When we purchased the tickets, we bought the 3 ticket combo for the boys, which included admission, the tractor ride and horseback riding (19,000W). Children over the age of 4 (48 months) are allowed to ride the horses. We followed the map to where the horse rides were given and found that the entire outdoor course was under construction. And we looked terribly lost, but not a single person who worked there asked if we needed any help finding something. Finally, I asked a family who walked out from behind a quiet building, and they told us to walk around to the back of the building where not a single other person was headed. We found the stables, but then had to walk back out and around to the back of the building to get to where the rides were being offered. The boys were clearly slightly terrified of the idea of riding these GIANT horses, but once they got on, they absolutely loved it. It’s too bad that the rides were so short (maybe 3-4 minutes).

Finally, we ventured over to where the animals were. This part of the park is really lovely. There’s a dedicated petting and feeding section, but there are also goats and sheep just roaming around the area. The boys fed cows, sheep, goats, deer, and ducks and would have stayed there for several more hours if we hadn’t insisted we needed to head back home. There’s a stand that sells small baskets of feed for the animals for 1000W, but most of the animals here happily chomp of grass so the boys would pick up grass off the ground and feed it to them.

On our way out of the petting zoo area, there are hand sanitizer sprays, which was definitely a nice touch. We still stopped at the bathroom and washed with soap and water, but on our walk back to the front gate where the restrooms were, Charlie was rubbing his eyes, so I was definitely grateful for the hand sanitizer!

We bought some drinks at the little shop out front, loaded the kids in the car and headed home. Within 10 minutes, all 3 kids were asleep. Hallelujah! 😉 It only took us 1.5 hours to get home, which I guess is better than 2 hours. All in all, we definitely had a good time, but I’m not sure that we’d visit this place again, especially not as a day trip. Spending nearly 4 hours in the car with two 4 year olds and an 18 month old isn’t exactly my idea of fun. There are only so many children’s songs I can sing before I start to feel like I’m losing my mind!

Here’s some additional information about Anseong Farmland is you’d like to plan a visit.

* If you’re driving there, give yourself plenty of time. Traffic on Highway 1 is almost always terrible. The toll from Seoul was 3,600W. Be sure to have cash for it!
* Eat lunch before getting there, or pack a lunch. There are plenty of shaded picnic tables available.
* Stroller rentals are available for 3,000W. However, if you’re driving there anyway, may as well bring your own.
* There’s a nursing room with several changing tables available by the bike rental stall. It’s not air conditioned, but it has a comfy couch and a privacy screen so you can nurse your baby there if you don’t like nursing in public.

And just a bit of humor for the adults… 😉