This Unique Theme Park Lets Kids Operate Real Construction Machinery
A unique theme park in West Berlin, New Jersey, allows kids to operate real construction machinery in a safe, fun environment. It’s the only construction theme park in the U.S.
It may sound scary to parents — kids get to play around with real machinery!? — but rest assured that each machine is specially modified.
Diggerland USA offers real, drivable machines that are set up to be used in their typical surroundings. However, there are safety precautions built into each one! In addition to these modifications, the machines have specific spaces they’re allowed to be driven in, and all kids need to be within arm’s reach of their adult caretaker while at Diggerland & The Water Main (the aquatic park).
For kids who love to play around with mom and dad’s tools at home and get awestruck watching construction sites, this theme park seems pretty epic. Kids can drive, ride, and operate the machinery. Like any theme park, there are some height and age requirements for rides and activities.
There are over 40 attractions in the park for kiddos and adults to enjoy. The park itself sprawls over 21 acres and includes a brand-new waterpark in 2020. Visitors can experience riding on or driving things like backhoes, dump trucks, and excavators and also experience classic park options like bumper cars, rock wall climbing, a ropes course, and a zipline.
Diggerland has it all.
Birthday parties, school trips, corporate events, and other group events are welcome at the park, and the park also offers special event experiences of their own, including Family Camp Out events, where you can actually spend the night at the park. Adults 18 and older can experience Diggerland XL, where they get to learn how to use real construction equipment on their own from qualified heavy machinery foremen.
Special Abilities Night at Diggerland (SAND)
The park offers Special Abilities Night at Diggerland (SAND) for those with special needs a few times a year. SAND events offer modifications to help families with special needs get the most out of the park. Some of the features they include are limited ticket sales to reduce crowds, sensory input, and noise; reduced lighting and lowered volume to alleviate sensory overload; free ear plugs upon request; and additional accommodations for rides and activities. It’s touted as a “judgement-free” experience.
Diggerland reopened on July 2nd after being closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are following all recommended safety and cleaning protocols, and are limited to 50% capacity.