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Victorian Gardens reopens in Central Park on Saturday, May 25

The Central Park amusement park—a.k.a. Wollman Rink's alter ego—celebrates its tenth birthday season with magicians and a ride inspired by E.T.

Photograph: Gary Gershoff

The fun doesn’t stop when the ice melts at Wollman Rink: For the tenth summer in a row, the ice-skating mecca at the southern end of Central Park will morph into Victorian Gardens, a kid-oriented, mini amusement park, starting on Saturday, May 25. Visitors in the 2013 season can expect all the same old-timey fun, like Whac-A-Mole, the Family Swinger and the Convoy (a little-kid favorite), plus one ride that’s brand-new: the Magic Bike, an interactive workout in which kids pedal on wheels in order to soar into the air (in case it's not obvious, the ride’s based on the classic scene from E.T.). Throughout the summer, performers like prop comedy duo Sammie and Tudie, Cowboy Chris, park mascots Vicky and Victor, and a host of jugglers and magicians will be on hand to keep kids giggling as they brave the rides. On deck for opening weekend are Chris Capehart: the Ring Master (Sat May 25), circus artist Michael DuBois (Sun May 26) and R.J. the Spectacular (Mon May 27). All shows start at 1, 3 and 5pm. Here’s hoping for a sunny weekend to welcome back one of Central Park’s best summer attractions!


Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink is open seven days a week. Hours vary; check the website's calendar for details. Admission $7–$8, children 36 inches and under free with paying adult. Unlimited ride wristband $14–$16 (does not include games).



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