The sounds of old-time carousel organ music will waft through the air, the smell of freshly spun cotton candy will abound and the mighty Dragon Coaster will roar in its tracks when Playland Park in Rye hosts its 84th opening day, Saturday, May 12.
The fun gets underway with a parade and entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. and rides opening at noon.
Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7 p.m. Admissions go on sale at 10:30 a.m.
The opening celebration begins with strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at 11 a.m., followed by the traditional parade with the Port Chester High School Marching Band accompanied by local dignitaries, staff and Playland’s mascot, Coaster the Dragon.
Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the ‘50s,’60s and ‘70s. at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Unique, science-based entertainment will leave children and their families laughing and mesmerized at “Mad about Science,” the featured act in Kiddyland for two shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Playland’s Kiddyland DJ will also entertain with the “Play it DJ” show, in four performances at 1, 3, 5 and 6 p.m. Kids will move, groove and be smooth as our DJ plays their favorite dance tunes.
Admission Prices (after opening day):
$30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48”) – Westchester residents with acceptable proof of residency are eligible for a $5 discount on these prices. Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents.
· $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents.
· $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County.
Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver’s license or non-driver I.D.; or a photo I.D. or report card from a Westchester County school.
Playland’s pre-season schedule is noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at (914) 813-7000. Use the Website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long.
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Parking is $5 weekdays, $7 weekends and $10 on holidays.
Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 19.
Playland is located at the end of Playland Parkway in Rye. For public bus transportation, visit westchestergov.com/beelinebus.