A moving story: Rocky Point Park’s Kiddieland! (Part I)

Like the miniature train and fire engine it hosted, the Rocky Point Kiddieland was always on the move.  This section of Rocky Point was relocated twice after the park reopened in 1948 following a ten year hiatus.  But regardless of where it rolled to, Kiddieland always moved its young patrons to smiles!Smiles

There are no known photos of any kiddie rides at Rocky Point prior to the park’s destruction by the 1938 hurricane. When Rocky Point reopened in 1948 it was just before  “kiddie” parks (with smaller, tamer rides than standard amusement parks) began sprouting up thanks to the postwar baby boom.  Always ahead of the curve, Rocky Point installed its own onsite kiddieland, and realizing the significance of its investment, situated it next to the entrance road in a large parcel which would later host the boarding area of the Flume ride.

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The section featured some of the most popular kiddie rides of the day, and even today for that matter!  Included were several Allan Herschell classics like the Little Beauty carousel.


And Allan Herschell Kiddie Car Carousel.


And a National Amusement Devices Century Flyer.


Here’s a panel from a 1958 Rocky Point group outing brochure that lists the Kiddieland rides.


Notice the listing of “Kiddie Fire Engine.”   Overland Amusements of Lexington, MA furnished image4this hook and ladder fire truck using a modified tractor and a specially fabricated trailer to carry the children.  Children were secured in their seats by the rungs of ladders on either side of the trailer.  The fire truck took a dirt path into the woods and returned — on the footprint of the future Flume ride.



Kiddieland had its own food, frozen custard, and beverage stand.



And the early 1960s, the park acquired Allan Herschell Helicopter and Tank rides.


But as the 1960s rolled on, Kiddieland was about to roll on too.



To be continued…

Photo credits:

Anita Cerri Ferla

You Must Be This Tall movie collection

Tom Dwyer

Rhode Island Monthly

Providence Public Library





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