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Children's Wonderland opens at Tam-O-Shanter in Sylvania

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Children’s Wonderland opened yesterday at the Tam-0-Shanter facility in Sylvania, Ohio, and the seasonal spectacle will run until Dec. 28.

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Friday’s opening marked the fiftieth year that the holiday exhibit has been shown in Lucas County. Hosted at the Lucas County Recreational Center for many years, the Lucas County Commissioners declared a halt to Wonderland back in 2008 due to a poor local economy. The city of Sylvania rescued the annual event, and it has been held at the Tam-O-Shanter facility the past three years now.

According to Kathy LaVoy, one of the exhibit’s organizers, Children’s Wonderland consists of 35 different holiday displays. Some displays feature animated characters celebrating the season in a number of ways. Many of the displays are traditional fan favorites, but new ones are added each year. “This year we have two tree houses added to the exhibit,” LaVoy said.

Since hosting the Children’s Wonderland, the Tam-O-Shanter representatives have also added A Kids Zone Pass. For $5, children have unlimited access to train rides, activity stations such as coloring holiday decorations and writing letters to Santa, and of course all of the displays.

Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-12, and $2 for seniors 65 and above. Daily hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., except on Dec. 24 when hours are 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Children’s Wonderland is closed on Christmas.

Special hours will be held at Children’s Wonderland for Santa Workshops. Santa will have two special workshops on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For $8, each participant will receive a continental breakfast, train rides, access to elf workshops to build and create items, a bag of goodies, access to all the holiday displays, and of course, a chance to meet Santa Claus.

The Tam-O-Shanter facility is located at 7060 Sylvania Ave just west of Toledo. No reservations are required for any of the activities. If you have questions, call 419-885-1167 at extension 3.

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