KiddyTown Amusement Park, like so many other "Kiddieland" Parks of that time, had a Fire Truck used to pick up kids from their homes and take them to the birthday parties at the park. The Fire Truck was also used as a ride, driving kids around the park.
KiddyTown originally charged a gate admission where all rides were free once inside. When the Carvell's bought the park they changed a single admission charge to the park to a ticket-per-ride system.
When Great America in Gurnee, Illinois opening in 1976, it was a contributing factor to the parks slow death. Jack Johnson sold the park around 1980 to another carnival owner, Bob Johnson (Big 'J' Funtown). Finally, in the fall of 1982 the rides were auctioned off and the land sold.
The Funtown Jingle went like this: "Funtown, Funtown for the kids and you, 95th and Stone-e Island Av-e-nue, Funtown!"
Note: There is a video on Youtube that is titled "FunTown (95th & Stony Island Ave.) DaMadMouseGroov"
This is NOT footage from Funtown. At the 2:42 minute mark, It states "Although we tried to find actual footage of FunTown Amusement Park... none could be found."THE CARVELL'S - OWNERS FROM 1967-77
Funtown Amusement Park at 95th and Stony Island was owned by Allan Carvell Jr. and his wife June Marie Carvell of Evanston, Illinois. In 1957, June Carvell and her husband opened the Rainbo Ice Skating Arena, 4812 N. Clark Streett, Chicago and the Rainbo Sports and Skate shop.
The rink became quite popular, drawing hundreds of people during open skate sessions. It also served as a practice arena for figure skaters and hockey players. Mrs. Carvell also helped manage tennis operations at the Lincoln Park Tennis Club, where her husband, a tennis professional, gave lessons.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.