Thursday, June 29, 2023

Rainbow Playland, Waukegan, Illinois. (1928-1941); Dunes Kiddieland, Waukegan, Illinois. (1941-2003)

Rainbow Playland was founded by the Lundblad family. The park was renamed Dunes Kiddieland in 1941, surrounded by dunes, giving it its name. 

Rainbow Playland was a children's amusement park, located on a 10-acre parcel of land on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Rainbow Playland was known for its small, family-friendly rides. Lundblad was inspired to create a park for children after taking his own children to some other amusement parks in the Chicago area. He found that many of the rides and attractions at these parks were too large and scary for young children. Lundblad wanted to create a park where children could feel safe and have fun.

The park boasted about its petting zoo, playground, and picnic area.
This photo is a visual aid.
The park's name was inspired by the sand dunes near the park. Dunes Kiddieland Park's rides and attractions were designed to cater to pre-teens and blended in with the natural surroundings. The Tilt-a-Whirl, for example, was painted to look like a sand castle. Some popular rides included a small Carousel, the Tilt-A-Whirl, a Kiddie Train, and later, Bumper Cars. 

Dunes Kiddieland closed in 2011 after the owner retired at the season's end.

These parks were owned by the same family for 75 years.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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