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The locally famous Bernie Towle RR. meandering through Magnificent Applegate Park is the main attraction at Kiddieland, located adjacent to Applegate Zoo on the corner of "R". and W. 25 th St. in beautiful Merced Ca.

We've added a new short video to promote both The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced and Kiddieland, enjoy, and if you would like to help keep this small Amusement Park going and join a worthy organization we're the one to join!!

Turned 50 years young in 2007. Thanks, Merced Sun-Star and YouTube for the video below.

Kiddieland is open to the public on weekends from 1 pm to 5 pm, annually, usually from late March or early April through October with three exceptions; the park is closed Easter Sunday, Mothers Day and the weekend the Merced county fair is going on. Kiddieland  can be reserved for Birthday Parties from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday or Sunday.

Kiddieland offers six rides, including the now famous train ride, a car ride, a Merry-Go-Round, Helicopters, Rocket Ships, and the Go-Gator Roller-coaster. We also have a convenient snack bar available offering reasonably priced assortment of family favorites.

Since its beginning in 1957 our founders opened Kiddieland with the intentions and commitment of providing a safe and friendly environment for the community's children to enjoy an amusement park setting at an affordable price. Over the decades, The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced has worked diligently to maintain that commitment and will do so for as long as possible. Recently thousands have been spent repairing the train tracks and the asphalt around them, upgrades to the majority of the rides have been accomplished as well. All of this made possible through support of many community businesses, and of course, YOU the public, that have found bringing your children to Kiddieland an enjoyable experience that has become a time honored tradition here in Merced and the Valley.

The first Kiddieland CAR ride 1957.

Here is possibly the second Car ride?

Pictured above some of Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced founders showing off one of Kiddielands first proud possessions.

Here we have a newer picture of the same view of Kiddieland, looks a little different but serves the same purpose just a different generation.

"O.K., Mayor, Let 'Er Go" (11-26-1960)

Mayor L. Earle Salter pounded the first golden spike into the Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced's Kiddieland train this morning under the watchful eyes of well-wishers, including Diane, 5, and Robbie Busby, 4, The children of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Busby. The spike-pounding highlighted today's grand opening ceremony at Applegate Park. Others driving spikes were Don Blauert, club president; Ken McSwain, past Kiwanis district governor; B. E. Towle, club train chairman; and Norman Herman, Recreation and Parks Commission chairman.

photo provide courtesy of Merced County Historical Society Archives, the photo is copyrighted and approved for use only on this web site, it may not be used without approval of The Museum.

Over the years, Kiddieland has gone through a few changes as the pictures above show. There is still an abundance of fun for the entire family at Kiddieland. Admission remains FREE, as always, ride coupons cost fifty cents each. All rides, with the exception of the train require one coupon to ride, the train requires two for each rider. We also offer an all day wristband that for ten-dollars entitles the wearer to ride all the rides all day long as often and as much as possible.

Pictured above is Larry Brammer brother of Don. Larry's Great Granddaughter's are in the "Brammer Caboose" dedicated to both for years of dedicated service to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced. The brothers worked on the Train, kept it maintained and drove it for years. They were instrumental in bringing aboard Mechanic and Engineer Mr. John Sykes, for who the Kiddieland Express "Engine" is dedicated.

Thanks for visiting  on the www. All of us at the Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced hope to see YOU at  very soon.

Other Kiwanis Community Service Projects include:

  1. Scholarships for Merced High & Golden Valley High School Key Clubs - See your advisors for scholarship applications.
  2. Merced Police Explorer's Post for High School Students
  3. Boy & Girl Scouts
  4. Boys & Girls Club
  5. Child Safety projects
  6. Project Cherish  - located at 851 W. 23rd St. Merced
  7. Relay for life-American Cancer Society
  8. American Heart Association