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Adventure, game and action with Captain Bluebear, "The Mouse" & Co.
By Yvonne Wirth (Ravensburger Freizeit und Promotion GmbH)
In the amusement park on Lake Constance, adventurers of all age groups can experience unforgettable moments with each other for example when they rush down into the depths during alpine rafting, dash to lofty heights in the family free-fall tower called "Here comes the mouse!" or explore the largest "crazy labyrinth" in the world. It is only at the Ravensburger Spieleland where the visitors meet real stars like Captain Blue Bear and the mouse from the popular German children's series called "Sendung mit der Maus". Several times the amusement park has been awarded Germany's most family-friendly theme park. Situated in the midst of greenery it invites its visitors to spend their leisure time in eight different theme worlds and discover more than 70 attractions. Those who stay overnight in the Ravensburger Spieleland holiday village, will even experience an extraordinary short holiday there.
In particular the season ticket holders appreciate the extensive and pedagogically valuable playgrounds in the Ravensburger Spieleland amusement park. No matter if water playground, climbing mountain or the real train serving as a climbing facility, at Ravensburger Spieleland all children get their money's worth. Both the so-called Activity World as well as the first inclusive playground ever offered in a German leisure park have recently been opened in 2019. Families will be happy in the Activity World with their darlings from "The Mole Company". Racing against each other on the sand obstacle course, jumping up into the air on the mole trampolines and digging extensively on the golden sand playground - there are no limits to physical leisure activity! On more than 1,500 square metres, the guests can experience the classics among the family games in a completely new way. Furthermore they are invited to compete against each other on the volleyball field. If the parents want to relax afterwards on the large sunbathing lawn, the little ones can enjoy climbing on the molehill. However, those who need a cool down, will be splashed with water when walking between the water-spraying flowers.
Here at Ravensburger Spieleland both children with and without disabilities can play together on the first inclusive playground ever offered within a German theme park. Therefore this playground has been equipped with play devices which have been designed according to the specific needs of the children. It is named after Radio 7 Drachenkinder gGmbH, an organisation which has supported sick, traumatised and disabled children from the broadcasting area in various ways already for many years.
"Our motivation is to see the families having fun together. We therefore found it essential to include the important issue of inclusion," says Managing Director of Ravensburger Spieleland, Siglinde Nowack. "Especially children with disabilities should thus be given the opportunity to use special play equipment together with children without disabilities". It is here where the young visitors with limited motor skills can experience how it feels to play on a springy mat, for example, or to have a spin on an especially designed merry-go-round with their siblings. There is also a large climbing and balancing module the design of which allows accessibility to both children with and without disabilities. At this inclusion playground, both the children's wishes and expectations come true on equal terms while at the same time togetherness and joint playing is promoted. The Radio 7 Drachenkinder gGmbH playground is the first inclusion playground offered by a German theme park.
Other playgrounds of the Ravensburger Spieleland theme park:
EnbW Water Oasis
In 2012 the Spieleland amusement park opened a water-oasis area for children. On the approximately 1,500-hectare large area, play streams meander through an oak grove with sluices, paddle wheels, pumps, spray nozzles, sandboxes and even a real weir. Lucky those who make it over the footbridge with dry feet and also master the adventurous climbing over the coconut ropes. In the water forest, which is one of the most beautiful places on hot days, both children and adults are attracted by the element of water.
The Reka Adventure Camp
This land of discovery which offers alpine rafting and lots of sliding fun is not for the faint-hearted. It is here at the Reka Alpine Gorge, where the daring climbing enthusiasts will have to pass a real test of courage. At lofty heights even small visitors aged three years onwards can climb, move onwards hand-over hand and crawl through a 37-metre long free-floating rope tunnel. The backdrop among them is spectacular: the torrent of alpine rafting, which ends in a large torrent of water. If the young visitors want to experience a different perspective when practising alpine rafting, they first have to climb up the climbing mountain. Once they reach the centre of the Reka Alpine Gorge, only the bravest among them will look into the eye of the turbulent water vortices, which are roaring just one metre below them. Once there, both big and small gorge climbers can choose to either descend safely via the stairs or by sliding down quickly.
Discover the secrets of Switzerland
In the Reka Adventure Camp, which is located in the Reka Alpine Gorge, there are five large play stations which invite the visitors to take a closer look at Switzerland. In the so-called Schwyzerdütsch XXL memory® the aim is to find the right pairs of terms:
What is a “Himmugüegeli”? And how do you say "Guetzli" in high standard German? Only those who know their counterpart and remember the relevant position will be the winners. In addition, visitors can get to know Switzerland and its holiday destinations through the sliding puzzle, learn more about records and exciting anecdotes from Switzerland or compete against each other in the summit-storming game.
The Brio Toy Train
Who doesn't know it? The famous wooden train of the Swedish toy manufacturer Brio. In Ravensburger Spieleland you can get to know this famous toy in large format. Zero to twelve-year-old children can enjoy an eventful game on the toy train with different tasks, obstacles and attractions. The locomotive with climbable boiler room as well as the three wagons with climbing and exercise possibilities offer lots of variety. The accompanying small station is especially adapted to the play needs of children under three years of age. There is a swing for younger guests between two Saint Andrew’s crosses. In addition, there is a "stack of rails" which provides the parents with a place where they can have a rest and relax.
The TUI Kids Airport
From the 2020 season onwards, the walk-in children's aircraft at the Kids-Airport in the amusement park will shine in the colours of the renowned airline. In addition to the plane, children can become pilots themselves and fly off on their well-deserved holiday together with TUI from Germany. A backdrop wall invites children to discover the exciting world of flying. From the luggage trolley to the departure hall, everything on the grounds of the Kids-Airport reminds the visitors of a real airport.
 (”Here comes the mouse” is the subtitle of the popular children's series on German television called “Die Sendung mit der Maus”.)
 EnBW = Energie Baden-Württemberg, publicly traded electric utilities company headquartered in Karslruhe, Germany
 a game focused on typical Swiss-German terms