**Updated for 2023**
Does your family love going to theme parks? You'll love this deal for a FREE Pre-K Pass for Kings Dominion in Virginia.
There is a MAJOR change to this year's process, so read on for more information about getting your preschool pass for Kings Dominion.
One of the best parts of this preschool pass offer is that there is no residency requirement, like at Sea World. You can live anywhere to take advantage of this great deal, so consider it if you'll be visiting the area in 2023.
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Where is Kings Dominion?
Kings Dominion is in 16000 Theme Park Way in Doswell, Virginia. That's about 30 minutes north of Richmond, VA, depending on traffic.
If you're coming from the north, like Washington, DC, it's just over 80 miles down Route 95. Definitely plan on heavy traffic on summer weekends because that's a main road for folks heading to beaches or other vacation destinations.
The Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, metro area is about 3 hours away by car.
What is new at Kings Dominion for 2023?
Starting in 2023, Kings Dominion will expand to year-round operations. You'll see that they're open on weekends in January, February, and early March, with regular park operations continuing throughout the rest of the year. Be sure to check the operating schedule before you plan your trip.
It was also previously announced that the Grizzly would be revamped and reopened in 2023. This is in addition to last year's upgrade of Safari Village and opening of the new 4D Tumblii. My teens loved it!
BIG change to the free Pre-K Pass for kids 3-5 years old
There's a major change to the program this year–now, an adult needs to purchase a Gold or Platinum Season Pass before applying for the free Preschool Pass. The online registration form will include a spot for you to enter the number on your season pass.
In addition, they're limiting each passholder to TWO free preschool passes. That means that if you have more than 2 children eligible for the free pass (ages 3-5), you'll need a second adult to register along with you.
What to do first
Start by purchasing yourself a season pass to the park. You can choose the Gold Pass for $109 which allows unlimited visits and free parking to both Kings Dominion and Soak City USA. This is a great deal since one-day admission tickets start at $30, and parking is $25. So make just two visits during the season, and you're covered.
The other option is the Platinum Pass for $265. The only difference is unlimited admission to ALL of the Cedar Fair parks. But that free preschool pass does not, so keep that in mind. You would have to apply for a pass at each park ahead of August 1st, then follow their instructions to activate.
Register for the Kings Dominion Free Pre-K Pass
Once you've purchased your season pass, you can register online for the free preschool pass (maximum two children). Do this any time before August 1, 2023.
After registering your child/children online, bring them to the park on a public operating day to activate their pass at the main entrance by August 1, 2023. You will need to bring a valid birth certificate or passport that shows their age (copies are fine).
Details of the Kings Dominion PreK Pass
The Kings Dominion Pre-K Pass can be used throughout 2023–including the Great Pumpkin Fest and WinterFest.
It's good for unlimited visits to both Kings Dominion and Soak City Waterpark.
Parking at Kings Dominion
Parking is $25 per vehicle for regular parking at the Front Gate and $35 for preferred. A limited number of disability parking spaces are available near the Front Gate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Areas of Kings Dominion
Candy Apple Grove
I have such great memories of watching my little ones on the kid-friendly rides. Their favorite was Joe Cool’s Driving School and the beginner coasters. If you have little ones, plan on meeting the Peanuts characters and enjoying all the rides and shows in this favorite section of the park.
Soak City Waterpark
Soak City is open through the summer season and is included with all admission tickets to Kings Dominion. This 20-acre water park features extreme water slides, a massive wave pool and the all-new redesigned play area Coconut Shores.