Tonaquint Park in St. George added an All Abilities Park called Thunder Junction this Fall. This new park has a lot of fun activities, including a train ride. We spent an afternoon playing at Thunder Junction, and we can’t wait to go back.
Thunder Junction was developed for children of All Abilities, therefore the toys are developed for children who might need more help or support to play on them. The ground is also covered in soft mats instead of bark, and there are wheelchair access ramps to all the areas. We saw children of all ages, and abilities playing at this amazing park.
The theme of Thunder Junction revolves around dinosaurs. There is a large volcano in the background and it “erupts” every once in awhile and smoke puffs out the top. Many of the toys are shaped like dinosaurs, and some are slides or teeter-totters. There are lots of other fun toys that aren’t specific to dinosaurs like Ziplines and big slides that my boys loved using. A large climbing wall was a big hit with the older kids at the park.
Thunder Junction has a splash pad. Water drips out of a dinosaur fossils mouth into a small river for the children to wade in. There are also waterfalls cascading off some red rock that you can walk behind. We didn’t play in the water since we stopped by on a road trip, but the splash pad area looked amazing. And it will be wonderful in the St George summers.
There is a small area with some musical instruments. This area was very popular and my boys visited here more than once. There were bells and xylophones to play, as well as some simple drums. This area is on a small path away from the play area, so make sure to walk over there.
The highlight of Thunder Junction is obviously the train! The train runs every 10-15 minutes and it is the only part of the park that costs money. It costs $1/person to ride this small train, but it is definitely worth it. All the proceeds go back into the park, and what child doesn’t want to ride a train? The ride goes around the park and there are tunnels and bridges to make the ride pretty fun.
There are a few other awesome things about this park. The huge volcano actually has picnic tables inside, which means the tables are out of the sun. There are also bathrooms available in the park. I was also impressed with all the positive signs throughout the park, as well as on the train ride. It helped create such a fun, happy environment.
Thunder Junction is definitely a must-stop spot for families in St. George. We could have easily stayed all day! This park is located at the Tonaquint Park at 1851 S. Dixie Drive. Tonaquint Park has another playground, walking paths, pavilions, and a nature center which are all separate from Thunder Junction.