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Curious Kids Rollercoasters & Amusement Parks

Did You Know?

The fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, reaches speeds of nearly 150 miles per hour!

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Fiction Books

Non-fiction Books

Fun Activities

WHOAHLer Coaster
From PBS Kids. Test this one after you’re done – if it doesn’t work, the cart may fall off the track!

Build Your Own Coaster
This one is from Discovery Kids. When you’re finished, the site will “ride” your coaster, and give you feedback on the design.

Amusement Park Physics: Design a Roller Coaster
Plenty of detail for serious designers! Start with the height and shape of the first hill, and go from there!


Phineas and Ferb: The Daze of Summer
The step-brothers enjoy a summer of adventure, including inventing a roller coaster of their own!

The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity [DVD]
Disney’s ride designers figure out the best way to deal with gravity, to create rollercoaster thrills!

Popular Mechanics for Kids: Rollercoasters [DVD]
Watch this DVD and brave some of the world's fastest roller coasters!


The Roller Coaster DataBase – Ohio Amusement Parks
This database includes photos of amusement parks and rollercoasters from all over Ohio! Ohio listings appear in blue on the page.

Amusement Park Physics: Roller Coaster, from Annenberg Learner
Why do roller coasters work? Does it matter if they’re wood or steel? Explore the science behind them.

Extreme Roller Coasters in Slow Motion!
Watch this short video of a very wet ride, and learn about roller coasters!

Wacky Weekend – Rides and Waterslides
National Geographic kids brings you this photo collection of wacky rides from around the world!

National Carousel Association Photo Show
Love carousels (also known as merry-go-rounds)? Check out these pictures of beautiful carousels & carousel creatures from around the USA!