It’s true that in high school we used to pronounce Kiddieland over on North Avenue Kid-DIE-land, because it’s such an old amusement park, and some of the rides date back to at least the 40s, and the place is inevitably a little seedy even though it tries really really hard not to be. But really, you should go. Go for the mini train, stay for the unsettling clown decor.
I’ll confess that I have never been to Santa’s Village; my parents never took me and I never asked them to, because something about seeing Santa in the summer time just seemed very, very wrong to me. Secretly I thought that kids who went there were retards who couldn’t wait until Christmas. Shh.