There was a TON of snow up there which made the kids (and myself, I have to say!) very excited! We drove for about an hour to get there, and it was WAY worth it! The kids were all free, and it only cost $60 for me and Frank to get in, which is very cheap for a family of 5 to have a day full of fun like this!
The kids talked about this all weekend until Sunday, when it was finally time to go! They kept calling it the beach! So cute!
Of course the first thing to do when we got to the water park was go get changed! Daddy and Connor went first and got in their swim suits while I waited with the other two and with all of our stuff, then I went and got myself, Mason, and Merasia changed and put our coats and clothes, etc. away in a locker. It was SO warm inside the water park so even though it was below zero and snowing outside, it was toasty and hot inside just like a real beach. Of course the place we stayed all day was the kiddie pool area, but that was BEYOND FUN!
There were slides, sprinklers, a wading pool that was a few inches deep, and a big bucket at the very top that dumped water every 10 minutes or so. The kids LOOOOVED the yellow slide! It has water that comes out the sides to wet the slide area down and make it nice and slippery, a little crawling tunnel underneath it, and a soft, cushion-y pad at the bottom that was also very slick and slippery for the little ones to land on and not get hurt. Mason took plenty of head first tumbles on it and never once cried or cared. He got right back up and went up the stairs for more slide fun!
The kids went down this slide over and over and over and over again! Frank started off with trying to catch them at the bottom, but the lifeguard said it was actually better to not do that, because if they slip backwards they can hit their head on the bottom of the slide and actually get hurt, where if we just let them go, they won't get hurt on the cushion pad at the bottom, and we saw that was very much true and the better way to just let them go and not catch them or stop them.
There is a ton of different sprinklers there too, and the kids loved running in and out of them and experimenting with them.
Adults are not allowed to go down the kiddie slides with their children on their laps, but we could ride down one of the green slides while one of the kids slid down the one next to us at the same time, so I did that a few times with Merasia to show her there was nothing to be afraid of. After me doing that 2 or 3 times with her, she started going up and sliding down all by herself!
She had SO MUCH FUN!! Connor has never been one for water slides, so it wasn't surprising he didn't want to try it, even with me next to him, but he still had fun doing the other stuff and watching his sister. There was another bigger tunnel slide in the kiddie area, and because I couldn't go down it with her, Merasia didn't want to do it at first. But I kept telling her it was just as fun and she was a big girl and could do it on her own like the other kids were, and she finally decided she was going to try it. I think she was very happy she did because she went down that thing at LEAST 10 times, but maybe more than that!
Once the kids discovered the tunnel underneath the yellow slide, they loved playing and hiding in there too!
The rest of the time the kids just loved walking in the water, splashing in the water, and "swimming." Mason loved crawling around in the water and pretending to be a dog.
The rest of the water park was WAY cool too! There are 4 other much larger slides for kids and adults to go on. A couple of them are for much older kids and adults, but our kids are tall enough to go on a couple of the bigger ones.
There's also a hot tub and a separate activity pool to play in, but we didn't go in either of those. Another cool thing they have is a surf and boogie board simulator, and even though our kids were tall enough to try to boogie board part, they don't really know what it is, so we didn't do that. But it is pretty cool!!
There is also a larger swimming area/lazy river. You can walk it by yourself or with your children, float down it on a single or double tube by yourself or with your children, or swim it. I went on with Merasia in a tube, and it was lots of fun! It's only about 3 or 4 feet deep, and younger children have to wear life jackets in it anyway, so they are nice and safe. There are some parts where there are sprinklers shooting water over your hear and down on to you, which is fun too. Connor was scared so he didn't want to go on it, but he liked watching everyone else do it!
We got there around 9:30 in the morning, and stopped for lunch around 11:00. There's a yummy little snack bar area so we got some hot dogs, chicken strips, and french fries and then went back for more fun! We finally left around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and all 3 kiddos passed out seconds after we left the park. It was an amazing day, and so much fun for all of us. We definitely will be going again very soon, it was well worth the money and even when the twins turn 4 and we have to pay for them, it will still be worth it because of how much fun they had and how much stuff there is for them to do there. I am so thankful for these family moments and memories and can't wait to make many, many more!