Sunday, May 24, 2015

Keeping Up With...Family (Kalahari Weekend)

I have been hearing about Kalahari Water Park for a few months now and the boys are really into swimming and water slides right now.  When I saw a great Living Social deal for an over night stay there, I jumped on it.  We wanted to go for Mother's Day & Adrian's birthday, but that weekend had too many other things going on so we postponed a week and went the night of the 17th.

We got up bright and early on Sunday and hit the road.  We were able to start using the water park at noon and wanted to get there as close to that as we could.  We got to the area right around noon, stopped for lunch at McDonald's down the road & headed to the park.

Thankfully we were able to check into our room as soon as we got there.  We went and got changed into our swim trunks and headed to the water.  We spent the next 3 1/2 hours swimming, riding the lazy river, playing in the wave pool and going on slides.  Everyone started to get tired and hungry so we headed back to our room for a dinner break.

I can't say enough how much we enjoyed staying at the water park.  It was nice to be able to just walk a few feet to get to our room.  We were able to spend a lot more time playing since we could also take frequent breaks.  We packed a bunch of snacks to keep in the room to save some money, but we did splurge on pizza, fries and ice cream for our dinner.

After refueling we headed back to the water park for more fun.  It was starting to clear out a little, making the lines for the bigger slides shorter.  Daniel and I really enjoyed the two slides they had that 4 people rode together on one giant raft.  He and I did them a bunch of times on Saturday, especially at night when the lines were shorter.  AJ loved the wave pool, he spent a good chunk of time in it.  It was very cool because you were able to ride on a tube in the pool.  It was fun to watch AJ being splashed around in the waves in the tube. 

We were all in the pool and I noticed that Zak was starting to doze off (it was almost 9pm).  Adrian took him back to the room to try to get him to go to sleep while the big boys & I rode the giant tube slide one more time.  We went back to the room & swapped off, I stayed with Zak and relaxed while Adrian took the boys to play in the arcade.  By the time everyone finally got back, we all passed out shortly before 11pm.

You would think the late would mean sleeping in, but not for our boys.  They were up and raring to go and we had everything packed and in the car before the water park opened at 9.  We played for another 3 1/2 hours before everyone just got super tired and hungry.  We grabbed a quick lunch and hit the road back home, where Zak and I both napped for a good part of the trip.

All in all, it was a great weekend trip for us.  We haven't had a lot of time together with our crazy schedule the past few months so it was nice to just get away and reconnect.  The boys loved every minute of the water park.  AJ's favorite ride was the wave pool, Daniel's favorite ride was the big tube slides, and Zak's favorite ride was the big dumping bucket.  I really enjoyed the lazy river, especially since I got to go around it twice by myself!  I also really liked the tubes in the wave pool, that was a new thing to me.  We plan to go back again, hopefully this fall or early next spring!

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