It's sometimes hard finding an activity the whole family can enjoy, especially when there is a big age difference between the kids. While I had never been to Wild Water Kingdom before, my husband used to hang out there as a teenager which meant not only would we have fun as a family, he had the added bonus that he could share all of his "when I was a kid" stories.
We took my two boys and my niece, the ages ranging between: 13 and 7, yet each of them had a fantastic time because there's something for every age at Wild Water Kingdom.
For older kids there are exciting slides like the Midnight Express, Devil's Drop, The Cliff (I almost lost my bathing suit bottoms on that one) and Corkscrew, while younger kids can enjoy the Dolphin Bay Water Playground, the Children's Adventure Playground and The Big Tipper water bucket. Feeling a bit water logged? Play mini-golf or go rock wall climbing.
Kids are unpredictable so it shouldn't have surprised me that my boys were at first a bit resistant to sliding down the slides. Thankfully my niece is very convincing and once she got them down their first slide, there was no stopping any of them. But by far, the best part for the kids was the wave pool. Actually, all of us could have spent the entire day coasting the waves in that pool. However, for me, the Lazy River came a close second. There is something therapeutic about floating around on an inner tube that allows you to release your inner stress and simply relax while the sun beams down on your face. I'm currently looking into having a Lazy River installed around our neighbourhood. Work life would be so much better if I could participate in conference calls while floating on an inner tube.
I can honestly say, aside from our vacation where I was completely unplugged, it was the best time we had all summer. I know this because as we were walking out of the park at the end of the day, my older son turned to me and said "I wish there was a button we could press so we could do this whole day over again."
Me too, little buddy....me too....
Ready To Start The Day
Smiles On The Slide
Two Thumbs Up
You Know It's A Good Day When (he's sleeping for real)
p.s. If your kids aren't too exhausted by the end of the day, Wild Water Kingdom even has a drive-in.
p.p.s. Wild Water Kingdom let us hang at their park for the day for free but, we have gone back again and paid our own way.
Looking for other fun things to do in Ontario? Check out Dundurn Castle and The Streetcar Museum.