48 Hours Making Waves with Your Kids.

For a spring break escape indoor waterparks top the list because they offer easy 48-hour solutions for families short on time but ready to make waves.

A pause at top of the slide at KeyLime Cove.

At KeyLime Cove Waterpark in Illinois sliding challenges await all ages and sizes.

Scattered across the continent these tropical islands offer family adventures defying Mother Nature during the coldest months of the year. There is really nothing to compare to the cacophony of sounds, 84 balmy degrees, almost 90 humidity (no chance of rain) and bodies of all ages dressed in beach wear under a glass dome with chilly skies above.

Surf riding at Massanuttan in Virginia.

At Massanuttan Resort waterpark in Virginia riding the surf is park of the fun.

The cool thing is that waterparks in the US and Canada offer families not just water thrills and an array of interactive ways to enjoy water play but also climbing walls, ziplines, laser tag theaters, black light mini golf, mini bowling, and glow-in-the-dark gaming arcades. With feedback from readers and my own research I have posted an expansive list at the top of our family adventures folder. Three of my favorites are listed below.

Kalahari Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells.

Ride the Rippling Rhino at Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.

Kalahari Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells. The family-friendly water complex offers FLOWRIDER waves for surfing, lazy river floats, a water rollercoaster, lily pad jumps, spiral pipe flume ride and if that is not enough Kalahari has a giant adventure park as well.

World Waterpark in Edmonton Mall, Alberta.  The five-acre waterpark complex includes a beach supporting world’s largest wave pool so the surf is always up. There are more than 20 waterslides including super-fast body slides with free fall elements and if that’s not enough there is always shopping.

Great Wolf LodgeWwaterpark Thriling Vortex

The fun quotient is high at Great Wolf Lodge waterparks where flip-flops are essential; no sunscreen is needed; splashing is allowed and laughter prevails.

Great Wolf Lodge Waterparks in US & Canada. The undisputed champion of indoor waterparks, Great Wolf operates more than a dozen locations coast to coast including Canada. The locations are truly family adventure islands with interactive activities and amenities for all ages including grandpa.

More spring break family vacation ideas have been posted to our Family Adventure folder.

Just imagine 48 hours away making waves with your kids.

Nancy Nelson-Duac

Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files.

 

Making Waves with Your Kids

Indoor waterparks top the list when it comes to tropical-style family adventures during the coldest months of the year. The best of these indoor adventure spots provide easy solutions for families short on time but ready to make waves. The fun quotient is high because at a waterpark flip-flops are essential; no sunscreen is needed; splashing is allowed; silliness encouraged, and laughter prevails.

Wilderness at the Smokies Wild Waterdome Wave Pool

The surf is always up at the wave pool under the Wild Waterdome dome at Wilderness at the Smokies in Tennessee.

There is really nothing to compare to the cacophony of sounds, almost 90 % humidity (no chance of rain) and bodies of all ages dressed in beach wear under a dome with chilly skies above. At indoor waterparks it isn’t always size that matters but the quality of the space which allows children of different ages to have fun without conflict.

The added value for families is that waterparks in the US and Canada offer families not just water thrills and an array of interactive ways to enjoy water play but also climbing walls, ziplines, laser tag theaters, black light mini golf, mini bowling, and glow-in-the-dark gaming arcades. Some of the best waterparks include:

Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee.  The queen of American waterparks, the Wild Water Dome Indoor Waterpark spans seven acres and includes a Surf Rider wave pool, countless waterslides, tubing rides, tipping water bucket and wading pools.

Kalahari Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The family-friendly water complex contains offers Flowrider waves for surfing, lazy river floats, a water rollercoaster, lily pad jumps, and a spiral pipe flume ride.

World Waterpark in Edmonton Mall, Alberta.  The five-acre waterpark complex includes a beach supporting world’s largest wave pool so the surf is always up. There are more than 20 waterslides including super-fast body slides with free fall elements.

Sahara Sam’s in West Berlin, New Jersey. The largest indoor waterpark in the state includes Flowrider indoor surfing, family rafting, lazy river floating, super-fast, extra-long body slide, a water obstacle course, and toddler lagoon.

Splash Lagoon Erie, Pennsylvania.  One of the largest indoor wave pools in the Eastern US, an exhilarating aqua tumbler, a fast body slide, a thrilling tunnel slide, water basketball games, double-spinning rafts, lazy river, and laser tag.

Have fun making waves where ever you are.

Nancy Nelson-Duac

Family Travel Files