Family Day Trip to Water Country in Portsmouth, NH #summerbreak #WCFamilyFun #NH

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets and parking to visit Water Country in Portsmouth, NH with my family.

Day out with Kids at Water Country #WCFamilyFun with Promo Code

Last Monday I packed up the Town & Country to head off for a two hour drive to Portsmouth, NH where the family would enjoy a day out at Water Country. I had a total of four children and two adults in the vehicle and we were ready to head off. The biggest thing that saved our long trip? The Nabi Tablet and Squiggle Pads. The two tweens had their cell phones to entertain them as well.

Upon arrival, we checked in and grabbed our complimentary tickets for admission as well as our cabana. We were all really shocked and excited when we saw that our cabana was a luxury one, versus the lower end cabana options. While all of the cabana’s looked great and gave some privacy, the one we had looked over the wave pool and lent us just enough privacy that we didn’t end up using a locker for our stuff.

Water Country Cabana Rates:

  • Diamond Hill Builders Party Deck — Fits up to 20 adults and is furnished with 3 large tables with 4 chairs each under a shade canopy and 6 lounge chairs. Price ranges $249-$299.
  • Pool Side King Cabanas & Captain’s King Cabana — 8 people with a table, 4 chairs and 4 lounge chairs. Price ranges $150/140.
  • Poolside Jolly Roger — 6 people with a small table, 4 chairs and 2 lounge chairs. Price ranges $129/$119.
  • There are many other cabana options available that will lend you a shady place to rest and group back up with those who come with. Visit WaterCountry.com and click on Cabana’s, under Plan a Visit option.

Tips on choosing the best cabana for your visit; be sure that the location of your cabana suits your visit needs. For example, had I been strictly visiting with just my two younger boys, I would have been best suited to have a cabana located near the Pirates Lagoon as that was my sons’ favorite spot at Water Country.

 Day out with Kids at Water Country #WCFamilyFun with Promo Code

Once we were all settled into our cabana, we wanted to take a walk around the whole Water Country site; this was our way to figure out what there were for rides and where various places were located so that when we split up to be boys with boys and girls with girls, we all knew where each other were located. There were so many rides to choose from, I was very impressed with my daughter for trying this Double Dive Boggan water slide. Basically it’s really high up, you have to carry your mat up to the top, lay down face first and lunge down this water slide. My sons absolutely loved it, even if I had a bit of a heart attack watching my sons be that high up! My daughter, who has a really big fear of heights loved this ride, but only for one time. It was simply a little too much for her preference, the sons’ and their Dad went down it a bunch!

Once we started going on various rides, we got to know how nice most of the lifeguards are here. You see, when you visit a place like Water Country, there tends to be a lot of young adults being the lifeguards and these days you never know what personality they will have. Thankfully we were blessed to have some pretty kind and compassionate lifeguards to tend to us, if we had any needs. My middle child is high functioning autistic, so that brought on some challenges, but the life guard at the shack to the Wave Pool showed his true colors in customer service. I was overall very pleased with all but one lifeguard who was a bit overwhelmed it seemed, in how the coverage was for those watching people on rides and how kind each of them were.

Day out with Kids at Water Country #WCFamilyFun with Promo Code

I must admit, once we all found Thunder Falls, that is where the family spent all of their time. We must have spent an hour at this one ride. I loved that I could stand at the bottom and take pictures. The four children went on by themselves; ages 12, 11, 7 and 5. I allowed them to go up the stairs alone and onto the raft; which is a huge deal because I rarely let my sons out of my sight. I felt very safe here at Water Country, at all times!

One piece of advice for planning your visit to Water Country is to think about what works best for your family, when I was choosing a date to go, I chose a Monday because I was hoping the place wouldn’t be as packed. My  middle child doesn’t do well waiting in long lines but honestly, even towards end of day about 5pm when the place started to get packed, the lines were moving really quickly. The staff on hand at all rides were really good at keeping the lines down so that everyone could enjoy riding over and over again!

Day out with Kids at Water Country #WCFamilyFun with Promo Code

We ended our day with a few pictures to capture those who were here this day; on the left is my ex husband and our two son’s, on the right is my daughter and youngest with my daughter’s best friend and in the middle is my son, Aj eating up some fried dough for the first time! On our way out, I treated the children to two fried doughs. They split the dough in half so boys shared with boys and girls shared with girls. The fried dough was about $6 and it was HUGE, certainly enough to share among at least 2 people!

Our overall experience was fantastic! The kids are asking when can we go again this Summer, and I certainly think I will be adding Water Country to our day visits next Summer because it really was a great experience from start to finish, even for my autistic son, which makes me smile big!

If you are planning a trip to Water Country in Portsmouth, NH anytime soon, I have a promo code for you:

Use code Blog30 to save $3.00 off the $38.99 admission price this Summer 2014 season at Water Country.  Click here to visit Water Country’s website to purchase your tickets today!

 

 Have you been to Water Country before, or a water park in your area? What was your favorite part of the water park?

 

 

Yes, These Kids Have Already Been in the Pool #NH #VT

These kids of mine have already ventured into the pool at my Dad’s home in Vermont. Yes. They did. The pool was about 70 degrees. Of course, me being the parent I am, told them only dip your feet. Seriously, what was I thinking? Dip your feet means get in the water up to your chest, which turned into my Dad saying to me, “what are you talking about? If they can put their feet in then they can get in!” Leave it to Dad … so in they went.

Kicking off Summer Early

So the kids… decided to listen to Grampa because Mom is chop liver when big ole Grampa is around ;)

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I love that all three kids were having a blast, after all they hadn’t slept very well the night before. I worked 10-12 on Saturday morning and knew the kids had to get out of the house that day. I figured what better place than Grampas! It’s all farm land with obviously this pool too. Once we arrived and the van was stopped, we all were at peace. I love it!

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I adore that Aj was smiling, laughing and joking away with everyone. It was a fun time for all and Miss Olivia was there too with my sister …

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Shown above is Miss Livy hanging onto Grampa’s hand while my sis is in the background watching her little baby girl walk around with Gramps.

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It was a beautiful day full of swimming, chatting, laughing and walking out to the barn to see the cow as well as behind Grampa’s to see the piggies. I can’t wait for some food from those piggies!

The pool was warm to the kids, but it was too early for this Mama to be hopping in. Have you gone in an outdoor pool yet this year?

 

 

Enjoy All-Year-Round Fun at an Indoor Water Park New England

Vacations are special events that people of all ages greatly anticipate and enjoy. However, the increasingly demanding and hectic lifestyles that many people are currently leading are preventing them from taking vacations as frequently as they would want to. As a result, planning a vacation is often met with certain restrictions in terms of distance, budget, and time.

Fortunately, indoor water parks entered the American mainstream in the mid-1900s. They proved to be worthy alternatives to faraway beach destinations not only because of their swimming pools, but also for their various amenities and water activities. If you are looking for an indoor water park, New England offers many choices and promises endless fun without having to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest ocean or spending a fortune on pricey resorts.

Today’s indoor water parks can truly give even the best resorts a run for their money. Some of them can have more than 10 lodges in which guests could stay while they enjoy the vast array of pools and slides. The largest indoor water park was built in 1985 and has an area of more than 5 acres. Moreover, it houses the largest wave pool in the entire world!

People that are more adventurous are sure to find something they like in an indoor water park. Some parks offer daredevil raft rides that swirl people up the sides, which can measure up to 30 feet. Another ride drops rider-filled rafts down multiple storeys through a chute, and sailing over hundreds of feet of water. Tree houses can also be seen in many indoor water parks, and are very popular among young guests. A tree house would include cargo nets, suspension bridges, and buckets filled with water to keep the climbers wet.

The biggest advantage of planning your vacation in an indoor water park is that you do not have to be concerned about what season it falls on. In addition, indoor water parks can be found in virtually every state in the US, so people have numerous options from which to choose. Apart from water rides and amenities, guests can also play games at the arcade, relax at the spa, have fun at the zip line, and go up on a ski gondola. Others even have museums built inside the water park to provide guests with a unique experience.

Indoor water pools are one of the few places where both young and old people can have equal amounts of fun. The slides often comes in various sizes to accommodate all ages and preferences. Some of the water parks incorporate a general theme to their ambience and rides in order to give their guests an experience that other water park do not offer. Some of the themes that indoor water parks have include Polynesian, African Safari, and even Science.

The multitude and variety of the activities that indoor water parks have to offer can wear you out right away. Thankfully, you can simply go to your room to recharge and freshen up before going back to the rides. Most of these water parks provide free bath products and towels for their guests to ensure their comfort and convenience. Another great advantage of spending your holiday at an indoor water park is that it can fit any type of budget. Most water parks offer vacation packages that cater to almost any budget, and schedule.

I am so Ready for Pool Season

After having a few days of complete awesome warmth and sunshine it has now started to get cold again here in New Hampshire which has left me frustrated and wishing we can just skip Spring now and head into swimming weather. What I wouldn’t give to be pool side watching the kids splash around in the pool. Now that I think about it, while pool season totally rocks, there are some concerns that occur with pool season being that I am a protective Mama and all; pool safety!

Fun in the Summer Escapes Ring Pool

I get so nervous around pools with my children, the oldest has been swimming for many years but is still a beginner in many ways. Let’s face it, no matter the age of your child, a pool can be a dangerous place and that is why you should take the following precautions to ensure that your child is safe during the Summer swimming season;

  1. Have a fence around the pool area as well as a child proof locked gate to the entrance of the pool.
  2. Use an automatic pool cover to keep the water covered, thus not accessible to children.
  3. Educate your children on what the rules are regarding the pool usage.
  4. Make sure the older kids understand they are not to take little kids into the pool without an adult supervising.
  5. Share videos and books with your children to ensure they understand that while a pool can be fun, it also poses many dangers and to not rough house in the pool.

There are many simple, low cost ways to try to instill every bit of safety around the pool this Summer season. Whether you choose to utilize a fence, gate and/or pool cover for your pool alongside setting rules with the children, I wish you all a warm and sunshine Summer full of laughter and great family memory making moments!

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I absolutely love this float because I am not a big swimming sort of person, honestly Ki and K would rather swim around while Aj just wades in the shallow end. I prefer to lay in style and comfort, the SwimWays Spring Float has really been a wonderful addition to our pool days. I am able to lounge so that I am within reach of my children but not have to swim nor stand in the pool for long periods of time.

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This is a comfy float that I hope you get some use out of this Summer and continue to use it next year!

Disclosure: I am a SwimWays Ambassador and received this float for free.

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