Our family had a great time at The Dells in Wisconsin. While much of the water park was over Lael’s head, literally and figuratively, Seth became a water-slide veteran.
Shortly after arriving at the hotel, we discarded our street clothes in favor of swim shorts and beach towels. Well, okay not beach towels. The park gave us sandpaper-quality washcloths, but we understand there is that theft problem.
But who cared? We were in the water most of the time anyway.
We started out with a gentle raft ride that all four of us could do together. We just floated around and around and around. After acclimating the kids to the water, I took Seth up a modest slide where we rode the same raft down together.
Seth overcame his fear of stairs and ladders and proclaimed the ride great. We did that one a dozen times.
From there, the rest was easy. As you can see in the top picture, Seth became an expert at the kids-only slides by overcoming another fear: getting splashed in the face.
Soon my boy graduated to a monster slide – three stories up – where you go down head-first on a mat. Seth was height-checked every time a new lifeguard was up there, but my boy passed by a hairs-width each time.
Then we would plunge through tubes side-by-side and down a ridiculously steep slide at fantastic speeds. Seth couldn’t get enough of it. (Nor could I.)
Lael had fun playing in the kiddy and splash pools. And she pushed a floating inner tube around the calm side of the wave pool. Lael even went down the raft slide with me twice, but that was enough for her. Hey, she’s only 19-months old.
Anne, whose blog Cybils announced the winners of her children’s literary contest the day before we drove up, says she had fun too. (I think Anne can’t wait until Lael is older so she can do more of the rides.) That the contest was a success certainly added to my wife’s enjoyment of the trip.
After getting back home and doing laundry on Sunday to get the chlorine smell out of our bathing suits, I noticed the newspaper advertising a new water park just opened up in the Chicago area. Can you say day trip?