I love playing tourist in my own city. I loved it when we lived in Brooklyn, I missed out on doing it when I lived in London and Frankfurt, and I love doing it here.
Yesterday my mom (the tourist) and I took the kids to the water park. As always, it was an absolute dream going there. We made sure we picked up the discount ad from the DBQ Kids booklet ($8 during the week, $12 for a weekend) and went.
Everything was great. I am especially impressed with the people that work there. The lifeguards are both conscientious and fair. They do something you don’t see at the city pools. They use their judgment. They’re not constantly blowing their whistles at simple things, but are quick (but respectful) to step in when something is heading the wrong way. You have no idea how this makes for an enjoyable experience. Bad lifeguards can really ruin your day. (They also didn’t spend the entire time acting like it was a cocktail party.)
My youngest, who has been terrified of pools in the past, had a blast. He’s been going to the city pools with us (a mix of dangerous and annoying, my kids got hurt there more than once) and went to the pool at my parent’s hotel. So he was pretty happy at the water park. When they tried to talk to him because he was in the way on the slide (lifeguards are quicker than I am slogging through water) they were very understanding when I said he can’t talk. He got off, and they were nice (that was something they had to repeat to the little ones quite a bit).
We all enjoyed the whirlpool, the lazy river, the basketball, and I even went on one of the three water slides. The one with the tubes is the one I went on, and I had NO IDEA it was pitch black inside! Very fast and very fun and just a little scary.
I was even happy with the water temps. Even the food and the people who worked there made us happy.
We’ll probably have a party for my daughter here AGAIN since it is such an enjoyable place. It’s a shame they had no available rooms when my parents checked, but it is close enough that we can go.
I heard they had yearly passes, and after we wasted our money on the city pool passes, I think we’ll check it out. I heard it was expensive, but it would be worth it. I feel safe there, we have fun there, and it is close. What more could you want?
I’ve yet to hear a bad thing about that place. There’s a good reason for that.
Oh, and I forgot to add, they had SO MUCH FUN, they didn’t even ask for money for the game room. We only gave them money so they’d have something to do after we got dressed, and before my dad picked us up.