When I was younger and living in Littleton, CO, my family and friends frequented Water World. It was quite a place then, and from the looks of the website, it seems to have gotten bigger and better in the 25 years since I’ve been there. My sister and I will never forget the day our parents took us out on errands, saying we had to go look at furniture or something lame to any kid at the time. We drove and drove, and all of a sudden, my dad pulled into the parking lot of Water World. They pulled back the cover in the trunk of our Subaru wagon, and lo and behold, all the stuff we needed for a day at a water park was there. It was the greatest surprise!! I have so many fond memories of that place, but had never been to another water park (at least that I can remember because splash parks don’t really count) until a few weekends ago.
I’ll be honest, I was a little scared of them. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more fearful, more worried about germs and just more… you know… uptight, I guess. Water parks were no longer at the top of my list of family adventures.
I will bite my tongue, though, now. We had a great time at the Massanutten WaterPark. It was a true family adventure with Meema, Jerry, Jen, Scott, baby Hayes, and the four of us. My mom had gotten a nice package deal that included passes to the WaterPark while staying in one of the condos there nearby.
After gathering everyone together, we headed over to the large indoor facility. From the outside, you see the huge atrium and tube slides coming out of the building, snaking around each other, and then going back into the building. Mason was excited just seeing those!
Once we got through the line and got our bracelets, we were let loose in this massive water park! The majority of it is indoors with a lazy river, splash zones, kid slides, grown-up slides, huge buckets of water dropping at unknown intervals, a Pipeline for surfing, a baby area with tiny slide and sprinklers, a huge hot tub, and then a smallish splash pool. That does not even include the huge arcade and bar area on a different level. There is also water stuff outside including a large wave pool, splash zone, smaller pool with basketball hoops and floating crosswalk, and a huge speedy racing slide.
Not knowing where to start, we let the kids decide. They pulled us up to the indoor splash area, and we immediately started going down slides. Mason had measured in as tall enough to go on anything she wanted. Cooper was not so lucky. We started going down some kid slides with him in our laps, but were quickly told that was not allowed. Thankfully Cooper manned up and was able to do the slides if he was holding our hand in the slide right next to him. The kid is pretty fearless, so it was hard to tell him he couldn’t do everything. Mason, on the other hand, was ready to roll. She quickly convinced her dad to go down one of the huge tube slides on a double raft. Cooper and I stayed behind while Jen, Meema, and Jerry did one of the fast tube slides with no raft. It took awhile to meet back up with Mason and Jeremy, and I was concerned the line was super long. We later found out that they had not been waiting in line, but had been down the slide 3 times!
Next it was lazy river time!
We had a blast in the little time we had at the park in the morning. We went back to the condo for lunch and some quick naps for the kiddos, but then it was back to the water park in the afternoon. This time, Hayes even got to join the fun!
We did make it outside, but it was still pretty chilly in the mountain air. Meema and Jerry really wanted to try the speed racer slides, and their enthusiasm rubbed off on Mason. Unfortunately when she got to the top and looked down, knowing she would have to go down face first, she started screaming. Honestly, I think it was for the best, but knew she had to make that decision herself rather than me saying no. And to tell you the truth, I was glad to have an excuse to bow out and walk back down the stairs with her. It looked scary! Maybe she’ll be up for it next year.
After more fun in the afternoon, it was time to gather our things and head back to the condo to get ready for dinner. But all in all, it was a great time. Jeremy is already looking for more water parks to get to, and I can tell this might become a yearly tradition. While the indoor nature of this water park still had me a bit uptight about all the germs and such in the humid air, I was able to let go of it and enjoy time with the family. Maybe next time I’ll even get to build up my fearlessness a bit and go down one of the big slides with Mason!