The focus of this post is to highlight a local event that my family received free passes for the purpose of review as part of the US Family Guide. No other compensation was received and all thoughts contained in the post are my own. I keep a proper disclosure statement here.
Earlier this summer I posted some discount coupons for Andy Alligator's and I was also given the opportunity to take my family to bot the fun park and the water park for free! As the summer would have it, between some travel and my older two kids volunteering several weeks at a nearby summer camp, last week was our first opportunity to be able to all go at the same time. And as things would turn out, it just so happened that our two foster preschool boys were back with us for a bit and they got to go with us. Double score! And as luck would have it, this was also A's birthday. He turned five on this day, so this was one pretty awesome present. I wish I could show you their faces - they were seriously excited. But you can probably tell that already because R3 had his shirt off for the water park before we even had our passes. It took some convincing to get him to put it back on for a bit...
Because we were on the fun park side to get our passes, the lure of the bumper cars called to my girls. The boys ended up being too small to do those, so they ran around like mad pretend playing all the arcade games waited patiently for the girls to finish.
Eager to get to the water park now, since we really wanted to do that with the boys, we first stopped at these bumper boats and got completely soaked!
We then realized you can't actually get to the water park the way we were going - you have to go back through the fun park and walk across the parking lot to the water park. That's one critique I think they could fix - for those who have the dual park pass, there should be a dual park entrance so you don't have to go the long way each time you switch parks. Just my little $0.02.
The water park was a huge hit. Whereas there really weren't a lot of options in the fun park for the boys, the water park was all about them. They loved the splash pad, the slides, and the lazy river. LOVED the lazy river! But we all love the lazy river. What's not to love? Get yourself a raft and just float like you don't have a care in the world! (Until some teenage boy tries to capsize you, but that's another blog post...). We met up with some friends in the water park which just made it that much more fun.
We spent quite a long time at the water park and had a super great time. It seems to me they would benefit from a bit more shaded sections for families to hang out a bit and regroup. As it was I got pretty sunburned, but I can't really blame that on Andy Alligator's...I just needed a better application of sun screen. Still, some more shade would have been nice. *wink*
It was at this point all my kids were ready for a snack and the two boys were just getting really tired. We decided to leave the park for a bit to rest and regroup. The boys surprised us by falling asleep almost instantly so we just went back home. I had to take them back to their new foster home that evening, so I promised my girls that after we took the boys back we would return to the fun park and do the rest of the "big kid" things they couldn't really do while the boys were with us. First top: go-karts!
Millie wasn't tall enough to drive and Maddie wasn't old enough to let her ride with her so...I had to ride this one too. We had the baby with us for our second half of the day so we took turns riding the cars and watching the baby. He didn't seem to mind.
He also didn't seem to mind us dragging him around from hole to hole on the mini-golf course.
And my kids talked me into getting on the Frog Hopper which is surprisingly fun and even more if you close your eyes during the ride!
And because we'd had all this fun all day long for free I gave each of my girls a $5 arcade card and they went a little nuts for a while:
We then ended the night with one round at the batting cages for Chloe and the rock climbing wall for all of them. I still can't believe they talked me into staying there all the way until closing time!
I was pretty exhausted at the end of it all, but it was totally worth it. My entire family had a BLAST at both the Andy Alligator's fun park and water park!