Last weekend we had the pleasure of adventuring up north to the Lake Erie area. The last time we were up there it was for the some beach play in the late summer. So what were we doing up there in the dead of winter? Playing at one of the areas many indoor waterparks of course! We went to CastAway Bay specifically and were invited there to be guests for a blogger junket. A great time was had by all. It was the perfect weekend getaway for us.
We have a pretty nice indoor waterpark very close to our home and we go there often but it is nowhere as nice and luxurious as this one. In fact my 12 year old refuses to go to the one near us anymore because it is too “babyish” but he LOVED CastAway Bay. They all did. My 7 year old surprised me by going on all the slides, even the big ones, often times by himself. The layout is so nice that you can just set kids free and they can do their thing while you watch from afar. Though I did go on a few slides myself, after they begged. I am not a ride person but I made an exception. Their favorite by far was the boat/raft slide that hangs above the park. If you look at my photo above you can see it towards the top right.
The rooms very clean, colorful, and restful. It was nice to retire to them after so much waterplay. Plus they had a treasure chest waiting for us when we checked in. The kids loved that and my daughter has been wearing the flower leis from the chest to school all week. With the addition of a rollaway bed this room fit all 5 of us perfectly.
Our room also had a deck attached and we had a lovely view of the Bay. I imagine it is really something in spring and summer but I loved looking at it in winter too. We bird watched quite a bit…
After checking in we went to the waterpark straight away…
And at the entrance they had an arcade and a dinosaur display highlighting the dinosaurs they have at Cedar Point. We will be going (for the first time) this year so we were all excited to get that small taste. My 7 year old is still crazy for dinosaurs. They are animatronic and very life like.
Then of course we scanned our wrists bands and went into the park. Here is a photo of the wave pool, which my kids had never seen before. My poor Ohio kids didn’t know what a wave pool was??? This Arizona girl was/is horrified.
It ended up being a big favorite for my oldest.
After all the waterplay we ate in one of several hotel restaurants, Mango Mike’s. It is right on the water so you have a gorgeous view and the island music they have playing makes you feel like you are at a tropical resort.
Then we engaged in some of the planned activities they have for families. You can of course choose to play in the waterpark till late but they also have many other things to do. We ended up painting CastAway Bay beach towels with fabric paint. Even the husband and I had a blast doing that. Plus they sent us home with fabric markers in case we didn’t finish (which we hadn’t). We love our new towels…they are a great souvenir.
Before we retired we stuck around to get a picture with Snoopy. My kids have no idea who he is but he is a big dog, what is not to like?? At checkout they gave me a framed picture, which was lovely…
Friday, February 15th, 2013