Friday, February 7, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - Kalahari favorites

While our area was getting its 74th snowfall of the season (a 6 incher this time), we were spending time up at the beautiful Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.  This is our third trip to Kalahari, and although it is a bit on the pricey side, it is totally worth it!!  I've shared before how Kalahari truly does it all right, cutting no corners, and makes an amazing oasis for all ages to enjoy.  We especially loved this time taking off our winter coats on Sunday, stuffing them in the closet and not even seeing them til Wednesday!  There's something so refreshing about taking a much needed winter break. We not only took advantage of the waterpark (covered under the room charge) but we splurged and bought passes to the indoor theme park.  It was a huge hit, for sure!!!!

So to summarize our favorites of our trip, I thought I'd join in with "7 Quick Takes Friday"....

Rides at the Theme Park:  Bumper boats were a favorite for our two littlest ones. When we first saw this ride, Neil and I both thought it was kinda a cheesy ride and would be a flop.  Surprisingly, the kids LOVED it!   The little kids also enjoyed the Carousel and the Ferris WheelGo Karts were a huge hit for the 5 big kids (Pookey was too short), and there was an awesome viewing area up by the bowling alley.    XD Dark Ride was a motion 3D shooting ride.  All five big kids tried it, but mostly Neil, Fone and Mario enjoyed it the best - a little too intense for the others.  Then there was the 360 ride - a CrAzY spinning upside-down ride that only Mario was brave enough to try out. 

Activities at the Theme Park:  The list of these seems to go on and on as well.  We went bowling as a group with our family and the cousins as well.  Our family loved Laser Tag and did this many times!   The Atomic Rush was like a giant Simon game where you have to tap your color square All the kids loved this, although Pookey was a tad short and couldn't reach all the shapes.  Fone and Mario went up the Climbing Wall - what little monkeys they are - they just climbed right up with no problem at all!  There were two rope courses:  one for the older crew and one for the younger crew.  All 6 big kids and Neil attempted, although three of them chickened out and never completed it - lol!  You may be able to figure that one out from the pictures...  


Cousin time!!!  This was the second time this set of cousins joined us at Kalahari.  It was so nice to be with them and see the kids having such a good time together.  

Grandparents time!!  Neil's parents drove up and back for the day to see and spend time with their boys and families.  The kids were thrilled to see them and took advantage of them not being in swimming clothes, and gave plenty of lovin's in the form of wet hugs! Then when we got home from our trip, Big Red could pull right in our garage because Neil's parents had cleared the drive from the six inches of snow!  (thank you!!!!)

Godparents time!!  Our sweet Pookey was especially thrilled because we had a special visit from his Godparents during the last night of our trip, since they live up in that area.  They joined us for pizza and all the fun at the Theme Park.  How blessed we were to spend this special time with them!!  
Pookey and his Godparents

The HUGE indoor waterpark!!  Of course, this is the main attraction of Kalahari!  They have three kiddie play areas, two that are very large and can entertain the littles for hours.  All the while, the bigger kids run back and forth between all the fun rides and slides of the park....  Victoria Falls (family tube ride), Master Blaster, Lazy River, Rippling Rhino, Wave Pool, ZigZag Zebra, Shooting Star Pool (with lily pads and basketball hoops), indoor/outdoor hot tub, Boogie Boarding, and more!!!  
Melody and Rose

Don't you just love her praying hands?

And BEST OF ALL is the bonding and family time!!!  So many wonderful, grace-filled, proud mommy moments during our trip!  How blessed I am!!!!

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