We’ve found a new summer bucket list obsession – water parks. Yesterday, we spent the day at Knott’s Soak City and it was fun for the whole family. Darren and I loved the water slides, Athena loved Gremmie Lagoon, and we all enjoyed Tidal Wave Bay and Sunset River. We didn’t waste any of the day, arriving at opening and leaving at close. Shriveled like prunes and exhausted from all the fun, we drove home chatting about how soon we can return. Knott’s Berry Farm is one of my favorite amusement parks, a great place to spend Halloween during Knott’s Scary Farm and a summer bucket list must at Knott’s Soak City.
When we arrived at Knott’s Soak City, we went directly to Gremmie Lagoon. It offers a playground of interactive octopus, submarines and other over-sized landmarks that squirt, sprinkle, soak and splash kids and parents too. It was the ideal introduction to the water park for Athena, allowing her to get use to the water and splashing before more intimidating experiences like Tidal Wave Bay. She built up her courage to go down a water slide at Gremmie Lagoon before we asked her to try Sunset River.
Athena had never been on a lazy river before. The gentle current of Sunset River at Knott’s Soak City moved us along in the water and Athena sat comfortably on my lap while we floated in a tube. Darren was our anchor and guided us through the water if groups or kids were too close for comfort. Once Athena relaxed, she wanted to try floating in the water like Daddy.
It was the greatest part of our day or even our month. She tried to run in the water but the current was too strong for her. Darren and I each held her arm and ran while the water rushed against her. She loved it. The faster we went, the more she giggled. She wanted to pull us too. We may be lighter in the water, but she still struggled to make any headway. We did an entire lap like this and she was exhausted, but joyful, when we got out. She thought the big pool, Tidal Wave Bay, would be a good place to relax. She was obviously in for a surprise.
There weren’t any waves when we first got into the pool. It was calm and relaxing. Athena bobbed up and down as she sang songs and danced in the water.
Darren and I took turns staying with her while the other parent went on a water slide. We’re both just big kids so we love the water slides and splash zones.
Our summer bucket list includes dozens of family fun activities like camping, hiking, traveling, swimming, various lessons, beach and pool days, museums and visiting family. We packed it full of adventures and unique opportunities. Even though we’ve now visited Knott’s Soak City water park, it’s not time to cross it off the list just yet. I’m certain we’ll all want to return again and again. This is one summer bucket list item that will be on every list for years to come.