This morning, I entered an appointment in my calendar for next week, and I realized how close we were to the beginning of October. I was so surprised I needed to double check that I didn’t click the wrong date. Time seems to be to be moving so quickly lately, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. With Jason’s constant travel back and forth to California, we try to pack our days and weekends when he is in town. Since he was around this past weekend, we decided to take the kids to Pocono’s newest indoor waterpark, Kalahari Resorts.
After Ryder’s soccer game on Saturday, we packed the car, and headed to Pennsylvania. With a quick stop for food, and less than 2 hours in the car, we arrived at the resort. We were greeted by the African safari themed lobby, boasting oversized giraffes, gorillas, and elephants statues all around. Once we received our wristbands, which served as room keys and park admission, we quickly made our way to our room to change. This is our first time at an indoor water park, and I have to be honest wasn’t sure what to expect. The resort has only been open since July and I was extremely impressed at how much it really catered to kids of all ages. At 100,000 square feet, the indoor park was well run and super immaculately clean.
The kids went straight for the slides, followed by a leisurely float around in the lazy river, and plenty of dousing’s on the giant splash pad, for 3 straight hours. The African theme was incorporated in the water park, with slides and rides are names accordingly, including the Anaconda and Swahili Swirl slides. Jason and I took turns riding the bigger slides with Ryder, which turned out to be a pretty big thrill for us “big kids.” He rode them over and over again, without fear. They had some much fun, that it was a struggle to get them back to the room, for showers before dinner.
Kalahari Resort offers a number of dinner options within the resort, so guests can remain on the grounds for meals. That evening we chose Brandberg, a tavern style restaurant with steak, fish and everything in between. As dinner ended, both girls started to fade, with Siella sleeping in our booth. We quickly headed back to the room, but not before a detour by the ice cream and candy shop. After the girls were settled in bed, Jason and Ryder went back down to the huge arcade, on the lower level. They had so much fun playing and winning tickets for prizes, that Ryder stayed up way past his bedtime.
The next morning the kids woke ready for another day of adventures. We started at the outdoor pool to soak up some sun, but the slides were calling our names, so it was back to the indoor park for us. Coming off his first full summer of boogie boarding, Ryder tried the FloRider, which is a body surfing wave pool. With an instructor on hand to show you fancy moves, boarders can try different positions all while riding the constant waves.
We finished our day back in the arcade, with each kid walking away with a small prize. Kalahari is the perfect place for a weekend escape, because it really caters to children of all ages. While leaving, the kids begged to come back one day during winter. I can say we will definitely be back, and look forward to their additional 200,000 sq ft indoor water park expansion, coming next year.