Archive for the ‘Summer Fun’ Category

We love waterparks.  Well, JM, Nic & Aria do.  I hate being wet & soggy like leftover eggs but I put up with it and have as much fun as I can.  Everytime we go to a waterpark we have more fun than the last as Aria ia bigger and able to enjoy more.  We have always gone to the Niagara Fallsview waterpark as its familiar and convenient.  But this time Nic tried to find a new place and since we cant quite afford the Wolf place yet we instead settled on a place we had never heard of before – The Americana Resort & Waterpark.

So this past weekend, off we trekked (drove) to the Americana, located, like all the waterparks, at Niagara.

Im not sure why we had not heard of this place before as it is a definite keeper.  The suite was comparable to the Sheraton or Skyline Inn we’ve stayed at while using the Fallsview waterpark with the exception that it comes with a fridge and microwave – a major yay as we were able to store and heat milk for Aria and some freezer snacks to tide us over between meals.   This is something that the Fallsview hotels do not have and a major pro for those with babies and smaller kids.

And speaking of babies and smaller kids, the waterpark, Waves, has a tot pool.  Again, something that is missing in Fallsview.  At the Fallsview waterpark, your best bet with toddlers is sitting at the beach entry of the wave pool or watching your toddler like a hawk as they play amid the older kids on the childrens splash pad.  At Waves there was a tot pool, about 1 foot of water that had swings for the kids and mini slides for the toddlers.  JM had a ton of fun in this pool as it was where Aria and myself spent most of our time.

The beach entry pool is comparable to Fallsview except that they waves go in all different directions – something that JM enjoyed – being thrown around randomly by the waves, but not something I enjoyed as much, I much prefer the single direction waves at Fallsview.

The childrens play area is pretty similar to Fallsview; my one biggest complain is that while the rest of the waterpark is heavy on the life guards this area is not monitored at all and Im not sure why!  Who decided that the kids splash area with 2 water slides did not require a lifeguard?

The body slide, which finally JM was able to ride on, having crossed the 42″ requirement was extreme fun.  There were 2 body slides, one open and one closed.  We had races with him on these slides.  I came down the open slide the most as the one time I went in the closed one I felt extreme claustrophobia.   But thats just me.

There was also the tube slides which again, JM was able to go down wearing a life vest and accompanied by an adult.  I did not go down these slides as apparently they were faster than the body slides and both were closed and completely dark.  If I felt claustrophobic in the ‘slower’ slide which was not darkened at all, there was no way I was going in a faster, pitch black slide!  But JM and Nic lived on these slides.

My one biggest complaint with this park (almost a reason to not come back) is the temperature.  The water was cold, the air outside the water was cold.  Fallsview is kept very humid so you actually go into the water to cool down and that makes it enjoyable. Here, we had to frequently take the kids out and wrap them in towels to warm them up.  Ridiculous!

We couldnt enjoy the beach entry for this reason as well – too cold, both the water and room temperature.   I really found it difficult to understand why the park was kept so cold with neither of the pools heated.  Nic and I were able to go to the jacuzzi to warm up- but what about the toddlers?!

Overall I prefer the Americana to the Fallsview because of Aria and the facilities available to me to make her stay enjoyable, once she’s out of the milk-all-the-time stage and able to enjoy the regular pools I’ll go back to Fallsview.




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3.5 hours from vacation time

What does it feel when things dont go your way?

I cant honestly say I would know, because for the most part, things do go my way- but there are times, there are time, man are there times- when they dont!

My vacation [just a trip to visit family, but something that promises to be fun] starts in exactly 3.5 hours.  At 5pm we’re going to stop dealing with all the issues we have on the table and just be in vacation mode.

So no more worrying about our blessed landlord who is giving us grief. [again]

No more worrying about our apartment application and all the myriad of paperwork we have to complete for it. [how about I trade in my first born, can we call it even then?]

No more worrying about other countless side dishes of worry that are fighting for space on our plates.

We are on vacation, woo hoo!

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