End-of-Summer Family Fun at Splashway



There are a few things we look forward to every summer – sleeping late, visiting family, and going to Splashway, our favorite water park.

Although there are closer water parks, we prefer to make the 1 ½ hour journey to Splashway because we like the laid back, family-friendly vibe. My kids love the park’s attractions and start talking about them in June even though we typically save the trip for a hot August day – and this year was no different.

We arrived at Splashway around lunch time and located a table. My wife offered to prepare lunch before we began our adventures. We were both surprised that our always-hungry sons passed up lunch. They were too excited to eat.

“Last one to the lazy river is a rotten egg,” said my 10-year old son as he and his brother power walked to the water and began searching for a tube.

I have to admit I was as excited as they were.

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Whiling away a few carefree hours in an inflatable tube was the perfect way to spend a steamy Texas afternoon. And the best part was that my youngest son was finally old enough to enjoy all of the park’s charms. In previous years, my wife, daughter, and I would take turns supervising him at the smaller play structures, but not anymore. At 7, he’s tall enough to go wherever he wanted.

Despite the abundance of water slides, pools, and play structures, my family spent most of our time on the lazy river, where we could just lay back, relax, and let the water’s current carry us.

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While on the river, my kids decided to make up a few games such as push Daddy underneath the waterfall, knock Mommy out of her tube, and dunk your sibling.

We eventually did get around to eating. Thanks to a cooler packed with drinks, sandwiches, fruit and an assortment of Frito-Lay chips, we were able to save money and time on our meal.

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Less time on food meant more time to try a few of the park’s water slides. My wife and daughter, the thrill seekers, decided to take the plunge on the Midnight Storm. It was a two-person inflatable raft that sent them zooming through a pitch-black tunnel that was so dark they couldn’t even see their hands in front of their faces. They loved it so much that they were still laughing and talking about it when they reconnected with us.

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When it was finally time to leave, we were all exhausted but anxious to start our countdown for our next trip to the water park.

Stay Strong,

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This is a sponsored post by Frito-Lay. All opinions are my own.


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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at fjgoodall@mochadad.com or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mochadad

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