Ben picked her up from school and took her to McDonald's because she has been totally jonesing for a Happy Meal. He offered Chuck E. Cheese, but all she wanted to do was go home and play with her new toys.
We drove all the way there, changed into our swimsuits, and checked out our room (adequate, but not as nice as the Kalahari).
Then we braved the weird underground walkway from our room to the water park
It was about 5:30 when we finally got inside. And Jack said, "Oh wow! Did you guy know this place closes at 7?"
Duuuuuuuuuude. No. We so didn't know that because we assumed it closed at like 10 because WHY WOULDN'T IT?!
It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We water parked the shit out of that place for 90 minutes.
And then we left our swim suits and cover ups in the hotel room and drove home to sleep in our own damn beds (because it didn't open again until 10:00 am and the kids wake up around, oh, SIX).
We were the first happy assholes at the arcade when it opened at 9:30. Also, Dorothy calls it an arcave.
Turns out there are few things I find more adorable than how seriously children plan out their arcade ticket purchases. Whoopee cushions, fans, and crappy candy for all!
Dorothy conquered her fear of large slides on this trip, and she tried and tried and tried until she could do the obstacle course pool on her own. Hashtag growth mindset.
(I only have a picture of Cooper doing it because it was really hard to get pictures of anything at this water park, especially because I kept surreptitiously retrieving my phone because this place lacks indoor cabanas, which, major bummer)
Also, it was SO COLD in this place! I need my indoor water park to be AT LEAST 84 degrees and humid.
Cooper discovered that he LOVES water slides
You guys, they even got to eat Dippin' Dots, the ice cream of the past.
Jack insisted we stop into one of the many, many candy store lining the main street of the adorable Dells, and he was right.
We avoided these, though, because seriously.