Last weekend the Savvy Sassy family was invited to the opening weekend of Knott’s Soak City, in Orange County and well, we never turn down a waterpark! We have been to a few other water parks including a fantastic indoor water park in Minnesota in the middle of the winter! So, we grabbed our suits and lathered up our sunscreen to see what Soak City had to offer….
When we first arrived we headed right over in the Gremmie Lagoon first, aka the toddler section. This area is for children under 54 inches tall. The entire pool area is very shallow and safe for all the little ones to splash around, but still has many lifeguards on duty. The submarine in the middle has three little slides and the kids can even go in and out of the submarine, which also sprays water. There are plenty of lounge chairs all around gremmie lagoon and we even grabbed a spot under one of the tents for some shade.
Parent Perk: This area also has a large grassy area right next to it, so it is perfect for setting up a blanket and large sun umbrella for a nice comfy place to let the little ones nap if they need to. You can even bring in your own fold up chairs if you want.
We hit up Sunset River next, and we got there while it was still practically empty. I loved how wide this river was and how long it was, a perfect amount of time to sit back and relax. Both of my kids are under 48 inches and the river is only 3 1/2 feet deep , meaning they could both touch the bottom but they had to wear a life jacket. My daughter can completely swim so she was a little bummed. While my little guy still needs a little help so I felt much more safe with him wearing one for sure.
Since the lazy river wasn’t quite enough action for the kiddos, they wanted to check out Tidal Wave Bay, which is the large controlled wave pool. This happened to be wear we spent most of our day. My kids loved crashing into the waves and body surfing. Once again, life jackets were required for my little monkeys – safety first!
Parent Perk: The lifeguards were really on top of things and you could find one everywhere you looked. They are all over the park and I noticed how serious they took their jobs an how alert they were. I was impressed.
If you have older children and want a little bit more of a water park thrill, don’t worry they have plenty of high, twisting and terrorizing slides as well. The laguna storm water tower, malibu run, old man falls and the pacific sun all are for the thrill seekers. The pacific sun was this crazy looking funnel and I had my eyes on it all day, but unfortunately never made it on. Maybe next time.
Parent Perk: if you are looking for a little bit more of a VIP experience there are cabana rentals that also include a waitress/server. There are also lockers to rent for any of your valueables and a gift shop with plenty of swim essentials in case you forgot your sunscreen.
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