Saturday, June 25, 2011


With Joe's school is slowing down a bit, I thought it would be fun to have a day out with the family, and really do something the kids would enjoy. After weighing a lot of option, which included climbing woods, festivals, playgrounds, and long train rides, I settled for swimming. The kids have always loved to swim, especially since having our own pool the past few years. There are several waterparks in Holland, and luckily most of them are indoors. I really wanted to go to one that has a wildwaterbaan. This is built similar to a river with rapids. There are bumps and quick descents.
We settled for a Centerparcs pool at the Eemhof. They have several regular slides, and also one of the wildwaterbanen. And what came as a somewhat of a surprise, was that it was outside! And although it rained on and off all day, the water was still warm enough to be comfortable.

An interesting difference between American waterparks and Dutch waterparks, is that the rules are followed very loosely here. At the top of the wildwaterbaan slide there's a sign that says that this slide is only for experienced swimmers. It is dangerous for small children. There's no height limit. Or guards at the top, middle, and bottom bothering you. And if I want to take my 5 year old, who is wearing a life jacket down, go for it!

I lost count after about the 10th time going down. It was a blast, and the kids also seemed to really enjoy themselves. They loved being the decision makers all day. Which slide to do next? Get lunch when they wanted, and finally after a long day of swimming saying it was time to go home. A successful day!

And what was Coco doing all day?
Well, apparently this only lasted about 2 seconds, and she spent the rest of the day entertaining Shamantha's kids and terrorizing the cats. Still, the socializing is good for her!

1 comment:

Nancy Sabina said...

Looks like a ton of fun! Those days when you can relax the rules are bit are so nice!

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